PD and curriculum providers discuss how to improve their programs at the PD Provider Summit at the 2022 CSTA Annual Conference

Curriculum and PD providers in particular have a lot of power to influence what’s viewed as “normal” in the CS classroom. The relatively few people who write curriculum or design PD have an outsized impact. We need to learn, grow, ask questions, and build community in order to live up to responsibilities of that impact. Also, meeting other curriculum and PD nerds is fun!

If you design PK-12 computer science professional development at scale, we welcome you to join our community, led by volunteers from this community. We will focus on supporting teacher development of equitable and inclusive teaching practices. Goals include building community, sharing best practices, solving collective challenges, and exchanging ideas. This will enable us to collectively improve as a community and make more a substantial impact on the field.

screenshot of the 50+ participants in the virtual PD Provider Summit on July 14, 2023

Save the Dates!

In 2023-24, virtual PD Provider Summits will be held on the following Fridays from noon to 2pm ET:

  • July 14, 2023
  • October 6, 2023
  • January 19, 2024
  • April 12, 2024
Join the Next PD Provider Summit on October 6, 2023

Hosting Equity-focused PD in the Current Political Climate

The last few years have seen many parts of the United States pass laws limiting or outlawing curriculum and PD that include DEI topics. Yet, equity and inclusion are essential to the knowledge and skills of effective CS teachers, as delineated in the Standards for CS Teachers and in one of CSTA’s core values. This has created a complicated landscape in which providers must decide how to create PD aligned to their current political landscape. In this summit, several PD providers will share their own experiences and strategies navigating the current context while maintaining a focus on equity. As always, we will have plenty of time for discussion with other providers, including on other topics of interest, so please add your suggestions for birds-of-a-feather breakouts in the registration form.

Details

  • Date: Friday, October 6, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 to 2:00 pm ET
  • Location: Zoom (virtual) – link will be shared directly with registrants
  • Cost: Free
  • Audience: People who design PK-12 computer science professional development and curriculum at scale
  • CS Teacher Standards Alignment: 2a. Examine issues of equity in CS; 2b. Minimize threats to inclusion; 3e. Leverage community resources; 3f. Participate in CS professional learning communities

Agenda

Time (ET)TopicFacilitators
12:00 – 12:05KickoffGT Wrobel
12:05 – 12:25Opening Statements: Hosting Equity-focused PD in the Current Political ClimateKalisha Davis, Lien Diaz, Sofia de Jesus, Becca Dovi
12:25 – 12:45Breakout Discussions
12:45 – 1:15Panel Discussion: Hosting Equity-focused PD in the Current Political ClimateKalisha Davis, Lien Diaz, Sofia de Jesus, Becca Dovi
1:20 – 1:50Birds of a Feather Discussions
1:50 – 2:00Close-outJared O’Leary

Resources from Prior Summits

Community Directory

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This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2118453. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.