Mobile CSP

AP Computer Science Principles
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See below for a description of our upcoming PDs, including locations and dates. 

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and institution closings, credit card payments are preferred at this time. Please have this information available before completing registration. Questions? Contact info@mobile-csp.org.@mobile-csp.org

 

If you are interested in Mobile CSP professional development, but not ready to register for a PD yet, please complete our 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 an experienced teacher and facilitator 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 facilitator 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.
  • College Board Workshops and Summer Institutes.  The College Board offers AP CSP specific training (either one day or 30 hours) for teachers preparing to teach the AP CSP course. Teachers may decide to attend a College Board Workshop or Summer Institute training and/or attend a Mobile CSP PD. Attending both is encouraged, but not required. Learn more at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/professional-development/workshops-summer-institutes.

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.
  • 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.) For more information, see Mobile CSP Graduate Credits.

Fee Schedule and Scholarships

Apply now for a scholarship!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 2019-20 school year. Fees are due one month before the PD starts. Information about our refund and cancellation policy and procedures can be found here.

Good news! Mobile CSP has NSF-funded scholarships available. Learn more

  • Immersion Course: $1750 per teacher
  • Extended Course: $3000 per teacher

Partners, Locations & Dates

If you are interested in partnering with Mobile CSP to offer professional development in your location, please contact us at info@mobile-csp.org.

Online | Pathfinders Winter Institute  (February 12-15, 2021)

Location

Virtual

Partner

Infosys Foundation USA and Pathfinders

Format

Online Introduction (24 hours)

Dates

February 12-15

Cost

$850 per teacher. Public school teachers may raise funds through DonorsChoose.org and the Infosys Foundation USA to attend for FREE.

Registration

More info and link to apply here

Connecticut | Capital Community College (July 7 - August 7)

Location

Connecticut

Partner

Capital Community College: contact kbinkhorst@capitalcc.edu

Format

Hybrid Extended

Dates

July 7, 2020 - August 7, 2020 | In person Tuesday, July 7 to Friday, July 10 and August 7; all remaining days will be completed online

Cost

FREE TUITION for accepted teachers. Stipends offered to those participating in the research project. 

Registration

Restricted to Connecticut CE teachers. | Complete the CCC Application Form or contact Karen Binkhorst at kbinkhorst@capitalcc.edu.

Online | Pathfinders Summer Institute  (July 19 - July 24)

Location

Virtual

Partner

Infosys Foundation USA and Pathfinders

Format

Online Immersion

Dates

July 19 - July 24

Cost

$1015 per teacher. Public school teachers may raise funds through DonorsChoose.org and the Infosys Foundation USA to attend for FREE. In addition, the first 5 eligible Massachusetts public high school teachers who agree to teach the course as AP in 2020-21 can attend for free thanks to funds from the College Board and CZI.

Registration

More info and link to apply here

Minnesota | Southwest Minnesota State University (June 8 - July 10)

Location

Minnesota

Partner

Southwest Minnesota State University: contact dan.kaiser@smsu.edu

Format

Hybrid Extended

Dates

June 8, 2020 - July 10, 2020 | In person Monday, June 8 - Thursday, June 11 and Thursday, July 9; all remaining days will be completed online with the week of June 29-July 4 off for holiday break.

Cost

FREE TUITION for accepted teachers. Stipends offered to those participating in the research project. 

Registration

Restricted to Minnesota CE teachers | Contact Dan Kaiser dan.kaiser@smsu.edu for more information and/or to register.

Montana | Great Falls (June 15 - June 19)

Location

Great Falls, Montana

Partner

University of Montana

Format

In-person Immersion

Dates

June 15 - June 19

Cost

Free tuition for accepted teachers. Stipends and travel support available (click for more information).

Registration

Register Here (restricted to Montana teachers)

ONLINE | (June 22 - July 4)

Location

ONLINE

Partner

National Center for CS Education

Format

Online Immersion

Dates

June 22, 2020 - July 4, 2020

Cost

$1,750 per teacher includes academic year support following the PD; Partial scholarships available for all teachers. Full scholarships available for Massachusetts public high school teachers who agree to teach the course as AP in 2020-21 thanks to funds from the College Board and CZI. Visit www.mobile-csp.org/scholarships for more information and to apply for a scholarship.

Registration

Register here

ONLINE | (June 22 - July 25)

Location

ONLINE

Partner

National Center for CS Education

Format

Online Extended

Dates

June 22, 2020 - July 25, 2020

Cost

$3,000 per teacher includes academic year support following the PD; Partial scholarships available for all teachers. Full scholarships available for Massachusetts public high school teachers who agree to teach the course as AP in 2020-21 thanks to funds from the College Board and CZI. Visit www.mobile-csp.org/scholarships for more information and to apply for a scholarship.

Registration

Register Here

ONLINE | CSP Updates and Refresher PD 2020

Location

ONLINE

Partner

National Center for CS Education

Format

Online - 4 hours per day for 2 days

Dates

June 29-30, 2020 OR July 30-31, 2020 OR August 10-11, 2020

Cost

$75 per teacher; Full scholarships available for Massachusetts public high school teachers thanks to funds from the College Board and CI - contact info@mobile-csp.org for more information. 

Registration

Teachers who have completed the full Mobile CSP PD prior to Fall 2019 may Register Here.

 

 

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