Earn 24 hours of continuing professional education with this professional development to support your efforts, as a computer science teacher, to develop the insight, resources, and skills necessary to move computer science education into the forefront of your school and communities' priorities.
Course Start
March 22, 2021, 1 p.m.

This course is provided to you by the Nevada Department of Education and will be led by Julian Jackson.

Start/End Dates of Course: 03/22/2021 - 05/10/2021

The purpose of this course is to support teachers as they work to make their CS courses more inclusive and diverse. It is primarily intended for the secondary CS teacher, but the strategies and research addressed are applicable for addressing equity and inclusion in any STEM course. The course is divided up into six modules and includes topics such as 

·      Inclusive recruitment strategies

·      Working with course gatekeepers such as counselors and other teachers

·      Examining your own unconscious bias and cultural misunderstanding

·      Leveraging CS as a tool for addressing social justice

·      Culturally responsive pedagogy

·      CS for neurodiverse learners

·      Intersectionality and its impact on CS identity

·      Applying research-based strategies such as pair programming, CS role models, connecting CS to students’ lives, and building a growth mindset specific to CS

Since the content addresses sensitive topics on equity, diversity, inclusion, prejudice, and social justice, the course makes use of a combination of online content and activities, interactive discussion boards, and supplemental live meetings (in person or online) with your own Professional Learning Cohort. This creates opportunities to share thoughts, feedback, and constructive criticism in a format that is most comfortable for you. Further, the course uses "in the field" activities, such as classroom observation and practical implementation, to enhance the learning experience and ensure your ability to apply the concepts and techniques throughout the course. Each participant will complete the course by producing a working action plan as culmination of the learning experience.


For questions related to registration, please contact Nathalie Beausoleil at nathalie.b@tacc.utexas.edu.

For questions related to Canvas or course content, please contact Julian Jackson at jacksj12@nv.ccsd.net.

This course was developed with funding from the Google CS-ER grant program and the Siegel Family Endowment.