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Now Accepting Applications!  To Professional Learning Programs 2019-20

Apply for Professional Learning Programs for 2019-20 School Year! The application link is at the bottom of this page.

New to computer science? No worries!

  • The global movement to teach computer science is accelerating.
  • But our schools need more computer science teachers.
  • So, the more computer science teachers we have in our school systems, the more students we will be able to reach.
  • If you've ever wanted to teach computer science,'s professional learning program is an ideal place to begin.
  • Their curricula - CS Discoveries (grades 6-10) and CS Principles (grades 9-12 | AP CS Principles endorsed) - are very accessible to first time teachers. It's also accessible to experienced teachers.
  • If you didn't have any background knowledge of computer technology, computer science, whatever the case may be, you can successfully teach these courses.
  • Bring computer science to your school.

Why bring computer science to your school?

Visit this page for computer science landscape and statistics in Nebraska.

  • There are so many computer science jobs out there that have not been filled.
  • Work places change. Education has to change. This is all part of helping to prepare students for the world that they are going to work in.
  • Bring computer science to your school.

Program goals & values

Visit this page for more information about their professional learning values and their approach.

  • Our educators are the experts.
  • Approachable and robust supports.
  • Equity.
  • Engaging and actionable experiences.
  • Community.
  • Leadership development.
  • Responsiveness and transparency.
  • Facilitator is a guide and connector.
  • Reflection and discussion.
  • Growth-oriented.
  • Preparation that supports implementation.
  • Multiple channels to give and receive support.
  • Customer service attitude.

Programs (For Grades 6-12 Teachers)

Who can participate?

The Professional Learning Program is open to educators who are interested in teaching courses - no prior computer science experience required! In order to participate in this program, we ask that applicants:

  • Commit to participating in the full, year-long professional learning program
  • Plan to teach the course in the 2019-20 school year
  • For CS Discoveries, teach students between 6th and 10th grade
  • For CS Principles, teach students between 9th and 12th grade
  • Support the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school's student population

Curriculum, lesson plans, tools & support!'s curricula, lesson plans, tools, and support are available at no cost worldwide in multiple languages, but participating in these professional learning programs will teach you how to teach those lesson plans through a series of hands-on and well-scaffolded training.

5-day summer workshop

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These year-long professional learning programs (CS Discoveries and CS Principles Professional Learning Programs) will kick-start with the five-day summer workshops. Sessions are highly interactive and incorporate the TLO model - i.e., you go through each day by switching roles between the teacher role (T), learner role (L), and observer role (O).

  • Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Dates: June 10, 2019 - June 14, 2019

Four 1-day workshops

In addition to attending the five-day summer workshop, the professional learning program includes up to 4 required one-day, in-person academic year workshops during the 2019-20 school year.

Cost and scholarship information

  • Both CS Discoveries and CS Principles Professional Learning Programs have a $3,000 per-teacher price value, which covers the full year-long program including your teaching materials, workshop supplies, 9 days of professional development, and your meals during workshops.
  • Apply for a scholarship: For most teachers, thanks to a partnership with, all costs of the programs except for travel and lodging costs are covered with a successful scholarship application.
  • Or, pay to attend: If you do not meet the requirements for the scholarship, the cost of the program is $2,500 per teacher, a discounted price thanks to a partnership with Note: travel and lodging costs not included.
  • If your school or district needs a little extra support to cover your travel and lodging costs, please contact us as we may be able to assist.

Program Options

University graduate credit

This year-long professional learning program will satisfy the coursework for TEAC 890 - Workshop in Computer Science Methods in Education (3 hrs). In order to receive the credit, you must enroll in TEAC 890 and successfully complete this professional learning program. This will be great if you are trying to earn the Supplemental Endorsement for Information Technology with Emphasis on Computer Science Education through University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Download the program 1-pager

ISTE membership discount

ISTE offers membership exclusively to teachers at the special price of $99/year - i.e., $26 discount from the basic $125/year membership. You will also receive a free print copy of the ISTE book No Fear Coding ($49 retail value).


Apply Now!

Applications are now open for the 2019-20 school year.

Go to the program application page



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