$1500 (Scholarships Available)
Computer Science Principles (can be taught as an AP® course) is also an introductory course that requires no computer science background (from students or teachers). We recommend it for 9th-12th grade students with stronger reading and writing skills. More than a traditional introduction to programming, it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the foundational ideas of computing so all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in.
The Code.org curriculum supports teachers new to the discipline with a complete set of lesson plans that include inquiry- based activities, videos, assessment support, and educational tools.
Participants kick off the Professional Learning Program with a five-day summer workshop where they explore the curriculum and learning tools, discuss classroom management and teaching strategies, and build a community of teachers. With a focus on a customized experience, participants will develop skills while working in small groups to deepen their understanding of the materials.
Participants will join 8 virtual, monthly workshops with pre-work throughout the following academic year. These meetings are hosted by AdvanceKentucky and run by local, Code.org-trained facilitators.
In addition, all teachers will have access to the Code.org forum, an online professional learning community that offers continued support with tools and content, introduces new and helpful resources for teaching the course, and lets teachers continue to explore the curriculum.
Kentucky Approval for Computer Science (ACS)
Teachers of grades 9-12 may earn the ACS by completing our Professional Learning Program for Computer Science Principles. The ACS grants the bearer permission to teach any CS or IT course listed in the Kentucky Program of Studies, regardless of their certification.
Applications for the AdvanceKentucky Professional Learning Program will open in late 2023. Please use the button below for more information or to be notified when applications open.