A total of 50 Delaware teachers across different school districts attended the Partner4CS Summer Teacher Professional Development (“PD”) from June 19 – 23, 2017. These teacher participants came from various school departments, including Computer Science, Mathematics, Literacy, Technology, Arts, Science, Library, Foreign Language and Engineering. The majority of teacher attendees teach at the middle to high school levels.

This week-long PD was led by the Partner4CS team at the University of Delaware — Professors Lori Pollock, Chrystalla Mouza, Terry Harvey, and James Atlas. Additionally, five teacher leaders (Yanaka Bernal, Laurie Drumm, Maureen Masters, Tanga Myers and James Sekcienski) from local schools facilitated the content organization and activity implementation for this PD.

Contents and learning objectives of this PD were divided into two tracks: one for Computer Science Principle (“CSP”) AP teachers and the other one for non-AP teachers. Sessions designed for both tracks covered topics from CS education tools and technology, CS curriculum to CS pedagogy. In addition, teacher participants had opportunities to practice teaching CS concepts through their creation of computational artifacts (see Figure 1) and through interacting with experts and other teachers (see Figure 2). This PD also set up “Teaching Showcase” sections which allowed teachers to share their experience and expertise in CS education. A full list of the PD schedule can be found here.

The gallery presented below showcased how teacher attendees engaged into this week-long PD.

This is the fifth summer PD organized and hosted by the Partner4CS team at the University of Delaware. For more information about our previous PD sections, please visit the Partner4CS website.