Mobile CSP

Mobile CSP


An AP Computer Science Principles Course Endorsed by the College Board

Professional Development for High School Teachers

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Registration for the 2018 Mobile CSP Professional Development summer offerings will open on December 4, 2017, in conjunction with CS Education Week. See below for a description of our 2018 PD program.  If you are interested in participating in the Mobile CSP PD, please complete our interest form.

Summer 2018 PD Interest Form

Goals

The Mobile CSP Professional Development (PD) program aims to prepare teachers to teach the College-Board endorsed Mobile CSP Advanced Placement (AP) course. The PD is designed to be accessible to teachers new to computer science (CS) as well as experienced CS teachers. The PD is focused on providing teachers with:

  • CS content knowledge required to confidently teach the Mobile CSP curriculum to high school students.
  • Pedagogical approaches and techniques to effectively support collaboration and equity in the classroom.
  • Curriculum materials include all lessons, videos, handouts, rubrics and assessments used in the classroom.
  • Lessons plans and other resources that map the curriculum to the College Board's CS Principles framework.
  • Mentoring from a master teacher and continued professional development and support throughout the school year.

PD Options and Mentoring

The Mobile CSP program offers two types of PD tailored to support individual teacher backgrounds in a flexible schedule and format. Participating teachers are organized into small 10-12 person cohorts that are mentored by a Mobile CSP Master Teacher during both the PD itself and the subsequent school year.

  • Immersion PD. This is a 50 hour professional development course (including out-of-class assignments) recommended for teachers who have significant background in CS, such as college courses in CS, experience teaching CS, or extended self-study of CS. For example, Exploring Computer Science and AP CS A teachers would typically have sufficient background for Immersion PD.
  • Extended PD. This is a 90-100 hour professional development that is equivalent to taking a college-level CS Principles course. This PD is recommended for teachers with no prior education or teaching experience in computer science. The PD is offered in a variety of formats including:
    • A 4-week intensive summer experience either online or in a geographically-based blended format (part online and part in person).
    • An extended experience (such as 12 weeks in an online or blended format) offered on a rolling basis during the entire calendar year.
    • A 3-credit graduate course through the College of St. Scholastica learn more at css.edu/csedcert.

Credentials Offered

Mobile CSP acknowledges the achievement of every teacher who completes the PD program by awarding one of the following:

  • A Certificate of Participation is given to all teachers who complete the professional development, indicating the number of PD hours.
  • A Certificate of Achievement is given to all teachers who successfully complete the PD, achieving at least 70% on both the final exam and programming performance task.
  • Graduate Education Credits can also be earned through the College of St. Scholastica by earning a Certificate of Achievement and completing a student work analysis paper while teaching the course. (Cost: $150/credit. Available in either an Immersion (2 credit) or Extended (3 credit) basis, based on Carnegie Units of 120 hours for 3 credits.)

Fee Schedule

PD fees are used to compensate the Mobile CSP Master Teachers and to cover the project’s administrative expenses. The fees cover participation in the PD, mentoring throughout the school year, periodic webinars on topics of CS content and pedagogy, free access to all teaching and classroom resources, and access to the Mobile CSP teacher dashboard for the 2018-19 school year. Fees are due one month before the PD starts.

  • Immersion Course: $1500
  • Extended Course: $2500

Register for Spring 2018 PD

We will be hosting an online, extended PD over 12-weeks during Spring 2018.  The PD will take place entirely online, beginning January 29th and running through April 28th. Teachers should expect to spend 90 hours total, or approximately 6-7 hours/week working on Mobile CSP PD activities. Teachers will be required to attend at least 6 of weekly online meetings with the master teacher.  Teachers will receive a pacing guide that outlines which parts of the curriculum to complete each week. 

Register for Spring 2018 PD

Scholarships

Depending on the availability of funds, the Mobile CSP project will have a limited number of partial scholarships to defray tuition costs. Learn more.