ESC Region One WeTeach_CS Collaborative

Director

Ms. Sylvia Escobar
Learning Resources Integration / STEM Specialist
sescobar@esc1.net
9569846047

Abstract

The Region One ESC WeTeach_CS Collaborative is a program that will run from January 2, 2018, through August 5, 2018, that will serve teachers who have a desire to challenge the TExES 8-12 Computer Science teacher certification exam and to teach a secondary computer science course or who would like to increase their knowledge in Computer Science in order to improve computational thinking and academic achievement for CS students. The program will provide sustained professional development focused on Computer Science using a combination of workshops, summer institutes, conferences, and online courses. The program was designed in collaboration with partners from the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley College of Engineering & Computer Science, local high-need school districts, and the Region One Education Service Center. The WeTeach_CS Teachers (CSTs) will participate in a minimum of 60 hours of CS-focused professional development and will be able to select from a variety of trainings including 10 Saturday hands-on workshops, 2 weeks of summer institutes, a multi-week online course, and 4 two-hour webinars in order to meet their individual goals. A total of 30 CSTs will be recruited to participate in the WeTeach_CS Collaborative. All professional development will be geared towards providing the CSTs the necessary knowledge of Computer Science concepts in order to successfully challenge the TExES 8-12 Computer Science exam and teach a CS course. CS Summer Institute trainings will be conducted in conjunction with partnering entities such as Texas Instruments. Much of the provided professional development will consist of hands-on application of Computer Science. The program will be evaluated through the use of feedback forums, surveys, and needs assessments in order to determine the effectiveness of the WeTeach_CS program on supporting Computer Science education in the Region One area.


Administrative Team Members

NameProfessional Title
Mrs. Sylvia EscobarSTEM / LRI Specialist

Training Events

EventDates
Teaching Computational Thinking and Unplugged CS 3/3/2018 - 3/3/2018
Blockly Programming Using Scratch3/24/2018 - 3/24/2018
From Hour of Code to code.org4/7/2018 - 4/7/2018
Computer Science 1014/14/2018 - 4/14/2018
Beginning Robotics Using Ozobots, Sphero, and LEGO WeDo 2.04/21/2018 - 4/21/2018
Blockly Programming to Python Using Trinket4/28/2018 - 4/28/2018
3D and VR Programming Using Alice and Cospaces5/5/2018 - 5/5/2018
Advanced Robotics Using LEGO EV35/12/2018 - 5/12/2018
Programming Drones5/26/2018 - 5/26/2018
App Development Using MIT App Inventor and Apple Swift6/2/2018 - 6/2/2018
2018 WeTeach_CS Summit6/18/2018 - 6/20/2018
WeTeach_CS Certification Prep6/11/2018 - 6/12/2018
Beginning Raspberry Pi6/13/2018 - 6/13/2018
TI CS Fundamentals6/21/2018 - 6/22/2018
TI Advanced7/16/2018 - 7/17/2018
WEBINAR - Advanced Topics in Computer Science: Creating User-Defined Functions, including Recursion4/16/2018 - 4/16/2018
WEBINAR - Advanced Topics in Computer Science: Manipulating Text with String Processing4/30/2018 - 4/30/2018
WEBINAR - Advanced Topics in Computer Science: Constructing Searching & Sorting Algorithms5/21/2018 - 5/21/2018
Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers (Spring 2018)1/9/2018 - 7/29/2018
CS Discoveries Workshop4/21/2018 - 4/21/2018