Free Professional Development for High School TeachersExploring Computer Science and the Summer of CS

Exploring Computer Science and the Summer of CS – Free Professional Development for High School Teachers
The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and the CSforSAC Network are pleased to announce the 2018 Exploring Computer Science (ECS) Summer Institute, which is one of the programs offered during the Summer of CS.  This free, week-long professional development experience will be held at the SCOE Conference Center from Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29.  Currently, this is the only ECS professional development offering in California, so high school teachers from across the state are encouraged to apply.
The 2018 ECS Summer Institute is the first portion of a comprehensive professional development program that provides support and additional professional learning opportunities throughout the school year.  Teachers that are committed to teach the introductory CS course in the 2018-2019 school year will be invited to participate in four one-day workshops during the school year and reconvene for the 2019 ECS Summer Institute.
Because space is limited, interested teachers should apply by January 31, 2018 to participate in the 2018-2019 Exploring Computer Science Professional Development program at!  
Have questions or would like additional information?  Interested in participating in other Summer of CS opportunities?  Email Jared Amalong, CTE Coordinator, at

Continuing Professional Development Pipeline Project


According to the 2017 National Board of Certified Teachers Study, Investing in what it Takes to Move. PD is critical in helping teachers perfect their skills and impact student achievement in their classrooms. CSTA’s new Continuing Professional Development Pipeline, powered by Degreed and funded by grant from Infosys Foundation USA, is launching in Fall 2017 and will bring 5 turn-key resources for K-12 CS teachers including self-selected pathways, community, badging, and amazing PD programs for novice, career stage, and teacher leaders!

CSTA is pleased to announce its partnership with Infosys Foundation USA to create a professional development pipeline. The pipeline provides value for teachers, districts, PD providers and students.

The pipeline will:

  • Personalize learning plans that guide a teacher in selecting the PD pathway that best meets their current and future needs and interests.
  • Create PD-based communities that provide greater support for teachers who pursue or complete various PD programs.
  • Certify PD completion in the form of digital badging and certificates so that teachers can provide authenticated evidence to their schools regarding PD they complete. ·     
  • Track PD over time via a digital portfolio that further assists a teacher in selecting future PD options and manage their overall career development.

Zulama’s 5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Computer Science PD

5 Ways to Make the Most of Computer Science PD

Powered by Zulama and the Computer Science and Game Design Certificate

So you’ve just signed up for a computer science professional development course for this summer (or you’re about to)! As our students know, a new learning experience can be both exciting and a little nerve-wracking. Here are 5 ways you can make the most of your PD:

1. Don’t be afraid to jump in and mess around.

Playing with a new technology is often the best way to learn it and GameMaker has some great tutorials. Consider your five-year-old and how quickly she figured out your smart phone!

2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

In the Zulama and CSTA Computer Science and Game Design PD course, the Support button is your friend, as is our customer service crew. If we don’t have the answer for you ourselves, we’ll work hard to find it out. But first, ASK. If your PD doesn’t provide customer service, ask another teacher or check for forums. Inquiry is part of learning, after all, and that’s what we’re all in the business of doing.

3. Don’t be afraid to fail.

Really. Please. A failed game build or line of code is just an iteration, and iterative development is the way to design anything. Failure is good. Failure teaches.

4. Don’t be afraid to play.

 Building games can be an exciting avenue into CS. And if you build games, you should definitely play games. Ask your students what    games they’re playing and try them out. You’ll better understand where you can go with CS and ways you can teach CS principles if you can speak your students’ language.

 5. Don’t be afraid to dream.

As you work through your course, think about things you could do in your classroom to reinforce and explore CS principles. What can gaming and coding do for you? What can it do for your students?

Haven’t signed up for a CS PD program yet for this summer? Check out the Computer Science & Game Design course, co-designed by the CSTA and Zulama!

You’ll learn game design and programming skills, earning a Computer Science & Game Design Certificate.

Sign up for our Computer Science & Game Design PD here!