In year 2, the Changing Expectations WeTeach_CS Collaborative plans to sustain the Community of Practice for Computer Science Education that builds teacher capacity by increasing computer science and computational thinking knowledge and by facilitating a network so teachers have a sense of community. The WeTeach_CS Collaborative will provide at least 60 hours of rich computer science professional development during face-to-face learning for K-12 teachers primarily from Title I (low income) schools with an interest and passion for technology and for learning alongside their students. The project goals include:
• Participate in Code.org computer science fundamentals implementation support for the new Courses A-F program and the newly aligned DASH and DOT robotics and Micro:bit programs,
• in support of CSforALL, learn how to create inclusive computer science learning for underrepresented students of color and English language learners to broaden their participation,
• delve into the Python programming language, one skill most demanded in cybersecurity work,
• experience being a digital maker and computational thinker by constructing physical computing projects (using Raspberry Pi devices and Python) to use in your own classroom PBL lessons, and
• through the CYBER Teacher online professional development program, learn the Fundamentals of Cybersecurity while connecting their students to the most in-demand STEM career in the world, cybersecurity.
The collaborative will focus deeper on preparing to teach K-12 cybersecurity. We will use computational thinking concepts and approaches to learn block-based programming (using the DASH and Dot Robot and Micro:bit) that scaffolds to the more complex text-based Python programming. In addition, adding more physical computing with Raspberry Pi and Python programming projects will bring real-world applications for learning to code and preparing to teach the skills needed in computer science and cybersecurity. For the second year, several collaborative members and the Project Director will also participate in the Computer Science Teachers Association Annual Conference and share new resources with our Community of Practice for Computer Science Education. The CSTA conference will provide more ideas and resources to implement the new Texas law requiring cybersecurity in schools.