I am at the meeting in Portland of all the wardresses from the NSF programs in Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC-A, like ECEP), Computing Education in the 21st Century (CE21, like our CS Learning 4U project), and all the funded projects related to CS10K, sponsored by NCWIT. You may recall that I invited people to participate in the Landscape Study on the capacity of our computing community’s professional development efforts. The results of that survey are being presented here at this meeting, and a summary is available at the URL below.
I find the results a little depressing. The folks at U Chicago who do the study compare us to professional development in Science or Mathematics, and we don’t much look like that. We have such a long way to go.What is the current state of high school computer science professional development? THIS STRAND OF WORK FOCUSED ON DESCRIBING THE CURRENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES that are available for high school computer science (CS) teachers. The primary data collection for this strand took place through a survey administered to providers of high school computer science teacher professional development (PD).