Register/Apply for Professional Development in Computer Science

K-5/6 Teachers | Grades 6-12 Teachers | Not a School Teacher?

Rice University School Mathematics Project will be offering VIRTUAL local summer and IN-PERSON academic year workshops CS Discoveries and CS Principles in 2021-2022. Summer 2021 workshops will be tentatively on July 19-23, 2021 OR July 26-30, 2021.

The program includes:

  • A virtual five-day summer workshop, which will fully prepare educators to utilize Code.org curricula and teacher support systems.
  • Four one-day workshops during the school year (or eight virtual sessions) when teachers will reconvene for ongoing training and just-in-time support.
  • Additional opportunities for online and face-to-face networking and collaboration with peers throughout the year.

Funding Opportunities:

Computer Science Discoveries and Principles workshops are offered at no cost to qualifying teachers accepted into the program. If you don’t meet the requirements to attend at no cost, the program is still only $1,500 per Texas teacher, which is a 50% discount off the national cost thanks to our generous supporters at Code.org.

Texas Computer Science courses, including those aligned to CS Discoveries (Fundamentals of CS) and CS Principles, have recently moved to CTE and qualify for weighted funding. Teachers should check with their administrators to see if these funds are available to support their involvement in this Professional Learning Program. There are also scholarships available for those that qualify.

The program fee includes teaching materials, workshop supplies, virtual summer workshop days, and four in-person sessions during the academic year. Additional travel costs (i.e., mileage and lodging costs) are not covered. See Frequently Asked Questions about CS Discoveries here and CS Principles here.

Teachers who apply and are accepted to the program commit to:

  • Attending the five-day, virtual summer workshop as part of a cohort for the Greater Houston area.
  • Attending four local one-day, in-person workshops (usually on Saturdays) or possibly participating in a virtual cohort
  • Teaching the course during the 2021-22 school year.
  • Supporting the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s overall student population.

If you are interested in CS Fundamentals, please contact us (contact information below) to set up / schedule a workshop.

Code.org curriculum, online student learning platform, and access to support from the teacher and Code.org community are available to all schools year-round at no cost.

Questions? Contact Shaina Glass at glass@pd.code.org.

If any schools are interested in hosting CS Fundamentals workshops for K-5th grade, please contact Shaina Glass for this too.


Is Code.org right for you? Maybe you've never really thought of yourself as a math person or a technical person, but someone said you should look into teaching "computer science," whatever that means. (Yikes! What if your students find out you're not an expert!) Or maybe you studied computer science in college or worked in a technical role in industry before earning your credentials to teach in an elementary school, middle school, or high school. Either way, this program is perfect for you!

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