Teaching Intro to CS in Python is a Professional Development course that will prepare teachers to teach the Intro to CS in Python course.

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How do I enroll?

Simply get in touch here.

There are no applications to fill out, no enrollment limits, no start or end date. The Teaching Intro to CS in Python PD course is open to all at any time. 

Are there prerequisites for taking this PD course?

There are no prerequisites for this course. The Intro to CS in Python PD course assumes no prior experience coding or teaching computer science.

This professional development course is designed for passionate teachers who are interested in teaching computer science, but do not necessarily have a background in programming. No experience is required to take the professional development course.

The course can also be for people who are experienced programmers but have not taught in the classroom before or who are looking to expand programming language options in their school. The focus on the pedagogy of teaching computer science and leveraging the blended classroom format makes the online professional development an extremely helpful experience for seasoned and new teachers alike.

How long is the course?

Teachers can expect approximately 30 hours of online self paced learning.

How long will I have access to the course?

The course does not expire, teachers will have access to course content at all times. You can always come back and review the course during the school year.

Where is the PD located?

The course is entirely web based. Teachers can take this course anywhere anytime.

What kind of support will I have as I work through the online PD?

CodeHS has a PD Team of former teachers, as well as a network of computer science undergraduate tutors who are ready to support you as you work through the PD course.

Teachers will have a dedicated member of the CodeHS PD Team providing one on one support, answering questions, and grading teacher submissions as teachers work through the course. This support continues into the school year.

Teachers will also have access to the CodeHS Teacher Forum as they work through the PD course as well as during the school year. The Teacher Forum is a great resource for learning from other CodeHS teachers, sharing best practices, and getting questions answered.

What's covered in the Teaching Intro to CS in Python PD course?

Here is an overview of the course units:

Welcome: Get an overview of the Intro Python Professional Development course. Learn about key principles and ideas for teaching the course, discuss access and equity in the field of Computer Science, and set goals and expectations for how to make the most out of this course.  

Programming Bootcamp: Dive in and learn the basics of programming in Python by working through some of the Introduction to Computer Science in Python curriculum.  

Using CodeHS: In this short module you will gain an understanding of what CodeHS brings to your classroom, and learn how to use the CodeHS platform effectively.  

Teaching Tracy the Turtle: In this module we'll go over teaching the basics of programming with Tracy the Turtle. We will cover common misunderstandings, explain ways to teach these concepts in the classroom, and how to grade student programs.  

Teaching Intro Python: This module covers the pedagogy behind teaching introductory programming topics in Python. We will cover common misunderstandings, explain ways to teach these concepts in the classroom, and how to grade student programs.

Basics of Debugging: Debugging is locating and fixing errors in programs, and is one of the most important skills for your own programming as well as grading others’ code. In this module we’ll identify common errors, and teach you effective debugging strategies that you can model and teach to your students.

Teaching a Blended Coding Class: Learn what leading a blended classroom with both online and offline activities looks like, and learn helpful ideas and best practices for incorporating online learning into a traditional classroom. 

For more information about the Teaching Intro to CS in Python PD course, please visit the info page: codehs.com/info/pd/python

To sign up, please visit: codehs.com/learnmore

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