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

Upcoming Events

Careers in Cyber for School Counselors


There will be a free webinar for school counselors about cybersecurity. While counselors at ALL grade levels can attend, the information is geared toward HS level. ONLY HS counselors are eligible to receive the $50 gift card. It's not a raffle; all eligible (HS) counselors receive the gift card!

10/21/20 4-5pm Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers for Counselors (and teachers)
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The Maryland Chapter of the CSTA

Computer Science Teacher's Association welcomes everyone interested in supporting computer science education to join the national and Maryland chapter.

CSTA-Maryland brings teachers, industry partners, and stakeholders together for the purpose of providing access to high-quality computer science courses and experiences for students in the state of Maryland.  Get invitations to local events and monthly meetings when you are a member.


MD Computing Education Summit 2020



agenda information is on the page below

Please join us for the 2020 Maryland Computing Education Mini Summit Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 4-6 pm and Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 4-6 pm. 

The summit will be a short, 2-afternoon event featuring best practicesfrom teachers across the state, guest speakers, cyber resources, and great conversation. Save the date for October 28 & 29 from 4:00pm-6:00 pm each day.

So grab your most comfortable clothes and settle in to enjoy learning from your colleagues from across Maryland about intriguing ideas and exciting initiatives in computer science!

If you haven't already, Register here!


Pre-Summit session for teachers and students (high-school/college level): What about election security? by Natalie Scala from Towson University whose primary research is in decision analysis, with foci on military applications and cybersecurity. Wednesday 10/28 3-4pm. When you register, you will receive lesson plans to introduce your students to this very timely topic and some follow up questions they should be able to answer after participating.


Draft Agenda


Day 1: October 28, 2020

3:30 pm: Arrive early if you'd like to check-in and chat

4:00: Welcome! Scott Nichols, MSDE. Guest Speaker: TIara Booker-Dwyer, MSDE

4:30: Breakouts

  • Equity session: Gender Considerations in Computer Science with Sarah Judd, AI for All and Kate Fractal, teacher
  • Elementary Session: Integration and virtual learning. Kathy Benson
  • Middle School Session: Best Practices for Distance learning. Jenn Manly
  • High School: Cyber Education and Careers. Mark Loepker

5:30-6 Unconference session. Put your ideas for group discussions on the suggestion board (link will be sent after you register)


Day 2: October 29, 2020

3:30 pm: Arrive early if you'd like to check-in and chat

4:00: Welcome! Scott Nichols, MSDE. Guest Speaker: Jandelyn Plane, College Park

4:30: Breakouts

    • Equity Session: Inclusion of under-represented students in CS. Eboni Zook, Baltimore City teacher
    • or Mini breakout sessions. 15 minutes each
    • Time Elementary Middle High
      4:30-4:50 Planning Computational Thinking Activities for Varied Instructional Models Carrie Trudden Teaching About Techquity Merijke Coenraad Praxis Study Sessions Deborah Kariuki
      4:50-5:10 Computer Science for Pre-K
      Gretchen LeGrand
      Virtual Robotics Casey Day Cybersecurity Melissa Dark
      5:10-5:30 Using Scratch in a Reading/ English Language Arts Classrooms
      Merijke Coenraad and Tim Dixon
      An Artificial Intelligence Unit for Middle or High School
      Nora Blasko
      Web Development Andrej Rasevik

5:30-6 Unconference session. Put your ideas for group discussions on the suggestion board (link will be sent after you register)



Rise Up 4 CS - Maryland

Are you a high school student who identifies as a female or non-binary and need help with the Advanced Placement Computer Science A (AP CSA) course and exam? Starting October 3rd, join us every Saturday from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM to deepen your knowledge of computer science with other high school students enrolled in AP CSA, who share your interest in computing. The Rise Up 4 CS (RU4CS) program provides students with access to an online book, tutoring sessions, and live interactive lessons taught by current UMD Computer Science Teaching Ambassadors. There is a monetary gift for all RU4CS students who complete the program and submit their AP CSA scores by July 31, 2021. You must be enrolled in AP CSA (Java) during the 2020-2021 school year to register. Register by 10/1. Registration closes on October 1st. View more information.

Cyber Month Activities for Female Students in grades 7-12


Sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT),

NRL Cyber Week is a virtual, free week-long curriculum geared toward helping 7-12 grade students to detect online threats, gain a better understanding of how the internet works, and spark an interest in cybersecurity and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) careers of the future.
  • Register for NRL Cyber Week -- all students must fill out this E-form in order to take part in the program.
  • All lessons will be recorded and posted via Google Classroom. Students, teachers, and parents may join our Google Classroom to access daily lessons, materials, and recordings. 


Invite your students to play some games to learn more cyber. These are listed for novices

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.