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

2022-2023 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.

 

School year 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, August 1- Thursday, August 4 ONLINE 9:00 am -1:00 pm
REGISTER for online PD 8/1-8/4
Learn Scratch! Join Monthly meetups or an upcoming workshop to open the doors to creative expression in any subject area through Scratch coding. Each session includes both content and suggestions for assessment and supporting student learning. 9 Thursdays (Sept-May) 4-5pm once each month. First meeting 9/29  Register for Thursdays once a month
Intro to Cybersecurity for Educators Learn the foundations of cybersecurity: key vocabulary, core concepts, connections to computer science, and an overview of careers and opportunities. 3 evenings: Thursday September, 8th, Tuesday September 13th, and Thursday September 15th. 6-9pm Register to attend online 3 evenings in September
Intro to Artificial intelligence for Educators

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, September 26 through Thursday, October 13, 2022M and Th evenings 7:00pm-8:00pm
Register for M&Th evenings

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 . 
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 

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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 online with asynchronous work for a total of 15 hours. 1 CPD credit. 

School Library Media and Computer Science

In this workshop we will integrate computer science into existing school library media lessons. Collaborate with others to adapt and revise lessons that you already teach and work collaboratively to align them to the School Library Media, Computer Science and Digital Learning standards. Gain insight into addressing essential questions, project based learning, and developing and delivering high quality integrated lessons. 0.5 CPD credits will be awarded for participation in the workshop. An additional 0.5 CPD credits is available to participants who complete further independent work. 

 Teaching Cybersecurity in Middle School

Cybersecurity includes many different areas of interest to students from cyber safety, encryption, hacking and social engineering to digital forensics and careers. Explore high quality, free resources that will allow you to teach a unit or a quarter of material to engage your middle school students.

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

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

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.  

AI Intro:

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 fun class of interactive activities from MindSpark Learning and IBM with local 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

 

Applying AI:

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

 CS Explorations 1 is an introductory course based on the MyCS Scratch curriculum that empowers students to engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. Through a series of real world scenarios, projects and challenges, students are introduced to foundational concepts that they will return to repeatedly throughout the course. 1 CPD credit.

CS Explorations 2 is an introductory course based on MIT AI curricular resources for K-12 designed to help students explore AI and its far-reaching societal impacts in our world. The course is designed around engaging activities and learning units that integrates CS and computational thinking concepts with ethical design and responsible use, as students explore how these technologies can help solve problems and improve life for themselves and their communities. 1 CPD credit

Computing in Tech Ed: The Beauty and Joy of CS

Welcome to BJC Sparks! This class teaches computer programming using the Snap! programming language, which lets you do powerful programming without worrying about punctuation as you would in a text-based language. You'll build projects about story-writing, music, secret messages, artificial intelligence (AI), and more! And you'll learn to use electronics to connect your code to the real world 2 CPD credits

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.