Computer Science Professional Development for NH Teachers

computer science teacher professional development

With support from Google CS4HS, New Hampshire CS Teacher Professional Development (NH-CS4HS) offers a four-week summer workshop for the Mobile CS Principles course and school year further CS learning development with live hangouts and mini-workshops.


About the Program

Summer Course

Dates: June 27 - July 22, 2016; Format: fully online or in a blended format  

The blended format combines face-to-face time instruction during the first and fourth week with online instruction during the second and third week. Face-to-face instruction schedule:

First & Fourth Weeks:  June 27 - July 1 and July 18 - 22

Time: 9 AM - 3 PM, Monday through Friday (lunch included)

Location: UNH STEM Discovery Lab, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester

School Year Support and Learning Activities

Pedagogical Resources
Mobile CSP course is hosted on Google Course Builder and structured with two branches:

  • Student-facing branch contains all of the lessons and activities that students would work through
  • Teacher-facing branch has lesson plans, rubrics, auxiliary resources, and all of the materials that teachers would need to teach the course.

Classroom Support: Program leadership team will provide support throughout the school year with just-in-time learning development on CS pedagogy, live hangouts for teams of 3-5 teachers, and three mini-workshops for more practice with lessons and projects. Loaned devices for classroom use will be provided by the UNH STEM Discovery Lab’s Lending Library.

Equipment: Each teacher will receive one Android tablet for use in the PD and their classroom.

Stipend: Accepted teachers will receive a $1,000 stipend for completing the summer course and a  $500 stipend for teaching computational content and practices during the school year and assisting with the collection of research data.

 


Who is Eligible?

To be considered for the NH-CS4HS PD, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a certified teacher, grades 6-12, in any subject, not necessarily computing or STEM
  • Have interest in computational content and practice
  • Commit to integrate Mobile CSP curriculum elements into a designated course of the teacher’s choice in 2016-2017 school year.
  • No prior knowledge of or experience with computer science or computer programming is required.

Learning Experience

Summer Workshop expectations include:

Completion of the four-week PD course, approximately 30 hours per week requiring:

  • Work through a selection of the content units
  • Maintaining an online portfolio of the work on the lessons
  • Completion of the final course assessment
  • Taking a pre- and post-PD questionnaire
  • Completion of the final course assessment
  • Taking a pre- and post-PD questionnaire
During the school year, teachers will:

Integrate Mobile CSP curriculum elements into a designated course to engage students with computational practices relevant to creating and reflecting upon personally and socially useful mobile apps

  • Participate in monthly live hangout meetings with PD master teachers and CS facilitators
  • Participate in three in-person mini-workshops (Saturday mornings, 1st week in November, February, and April)
  • Work with Program Leadership Team to gather data from students
  • Complete a teacher survey at the end of the academic year

How to Apply

The application requires answering some brief questions about yourself and your background. Please note that there is a limited number of spaces. The deadline for applying is June 15, 2016.

Acceptance will be made on a rolling, first-come-first-served basis. Notifications will be sent out no later than June 17.

Completed applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed within 24 hours, after which acceptance decisions will be communicated immediately.

Questions? Please email Mihaela Sabin at mihaela.sabin@unh.edu

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Program Leadership Team

  • Tammy Andrew, CS teacher and CSTA NH Chapter President, Milford High School
  • Greg Chandler, CS teacher, Enfield High School, Enfield, CT
  • Karen Jin, Assistant Professor of CS, UNH Manchester
  • Mihaela Malita, Associate Professor of CS, Saint Anselm College and ME-NH-VT Annual High School Programming Contest Coordinator
  • Irene Martin, Mathematics Teacher, Memorial High School, Manchester
  • Laura Nickerson, STEM Teachers’ Collaborative Director, Leitzel Center, UNH
  • Mihaela Sabin, Associate Professor of CS and STEM Discovery Lab Director, UNH Manchester
  • Ray Wallace, CS Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester and substitute teacher/volunteer ConVal High School, Peterborough

Program Sponsors