The goal of project PD4CS is to establish an evidence-based professional development (PD) program to improve teachers' knowledge to teach computer science, with a special focus on the effective training of teachers having limited computer science background. This is a joint effort between Purdue University, Michigan State University, and Project Lead The Way.
The PD material was developed along three main guidelines: (i) teaching methodologies and pedagogies grounding in computer science and educational methods, (ii) knowledge of the challenges teachers face when teaching computer science with limited domain knowledge background, and (iii) responding to misconceptions and challenges students encounter in beginning computing courses. The PD material is aligned with the curriculum of the AP CS Principles (CSP) course.
Check out the PD resources at http://www.pd4cs.org/ ! Teachers are welcome to use the material as supplements to their own lessons; many topics give suggestions on how to do so.
Dr. Aman Yadav, Dr. Gustavo Rodriguez-Rivera, Debbie Hagen and Phil Sands participated in a CS Teacher Workshop at Purdue. Teachers from across Indiana and the greater Chicago area spent three days working on issues related to computational thinking and the big ideas in the CS Principle curriculum.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number 1502462. 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.