"Computer Science Is Foundational for Every Student"
Come join us! RUSMP is partnering with Code.org to provide "computational thinking" resources for K-12 students and teachers in 30 counties in and around Greater Houston. No prior computer science skills are required, and there is never a charge for the curriculum, thanks to generous donors like Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and others. Keep reading to learn more.
Problem Solving. Persistence. Creativity. Collaboration. Communication.
These core practices run throughout the Code.org K-12 curriculum, preparing today's students for tomorrow's workforce. Through grade-appropriate activities, students stay engaged in a variety of online and "unplugged" (offline) activities.
Students learn to work alone and respectfully with others to problem solve, troubleshoot, and create a unique set of instructions that other students (or even a computer!) could follow. Journaling, reflection, and equity are built in.
Just what do we mean by "computer science"?
Keyboarding is not computer science. Word processing and spreadsheet manipulation are not computer science. With Code.org, the traditional classroom practice of focusing solely on "writing code" takes on a balanced, age-appropriate role in the overall goal of learning "computational thinking." As students develop their skills in problem solving, persistence, creativity, collaboration, and communication – what Code.org calls the "2 P's and 3 C's" – many schools report improvement in the tested subjects as well.
Over time, students develop the foundation to pursue computer science at the post-secondary level. Code.org simply adopted the term computer science, or CS, because most people are already generally familiar with it and find it easier to say than "computational thinking."
Full and Partial Scholarships for Professional Development
RUSMP and Code.org invite teachers to become empowered through professional development, classroom videos, web-based interactive environments, editable handouts, supply lists, and an online community. No prior computer science skills are required. Full and partial scholarships are available for qualifying teachers, depending on grade level and school criteria. (See Who is a qualifying teacher? below.)
Register for a Professional Development, or Host Your Own
Find a workshop in your area or contact our program manager (below) to schedule your own PD (minimum 16 teachers recommended).
*K-5 teachers choose CS Fundamentals Intro (a 1-day, teacher-led workshop for K-5 teachers who are new to the Code.org elementary curriculum) or CS Fundamentals Deep Dive (a recommended 1-day, teacher-led follow-up for K-5 teachers who have been teaching CS Fundamentals for at least a month.)
Costs for Training & Curriculum
Get Started Right Away!
At any time, anyone in the world can go to code.org, create a free username and password, view/print the "Curriculum Guide" for CS Fundamentals (K-5), CS Discoveries (6-10), or CS Principles (9-12), and use or print anything in the curriculum.
Who is a qualifying teacher?
In general, only qualifying teachers may attend a Code.org PD workshop. While there are exceptions, Code.org generally defines a qualifying teacher as a classroom or technology teacher who directly instructs the students in the named grade range. So, by this definition, a school principal, an administrator, a community volunteer, a non-teaching curriculum developer, or a college student working towards a degree in education may not attend a Code.org PD workshop. Please contact RUSMP if you think you qualify but don't see your role here.
Additional Scholarship Requirements for Qualifying Middle & High School Teachers
Scholarships for middle and high school PDs also require 1) written confirmation from the principal that the teacher will be teaching the Code.org curriculum for a minimum amount of classroom hours, 2) that the school meets URM (underrepresented minorities) criteria, 3) that the school meets SES (socioeconomic status) criteria, and 4) a commitment from the teacher to attend four 1-day workshops during the academic year, typically on a Saturday. Specific details are provided in the fall, when teachers apply for a spot in a summer cohort for CS Discoveries or CS Principles.
Effective September 1, 2019, RUSMP in partnership with Code.org serves K-12 schools in the following Texas counties: Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington, and Wharton.