Computer Science is the study of how we use computing devices. Over 70% of jobs in STEM are actually in computing. And the demand is growing. Virginia currently has over 30,000 unified jobs in computer science and this sector is growing at 4 times the national average. Nationally there are more than 500,000 open computing jobs.
In 2016, the Virginia legislature passed a law making Virginia first state in the country to include computer science as a mandatory part of curriculum of all public schools. CodeVA offers free trainings for teachers and districts to prepare to implement the new computer science SOLs. We are excited to host this summer’s Tidewater trainings here in Suffolk, VA!
|July 23 – 27, 2018||Tidewater Virginia
Creekside Elementary School
1000 Bennetts Creek Park Rd,
Elementary Computer Science Coaches Academy
This training awards elementary teachers a certificate as a CodeVA Elementary Computer Science Coach, allowing you to build your district capacity to train your teachers on the new standards.
The VDOE has finalized the new Computer Science SOLs. These standards are defined for each grade K – 8 and are intended to be integrated into core classes.
Elementary Coaches prepare to:
- Conduct local professional development in their district based on the existing PD model
- Instruct teachers in grade level computer science content
- Implement professional development using pedagogy best suited for computer science instruction
- Equip their district to make informed decisions about your ongoing computer science curricular needs
The program includes online modules covering core content, a week long in-person practicum, and four follow up sessions during the school year. All materials and lunches are free of charge.
Launching Computer Science (K-5)
This 8-hour training prepares classroom teachers to integrate computer science into their core curriculum. All of our trainers are current Virginia elementary school teachers, and are experts in incorporating computer science material into existing curriculum.
The training focuses on the computer science content knowledge and practical experience needed to implement the new standards. Resources covered include Code.org materials, Scratch, and strategies on including computer science in regular class lessons.
- Free curricular resources
- Tools and strategies for teaching coding
- Unplugged activities that teach the non-coding SOLs
Computer Science Discoveries
The Middle School Computer Science Standards define a new elective designed to work in all Virginia middle schools. The course is flexible and can be implemented as a 6 or 9 week rotation, or as a 12, 18 or 36 week course. The CS Discoveries training prepares teachers to implement this elective.
Computer Science encompasses far more than just coding. CS Discoveries will provide students with opportunities to explore the many facets of computer science, both in terms of how they are personally relevant as well as how they impact society. The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices.
The initial training takes five days over the summer, and four follow up Saturday sessions during the school year. All materials are free of charge.