9-12 Professional Development
Nextech is excited to provide immersive professional development opportunities to Indiana teachers. These programs are designed for:
- Inservice teachers who are being asked to teach computer science for the very first time and may not have the curriculum knowledge and/or licensure to teach the course(s) OR
- Teachers expanding the computer science pathway or available classes at their school.
At Nextech, our goal is to remove every single barrier to teaching computer science for teachers, schools, and districts.
Select the PD opportunity you would like to learn more about:
OverviewThe Code.org Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) course is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. CS Discoveries is appropriate for 6 – 10th grade students and can be taught as a semester or year-long introductory course (3-5 hours per week of instruction for 9+ weeks). 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 CS Discoveries program offers year-round support. It kicks off with a 5-day summer workshop where you’ll have an opportunity to work hands-on with the curriculum and meet other teachers from your area. Throughout the year, we offer online support for upcoming units, forum support, and 1-day quarterly workshops. You don’t need any prior computer science experience to get started. And teachers love it! 90% rank it the best professional development ever. As the Indiana Code.org Regional Partner, Nextech facilitates professional development activities for all of the Code.org curriculum, including Computer Science Discoveries, Computer Science Principles and Computer Science Fundamentals. Since launching in 2015, Nextech has provided professional development for over 1500 teachers across the state of Indiana. We are on the forefront of the statewide #CSforIN movement, and we’d love to have you as a future partner teacher. To learn more about the Nextech program including commitments, stipends, and more, review this document.
Eligibility and Pre-RequisitesThis workshop is for middle and high school teachers. To attend, you must be committed to teaching the Code.org CS Discoveries curriculum (either as a quarter, semester, or full-year course) in the 2021-22 school year.
- Length: 5 virtual days during the summer + 1 Saturday workshop per quarter
- Cost to Participate: $0
- Stipend: $1000 for the full-year program ($500 for summer, $100 for each academic year workshop, $100 attendance bonus if you attend all)
Applications for CS Discoveries are now open.