UTMB WeTeach_CS Collaborative


Dr. Marguerite Sognier
Executive Director, Southeast Regional Texas STEM Center; Director, Educational Outreach


The goal of this program is to provide high-quality, sustained professional development opportunities for regional teachers that: 1) enable participants to gain the knowledge and skills required to be qualified to teach Computer Science (CS) and become state certified in CS (grades 8-12); 2) address local CS needs identified by assessments; 3) are aligned with the CS TEKS; and 4) are founded on scientifically based research. This training is designed to substantially enhance classroom effectiveness by: stimulating teacher intellectual growth, significantly improving teacher CS content knowledge, and upgrading teacher instructional skills. This approach is supported by research that has established that teacher quality is essential for student success. By significantly increasing the number of teachers qualified to teach CS, more opportunities can become available for students to learn CS, which will help to meet our future CS-related workforce needs. The targeted teachers for participation in this program are primarily at the middle and high school levels with the overwhelming majority from high needs school districts. Professional development will include Saturday sessions in January-May, a mandatory summer institute, online training courses, additional optional workshops, and the opportunity for at least 5 teachers to attend the We Teach CS Summit. This professional development program will create a cohort of teachers that will share and learn together using venues such as Edmodo, Facebook, and Google Communities. Success will be evaluated by pre/post test assessments of teacher content knowledge, formative and summative assessments performed by external evaluators, and the number of participants that successfully obtain Computer Science certification following program participation.

Administrative Team Members

NameProfessional Title
Dr. Marguerite SognierDirector, Educational Outreach
Mrs. Valerie BlackburnAsst. Dir., SRT-STEM Center

Training Events

Orientation & TI Part 12/24/2018 - 2/24/2018
Ti workshop Part 23/24/2018 - 2/24/2018
Ti Workshop part 44/14/2018 - 4/14/2018
TeXes Test Prep Part 15/19/2018 - 5/19/2018
TeXes Test Prep Part 25/26/2018 - 5/26/2018
CS Pedagogy, Programming Design & Development6/11/2018 - 6/11/2018
Programming Languages & App Development6/12/2018 - 6/12/2018
Arduinos & Mathematics of Programming6/13/2018 - 6/13/2018
CS Programming Mistakes & Tech Apps6/14/2018 - 6/14/2018
CS Specialized topics & Test Prep6/15/2018 - 6/15/2018
WeTeach Online Test Prep Course2/24/2018 - 6/10/2018
Ti Workshop part 34/7/2018 - 4/7/2018
Java & Arduinos4/21/2018 - 4/21/2018
CS Summit Conference6/18/2018 - 6/20/2018