Free CS Training July 15-20th!

From our friends at Bootstrap World:

Free Computer Science Training, July 15-20th!

By now, you’ve seen the announcement from the Infosys Foundation:“Infosys Foundation USA to Host FREE Computer Science Training for over 800 Public School Teachers in Summer 2018”. 

Bootstrap will be there, and we’re training select teachers on our brand-new Data Science curriculum, for students in grades 8-12

Are you a social studies teacher, whose students are talking about the impact of the electoral college?

Are you a business teacher, whose students study sales data?

Are you a stats teacher, who is looking to bring linear regression to life?

Are you a CS Principles teacher looking for a rigorous unit on Data?

We see students as natural Data Scientists. They’ll argue passionately about which restaurant is best, which singer is the most talented, which athlete is the GOAT, etc…and they quickly turn to data to back up their conclusions. Our introductory Data Science module meets students where they are, teaching them to apply real-world data science skills to answer questions they care about and to write a real research paper about their findings.

The Bootstrap: Data Science module is designed to integrate smoothly into each of these courses, reinforcing the content you already teach by giving students the skills to get their hands dirty with real data. And as an introductory class, Data Science can be used with students who’ve never programmed before. As with every Bootstrap module, our Data Science curriculum comes with all the batteries included: detailed lesson plans, a complete student workbook, as well as sample code, starter files, a slide deck, and standards alignment.

Free trainings fill up fast. We know.

As one of our partners, we want to make sure that your teachers can take advantage of this opportunity to get access to Bootstrap: Data Science. To make this possible, we can reserve space for up to five of your teachers, as long as they apply before January 15th.

How to apply:
1) Contact us ASAP to tell us you want to reserve your spots!
2) Have your teachers sign up at
3) Once they’ve applied, let us know their names so that we can keep an eye out for them.

Data Science is the Next Big Thing in CS Education, and we’re proud to be the first national provider to offer an end-to-end Data Science curriculum. We can’t wait to share it with you, and we’ll see you in Bloomington!

Emmanuel, Emma, Ed, Shriram and Kathi
Bootstrap World

Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code: December 4-10, 2017

Next week is Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code!

Check out these links and sign up!

C-STEM 2-Day Academy on Integrated Computing and STEM Education

This 2-Day Academy will provide K-14 teachers with hands-on experience on how to use freely available C-STEM Studio and RoboBlockly, as well as C-STEM Math-ICT curriculum with interactive computing, programming, and robotics that aligns with the Common Core Math and ICT Sector standards. The academy is targeted at K-14 classroom STEM teachers, as well as math/CTE/Science coordinators, who are interested in bringing hands-on computing, and virtual and hardware Linkbot and/or Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 robots on:

  • Integrating Computing & Robotics into Math courses aligned to Common Core Standards
  • Integrating Computing & Robotics into Science courses aligned to Next Generation Science Standards
  • Offering computer programming and/or robotics courses in your school
Offering robotics in after school or summer programs in your school, district, and county
  • Developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Implementing new teaching strategies and collaborative learning
  • Working to close the achievement gap
  • Preparing students to be career and college ready
  • Working with gifted students to challenge them to solve real-world problems
Engaging at-risk students with hands-on learning

Download the 2DayAcademyDec2-3SD flyer or for more information, please contact Tasha Frankie, Assistant Professor, Computer and Information Science at:
or contact and visit

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!

Pace GenCyber Cybersecurity Summer Workshop for High School Teachers

The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University invites you to attend a seven-day summer workshop aimed at introducing high school teachers to diverse topics in cybersecurity, free of cost.
The workshop will include lectures, hands-on exercises, presentations by industry professionals, group discussions, and lesson design projects. By the end of the program, participants will develop lesson plans that integrate cybersecurity concepts into their curricula or after-school programming.
Participants will receive a $1,250 stipend upon completion of all workshop sessions and activities.


  • Basic Concepts in Cybersecurity
  • Cryptography
  • Access Control
  • Biometrics
  • Cybersecurity Analytics



This workshop is supported by the GenCyber program, and funded jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

Bring Computer Science to Your High School! is offering high-quality, no-cost professional learning for high school Computer Science Principles this summer through its network of Regional Partners. The signup deadline was just extended to 4/14, so act soon!

Why teach computer science in high school?

  • 90% of parents want their child to learn computer science in school
  • Students rank it their favorite subject after dance and arts
  • This is the top source of all new wages in the US (527,169 job openings nationwide). It’s the future!

No matter your experience or background, you can bring computer science to your school.

Computer Science Principles (Grades 10-12)

Designed to be far more than a traditional introduction to programming – CS Principles is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the big, foundational ideas of computing so that all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in. This is an AP course that can be taught as a non-AP course as well.

For further information contact
Vinh Luong
Regional Manager, Southwest