Teaching CS to CS teachers: Addressing the need for advanced content in K-12 professional development

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Abstract

Two-thirds of all computer science teachers in the United States do not have a degree in computer science. As demand for K-12 computer science education continues to grow, and as industry continues to lure computer science graduates away from careers in education, school administrators are increasingly forced to ask teachers with little formal training in computer science to teach computer science courses. This is such a common phenomenon that there are now many competing summer professional development programs aimed at training teachers of other subjects to teach a first course in computer science. However, once these teachers become comfortable teaching the introductory material, there is little support available for them to gain more content knowledge to be able to support their more advanced students or design additional computer science courses. In this paper, we describe our approach to providing more advanced computer science content knowledge to computer science teachers in a week-long summer professional development pro- gram.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages369-374
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346986
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 8 2017
Event48th ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2017 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Mar 8 2017Mar 11 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Conference on Integrating Technology into Computer Science Education, ITiCSE

Conference

Conference48th ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period3/8/173/11/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

Keywords

  • K-12
  • Professional development

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    Leyzberg, D., & Moretti, C. (2017). Teaching CS to CS teachers: Addressing the need for advanced content in K-12 professional development. In SIGCSE 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 369-374). (Proceedings of the Conference on Integrating Technology into Computer Science Education, ITiCSE). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3017680.3017798