Ongoing professional development and support is available throughout the year. Sign up for sessions and classes now.

2022-2023 Professional Development for PK-8

Search here for all available PD from MCCE.

 

PLEASE NOTE: MCCE does not provide individual stipends to teachers for its professional development. Please check with your district point of contact for questions around stipend eligibility and availability. MCCE does provide free CPD credit.

Computer Science workshops will be offered at NO COST to all Maryland Public school teachers who are approved by their district and accepted into the program. Private school teachers who serve under-represented and under-served communities may be qualified for scholarships. Others can participate for a fee. Apply now!  
 

If you are looking for PD for full courses in middle school, please see the secondary page.

 

PD for 2023

Computer Science in Early Childhood

Explore how and why to include computational thinking and computer science (CS) in early childhood classrooms. Investigate the Scratch Jr. programming language or robots as tools to implement CS with young children and support the development of creative and innovative thinkers. 0.5 CPD credits

In-person at Hood College Monday, July 17 2023, 8:30am-4:30pm. REGISTER
Integrating School Library Media and Computer Science There are many ways to align computer science with School Library and Digital Literacy standards. Examine lessons for K-5 students refined and curated by School Library Media specialists from across Maryland and collaboratively plan methods of implementation. This session is for elementary educators.  In-person at Hood College Monday, July 17 2023, 8:30am-4:30pm. REGISTER
Introduction to Scratch programming

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. This workshop is a basic introduction to Scratch for K-8 teachers. 1 CPD credit (some asynchronous work required)

In-person at Hood College Thursday, July 20,   8:30am-4:30pm and Friday, July 21, 8:30-2:30. REGISTER
Scratch Encore. 

Scratch Encore PD Flyer 2023.pdf. Using great pedagogy to teach Scratch in elementary using free resources. Flexible schedule (24 total hours, to be completed between 6/1 - 8/4) Begin anytime between 6/1 - 6/26 and Finish course by 8/4

Harmonizing Encore PD Flyer 2023.pdf how to customize it to. your needs. (stipend available for being in the pilot) July 24th-28th

REGISTER for Encore

REGISTER for Harmonizing Encore

Integrating Computational Thinking and Computer Science in Elementary Classrooms--Pedagogy and Content

Learn how to effectively integrate lessons that teach computational thinking skills into your elementary classroom. Explore high interest, plugged and unplugged activities that can support and enhance content in multiple subject areas. Examine the pedagogy that make these subjects engaging and effective methods to teach students problem solving and logical thinking. 1 CPD credit (some asynchronous work required)

In-person at Hood College Thursday, July 20,   8:30am-4:30pm and Friday, July 21, 8:30-2:30. REGISTER
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Are you new to Artificial Intelligence? Are you curious to know how you can incorporate some of these high-interest ideas and engaging activities in any class? Join this online class of interactive activities from MindSpark Learning and IBM with local online discussion groups to build your understanding of how Artificial Intelligence affects all of us and how we can support the students of today to be informed consumers and creators. 1 CPD credit.

In-person at Hood College Wednesday-Thursday, July 19-20 2023, 8:30am-4:30pm. REGISTER

Applying Artificial Intelligence

Have you already explored the basics of Artificial Intelligence? Join this online workshop to connect with other Maryland teachers to try out the newest online tools and curriculum and develop a follow-up lesson plan to dig deeper into this exciting area.  ONLINE 1 CPD credit 1.5 hour a week for 4 weeks.

Online. Monday - Tuesday July 24-25. 9am-1pm REGISTER
Introduction to Cybersecurity for Educators Learn the foundations of cybersecurity: key vocabulary, core concepts, connections to computer science, and an overview of careers and opportunities. For upper elementary and above. 1 CPD credit.

Online Tuesday June 29 and Thursday June 31 9am-3pm each day. Register

Applying Cybersecurity in the Classroom

Based on the MyCyber curriculum for middle years students at cs4md.com/mycyber prepare to engage students with hands-on activities that introduce the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity. ONLINE 1 CPD credit.

Online, 4 sessions Tuesday and Thursdays: Tuesday, July 25 through Thursday, August 3, 2023 6-7:30pm Register

Project STEM and Amazon Future Engineers for Middle School Check the secondary page if you're looking for quarter, semester or full year classes at the middle school level including Amazon Future Engineers, Carnegie Mellon, Code.org and more. 
Create a Drone Club for elementary students This workshop will demonstrate how to use drones either in your classroom as an enrichment activity or during an after-school program and will include information about funding. Featured drones and activities are used indoors in 3rd and 4th grades but can be adjusted to challenge students in various STEM fields and grades. 0.5 CPD credits. In-person at Hood College Thursday July 20 2023, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

REGISTER

Enhancing Reading Comprehension instruction by leveraging Computational Thinking (with a little AI as your TA) Join us for an informative workshop on enhancing student learning by combining computational thinking (CT) and reading comprehension techniques in the elementary grades. We will:
  • Practice CT skills
  • Discuss the benefits of aligning CT skills with reading comprehension
  • Examine exemplary integrated lessons and best practices
  • Introduce Coding as Another Language with Scratch Jr.
  • Share a list of recommended age-appropriate literature with CT themes
  • Discuss the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Large Language Models (LLM) to differentiate informational reading passages and suggest supplemental learning activities
  • Analyze how best to apply your new learning in your setting.
Open to any public school educator across Maryland.
In-person: Location TBD.
Tuesday, August 8, 2022  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
 

Ongoing Sessions

Code.org CS Fundamentals The CS Fundamentals units are designed to be an introduction to CS for students of all ages, starting as young as Kindergarten pre-readers. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of a set of lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. This workshop will guide teachers new to Code.org fundamentals in implementing the units effectively with their students and will combine synchronous and independent sessions. 0.5 CPD credits -- 7.5 hours total.

Register at Code.org . 

Dates and locations vary throughout the year.

Deep Dive into Code.org CS Fundamentals Developed with Code.org’s professional learning values in mind, the Deep Dive workshop provides teachers who have already used Code.org CS Fundamentals with a hands-on learning experience with other like-minded teachers. Teachers are given the space to work through the individual challenges in carefully crafted sessions led by experienced facilitators, most of whom were (and often still are) classroom teachers. 0.5 CPD credits-7.5 hours total . Contact Code in the Schools if you want to schedule a session for your district. info@marylandcodes.org

 

 

Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff, dogrady at usmd dot edu
Director, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Dr. Megean Garvin, mgarvin at usmd dot edu
Director of Research, Maryland Center for Computing Education

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MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.