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

2021-2022 Professional Development for K-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.

 

Summer 2022 PD options

Integrated Computational Thinking in Elementary Classrooms

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. This workshop requires participants to have basic knowledge of Code.org, Scratch, or another coding tool appropriate for young children and will combine synchronous sessions, independent work, and small group collaborations. 1.0 CPD credit (16 hours total)

  • Monday, July 25- Thursday, July 28
  • ONLINE 9:00 am -1:00 pm
REGISTER for online PD Monday, July 25- Thursday, July 28 9:00 am -1:00 pm
Scratch Jr. and CS in Early Childhood 

Early childhood is a great time to introduce students to computer science. We will introduce a ready to use curriculum and explore how to use Scratch Jr. and/or Code.org for implementation. Participants will learn the basics of Scratch Jr, a coding language that young children (ages 4-8) can use to program their own interactive stories and games while learning to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively. This is an excellent entry point for anyone new to coding and/or if you would like to learn Scratch. 1CPD credit

  • Monday, June 27- Tuesday, June 28
  • ONLINE 8:30 am-4:30 pm
REGISTER for online PD Monday, June 27- Tuesday, June 28 8:30-4:30
Scratch, Introduction

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 and will combine synchronous sessions, independent work, and small group collaborations. 1 CPD credit

  • Wednesday, June 29-Friday, July 1
  • ONLINE 10:00 am-3:00 pm
REGISTER for online PD --Wednesday, June 29-Friday, July 1 from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Scratch, Advanced

 Are your students ready for more advanced concepts in Scratch? Learn techniques to teach your students how to create their own blocks and write programs using advanced features of an environment that is so easy to start with but includes many levels of complexity that can enrich original projects. Appropriate for teachers of upper Elementary,  Middle , and High School students with extensive Scratch experience.  1 CPD credit.  dates TBD

coming soon
Artificial Intelligence introduction
 

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

  • Monday, July 18, 2022 - Tuesday, July 19, 2022 
  • IN PERSON at Hood College 8:30am-4:30pm 

OR

  • Monday, July 18, 2022 Thursday, August 4, 2022 6 sessions
  • ONLINE 7:00pm-8:00pm

REGISTER for IN PERSON PD Monday, July 18-Tuesday, July 19 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

REGISTER for 6 sessions of online PD Monday July 18- Thursday, Aug 4 7:00- 8:00 pm

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
  • Monday, July 25, 2022 Friday, July 29, 2022
  • ONLINE 8:30am-11:30am
REGISTER for online PD Monday, July 25- Thursday, July 28
Techquity and Artificial Intelligence - a middle school course

Techquity - Teaching Equity in Technology through Artificial Intelligence. This unit for middle through high school students offers many hands-on engaging activities while highlighting the inequities that technology can foster if not made with care. Use lessons that explore innovations in computing and raise awareness of issues of equity and impact 0.5 CPD credits.

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and Thursday, July 21, 2022
  •  IN PERSON at Hood College 8:30am-12:30pm
REGISTER for IN PERSON PD Wednesday 7/20- Thursday, 7/21
Teaching Cybersecurity in Middle School

More details coming soon

  • Monday, July 18, 2022 through Friday, July 22, 2022.
  •  IN PERSON at Hood College 9:00am - 4:00pm
REGISTER for IN PERSON PD Monday, July 18- Friday, July 22 

Ongoing Sessions

Scratch Monthly Meet-Ups Do you use Scratch in any classroom? This is a programming tool used from elementary through college. Challenge yourself to learn more about this amazing, free tool. Thursdays, September 30, 2021 - Thursday, December 16, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Visit cs4md.com/scratch for more details and to see what has been done previously. Register here to join at any time.
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 . 
Computational Thinking for Middle School Examine computational thinking concepts in-depth, and how they can be highlighted in your curriculum. Create opportunities to utilize these concepts to strengthen learning and engagement for all students. Open to all MS educators, especially those teaching courses that meet the CL/T requirement. 1 CPD credit. In progress. Look for more options later in 2022.
School Library Media and Computer Science In this workshop we will analyze lesson plans that you plan to teach, and work collaboratively to align them to the School Library Media, Computer Science and Digital Learning standards. Between meetings you will be expected to teach the lessons and reflect on their efficacy in a personal journal.  Earn 1 CPD credit upon completion.   Look for more options later in 2022
Artificial Intelligence Follow Up Have you already explored the basics of Artificial Intelligence? Would you like 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? Learn about AI & Dance, AI  & the Environment, and peek into how AI makes decisions. Spend some time teaching the Teachable Machine and Machine Learning for Kids. 1 CPD credit (15 hours total: Oct 25 - November 11; 6 hrs synch, 9 hrs asynch, M and Th 7-8pm)

In progress. Look for more options later in 2022

Cybersecurity for Educators The internet requires a whole new lesson plan. Explore smart cybersecurity behaviors and learn about common threats in the digital world. Experience a wealth of materials to increase your own knowledge and translate your learning into the classroom. Meets 1 hour a week for 6 weeks with 9 hours of asynchronous work for a total of 15 hours. 1 CPD credit. sept 23, 30, oct 7,14,21,28 Completed. Look for more options in 2022
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 . Register at Code.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.