Leading the Way to CS10K: Assessing a Just-in-Time Professional Development Approach for Teacher Knowledge Growth in Computer Science

Michigan State University and Purdue University are working to (i) develop and implement a high-quality professional development approach that incorporates face-to-face training coupled with continuous online just-in-time support at a large-scale; and (ii) assess the effectiveness of that professional development at improving teachers’ Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSAs) for teaching computer science. The large network of schools implementing CS Principles (CSP) course provides the opportunity to implement and study professional development for a large number of teachers, including teachers with little CS background. This large-scale project will establish an evidence-based professional development program to improve teachers’ knowledge to teach computer science, and it will deliver empirically validated best practices for providing computer science professional development to teachers, especially those with limited computer science background.

Project Website: http://www.pd4cs.org

Principal Investigator: Aman Yadav, Michigan State University