K-12 Professional Development

A Complete Classroom Solution

Whether new to teaching computer science or those with several years experience, Nextech's comprehensive professional development course offerings support teachers with diverse backgrounds.  Each program promotes growth in teaching practice and provides space to become comfortable with the curriculum and associated teaching strategies.

In addition, Nextech has partnered with Code.org to bring nationally recognized K-12 curriculum and professional development to elementary, middle and high school classrooms throughout Indiana.

Elementary School

Integrating CS in K-5 English Language Arts

This workshop is intended for elementary school English Language Arts educators who have been asked to bring computer science to their general education and/or ELA classrooms.  Teachers will explore the importance of computer science in society and the classroom as well as an introduction to the Indiana computer science standards (both K-2 and 3-5) and how to bring computer science to their already developed ELA lesson plans and projects.

Attendee: K-5 ELA Teacher

Workshop Length: 1 Day

Dates and Locations: June 17 and July 22, Indianapolis, IN

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Code.org's Computer Science Fundamentals Introduction

Code.org's six CS Fundamentals courses are designed to be flexible for your classroom. How you implement is up to you - teach CS Fundamentals for your next science unit, use it to support math concepts, add technology time to your schedule once a week, or go deeper with extension activities and projects! New to teaching computer science? No worries! Most of our teachers have never taught computer science before.

Attendee: K-5 Computer Science Teacher, Media/Library Specialist, General Education classroom teacher

Workshop Length: 1 Day

Dates and Locations: Various

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Code.org's Computer Science Fundamentals Deep Dive

Teachers who have experience teaching CS Fundamentals and are looking to dive deeper or get more support are welcome to join us at our newest professional development workshop, CS Fundamentals Deep Dive

Attendee: Open to educators with experience teaching CS Fundamentals –both those that have, and have not, previously attended the Code.org Intro workshop

Workshop Length: 1 Day

Dates and Locations: Various

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micro:bit - CS Fundamentals and Beyond

This workshop is intended for elementary and middle school educators who are wondering “what’s next?” after teaching the Code.org CS Fundamentals Courses E, F and/or Express.  Teachers will participate in a hands-on experience learning the capabilities of the micro:bit and how to integrate using it in their CS Fundamentals classroom. Additionally, educators will learn about other free curricula to expand usage of the micro:bit in their classrooms.

Attendee: Teacher already using Code.org's CS Fundamentals Course E, F, or Express

Workshop Length: 1 Day

Dates and Locations: July 16, Indianapolis, IN

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Code.org Partnership

Nextech proudly partners with Code.org to deliver world-class computer science education curriculum and professional development to schools across Indiana. Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. The organization’s vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra.

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“Thank you so much for the outstanding professional development you have provided me this summer. I really appreciate the support you give me in being the best computer science teacher I can be. My students are going to love what I have learned! I can't wait to show them! ”

- Emily C., Middle School CS Teacher

“Having Nextech's support has been huge in helping me make this transition to the world of CS. I know there are a lot of programs out there and I have experimented with several of them. But the support and training I have received from Nextech and Code.org is by far the best for me and my students.”

- Joann N., High School CS Teacher

“In the Nextech training, you work with your colleagues to build the confidence to try something new. There's a few people that have maybe taught CS before, but it's a lot of us coming in and learning for the first time. We're actually learning it's okay to mess up. It's okay if you don't know all the answers.”

- Angela J., High School CS Teacher

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