Free WeTeach_CS Computer Science (CS) Certification Prep Course for 8-12 Educators launches online version

WeTeach_CS Certification PrepIn an effort to increase the number of certified computer science teachers in Texas, a free online version of the WeTeach_CS Certification Prep (http://thetrc.org/cert-prep/) course is launching June 14. (Registration is open.) Directed to K-12 teachers, the course is designed to improve competencies for the 141 TExES Texas Education Agency’s 8-12 Computer Science Certification Test. After a teacher passes and applies for the certification, a $1,000 stipend will be awarded by the TRC thanks to support from 100Kin10 and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  (Funding is limited, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should check their eligibility for certification prior to registration and be sure to read all application instructions  prior to applying for the stipend. ) AT&T supported the development of the online program with a $50,000 contribution through AT&T Aspire – its signature philanthropic initiative to help ensure students have the skills needed to succeed in the current and future workforce.

WeTeach_CS Certification Prep“Computer literacy is no longer optional,” said Carol Fletcher, Ph.D, deputy director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for STEM Education. “Sixty percent of all STEM jobs require or involve computing yet only two percent of Texas high school graduates take a CS course. By 2020 there will be one million more computing jobs in America than graduates to fill them.  Texas high schools are required to offer CS, but in the 2014 school year less than 15 percent met that requirement and only 14 teachers completed a CS certification program in Texas. This online course will be freely available to any Texas educator, thus bringing CS teacher professional development to every school district in the state.”

WeTeach_CS Certification PrepWeTeach_CS Certification Prep is a comprehensive, six-week program that prepares teachers to take and pass the CS certification test. It reviews all of the main concepts covered in the three certification domains: Software Design and Development, Programming Language topics, and Technology Applications. Teachers with at least some prior experience in coding or programming interested in becoming certified to teach Grades 8-12 Computer Science are eligible to attend. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, Fundamentals of Computer Science, or AP Computer Science A. Course instructors will address several competencies in-depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help prepare them for the challenging CS certification test. For more information, please e-mail WeTeachCS@austin.utexas.edu.

 

 

UT Dallas – TRC Computer Science Workshops for Math and Science Teachers

UT Dallas – TRC Computer Science Workshops for Math and Science Teachers (see attached flyer for more details)

Who? Current Middle and High School Math and Science teachers

Why?

  • Learn how to use Programming to Engage Students
  • Support Your Math & Science TEKS using CS Collaborative Environment
  • Hands-On Programming Experience
  • Online Support through Piazza for Summer Institute
  • Resources to Take Back to Campus/District
  • Learn how to start a CS Camp or Club
  • Tools to prepare for CS State Certification Test

When? Summer of 2016 (attend one, or attend all!)

Where? University of Texas at Dallas

 

Summer Institute
Free 5 day training with day 1-3 being face-to-face, day 4 will be working on projects to apply programming skills learned from day 1-3. Finally, day 5, participants will present their programming projects.

When: June, 13th, 14th, 15th, & 27th

 
Training-of-Trainers (TOT)
Free 4 day Training with day’s 1 – 3 dealing with computer programming & how to deliver the content. Day 4 will address how to turn the training back on their Campus/District.

When: July 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th

 
Preparation for CS Exam
Free 2-day training to inform the participants of what they need to get ready to take the Computer Science state certification test.

When: July 18th & 19th

For more information, contact 

Amin Lalani

amin.lalani@utdallas.edu

972-883-6451

or visit:

utd.edu/k12/csinfo

*Attendees for the Summer Institute will be chosen based on applications, and have priority in registering for following optional components. Must be a certified Math or Science Middle or High School teacher to attend each of the above trainings.

Summer CS Training Flyer-UT Dallas

TeachCS – March 14-15, 2016 – UT Austin

Description

Teach CS will provide an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, Fundamentals of Computer Science, or AP Computer Science A. Course instructors will address several competencies in depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help to prepare them to challenge the CS certification test. Attendees should bring their own laptop to the workshop.

Eligible Attendees

Texas teachers interested in becoming certified to teach Grades 8-12 Computer Science are eligible to attend. Attendees should have at least some prior experience in coding or programming to maximize their participation in this workshop.

Accommodations and Transportation

All participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and payments. These costs will be reimbursed to participants who attend the entire event. Lodging costs will be reimbursed at the state rate only for those who live more than 60 miles from the event. Mileage will be reimbursed, also at the state rate, as calculated by MapQuest using the shortest route option.

No hotel block arrangements have been made by the TRC for this event. Make reservations at an area hotel of your choice, asking for state rate. A copy of the Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exempt form is provided and should be printed and turned in to your hotel upon arrival. State hotel tax will not be reimbursed.

A list of nearby hotels is available on the event page but please note that this is a busy time in Austin. If you plan to get a room, BOOK YOUR HOTEL NOW. Rooms are limited.

Additional details and a link to registration can be found at http://www.thetrc.org/teachcs-march-2016/ 

Agenda – TeachCS_TwoDayAgenda_MARCH2016_021016

Teach CS 8-12 Certificate Incentive Program (CIP)

This program provides an opportunity for Texas educators to apply for a one-time stipend through The University of Texas at Austin, Center for STEM Education.  Please read the complete application instructions prior to submission of this application.

Application Requirements

Candidates are required to

  • be pursuing certification in Computer Science 8-12.
  • not already hold the following certifications: Computer Science 8-12 or Computer Information Systems (any level)
  • be currently certified to teach in Texas or enrolled in an approved teacher certification program
  • submit an application and required documentation by applicable deadlines
  • receive approval prior to testing (exceptions will be made for those who tested between August 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015)
  • apply for a specific test window by the applicable deadline
  • register themselves for the approved test date and pay all applicable fees
  • complete all requirements for certification and pay all applicable fees
  • provide proof of success on the exam and proof of certification by the applicable deadline
  • participate and provide required information in a post-program survey during August 2016

Application Checklist

Please email Jennifer Jordan-Kaszuba (jennjk@utexas.edu) with questions regarding the Certificate Incentive Program (CIP).

http://www.thetrc.org/teach-cs-incentive-program/ 

New ​Computer Science Certification Test (TExES 241​)​ Proposed Standards

Below is a link to the new ​Computer Science Certification Test (​TExES 241​)​ proposed standards.  They will be available for review and comment until December 30.  The PDF document is also attached.
​Please take some time to review them.  The proposed percentages of inclusion for the test are as follows:
​Domain 1 – 12.5% – Tech Apps Core (12-13 questions)
Domains 2 and 3 – 75% – CS Core (75 questions)
Domain 4 – 12.5% – Special Advanced Topics (Discrete Math, Digital Forensics, Robotics, Game Design)(12-13 questions)
Please take the time to examine the new standards carefully, and send any comments to the email links listed here –  Becky McCoy (rebecca.mccoy@tea.texas.gov) or Michael Vriesenga (michael.vriesenga@tea.texas.gov).
Also, please forward this email to your colleagues. The more we can all review the standards, and make comments for improvement, the better chance we have for a fair, valid, and reliable certification instrument.
​The new certification test is due to be released August 2016.

http://tea.texas.gov/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=25769824128&libID=25769824226

Computer Science Certification Examination Framework November 2015

Teach CS – January 13-14, 2016

Registration is open for the January 2016 Teach CS workshop!

Location

Eligible Attendees

Texas teachers interested in becoming certified to teach Grades 8-12 Computer Science are eligible to attend. Attendees should have at least some prior experience in coding or programming to maximize their participation in this workshop.

Description

Teach CS will provide an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, Fundamentals of Computer Science, or AP Computer Science A. Course instructors will address several competencies in depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help to prepare them to challenge the CS certification test. Attendees should bring their own laptop to the workshop.

For more information and to access registration, please visit:

http://www.thetrc.org/teach-cs-winter-2016/

JOB ANALYSIS SURVEYS: COMPUTER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS

We would appreciate responses to the appropriate survey by the October 1 deadline. Thanks!

On October 16, 2016, the State Board for Educator Certification is scheduled to discuss and approve Educator Standards, which will define preparation and testing requirements, for the Technology Applications EC-12 and Computer Science 8-12 certificates. In preparation for the new assessments that will follow, technology applications teachers and computer science teachers are invited to complete a job analysis survey for computer science and/or technology applications to assist educator committees in determining which knowledge and/or skills are important for beginning teachers in these two certification areas to practice safely and effectively. Each survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Please complete the appropriate survey by October 1, 2015.

 

Becky McCoy

Educator Testing Manager

Texas Education Agency

rebecca.mccoy@tea.texas.gov

(512) 936-0761

Teach CS – October 12-13, 2015

October 12-13, 2015

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location

  • UT-Austin Pickle Research Campus
    Commons Learning Center
    10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137
  • Balcones Room 1.108
    Austin, Texas 78758
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Eligible Attendees

Texas teachers interested in becoming certified to teach Grades 8-12 Computer Science are eligible to attend. Attendees should have at least some prior experience in coding or programming to maximize their participation in this workshop. 

Description

Teach CS will provide an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, Fundamentals of Computer Science, or AP Computer Science A. Course instructors will address several competencies in depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help to prepare them to challenge the CS certification test. Attendees should bring their own laptop to the workshop.

TRANSPORTATION and LODGING will be reimbursed for all teachers who complete the workshop.

Contact

Registration

Cost

  • $60.00 per day for each participant.
  • $120.00 total per participant for this 2-day workshop.

Registration Notes

  • Registration fees cover breakfast, lunch and training materials.
  • Payments are due before this event.
  • Refunds will not be issued for cancellations or those not in attendance.
  • Event limited to 40 participants.

For more information, please visit —> http://www.thetrc.org/teach-cs-fall-2015/

Teach CS: Texas Teacher Certification in Computer Science

Do you want to get certified to teach computer science in Texas? This workshop is for you!

Description

Teach CS will provide an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, Fundamentals of Computer Science, or AP Computer Science A. Course instructors will address several competencies in depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help to prepare them to challenge the CS certification test. Attendees should bring their own laptop to the workshop.

Eligible Attendees

Texas teachers interested in becoming certified to teach Grades 8-12 Computer Science are eligible to attend. Attendees should have at least some prior experience in coding or programming to maximize their participation in this workshop. 

July 25, 2015

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

(breakfast and networking at 8:00 a.m.)

Please visit the Teach CS event page for more information.

Teach CS Flyer