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Code.org Professional training takes place July 25–29, 2022

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The timeline only applies to the Computer Science Discoveries and Computer Science Principles

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Apply now for the 2022-23 Code.org Professional Learning Program!
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Joining the USC/Code.org community opens up invitations to USC K-12 STEM Center Activities.
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Code.org 2020-21 Cohort Teachers Say :

“Teachers are often intimidated and don't see the need to add one more thing to their plate unless they are like me and know that coding is the new literacy and must provide it for students to be successful and happy in life. It is very supportive and convenient for us. Thank you for everything."- 2020 Code.org CSD cohort teacher
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Teachers can access this training through LAUSD. USC works with all school districts in the SoCal region.
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Professional Learning Course Offered

Computer Science Fundamentals 
(Elementary School)
  • Facilitated by Debbie Spear, retired LAUSD math & CS teacher.
  • Computer Science Fundamental Training:  July 23, 2022. Sign up here.
  • Learn more about the program here.
Computer Science Discoveries
(Middle School)
  • Facilitated by John Landa, CS teacher at LAUSD’s Girls Academic Leadership Academy and Debbie Spear, retired LAUSD math & CS teacher.
  • Summer Five-Day Immersion Training: July 25-29, 2022.
  •  Learn more here.
  • Quarterly Saturday Sessions: TBD
  • Here's a shareable flyer.
  • Learn more about the program here.
Computer Science Principles
(High School)
  • Facilitated by Katie Ingram, CS teacher at LAUSD's Taft High School and Jennifer Stone, CS/CTE teacher at LAUSD’s STEM Academy of Hollywood.
  • Summer Five-Day Immersion Training: July 25-29, 2022.
  •  Learn more here.
  • Quarterly Saturday Sessions: TBD
  • Here's a shareable flyer.
  • Learn more about the program here.

USC and Code.org work together as partners to help K-12 teachers, principals, and district administrators to add Computer Science classes in the 2021-22 academic schedule. In the summer, we train teachers on how to use Code.org’s free CS curricula. Our teachers are invited to a community of educators dedicated to learning from and uplifting one another. Throughout implementation in the first academic year, teachers attend quarterly workshops for additional support in teaching CS through project-based learning.

Benefits Include:
- No background in computers or computer science needed.
- Full scholarships for teachers at systematically under-resourced schools.
- The curriculum, online student learning platform, and access to support from the teacher and Code.org community are available to all schools year-round, FREE of charge.
- Teachers can earn continuing education units (CEUs) for their time.
- Teachers have VIP spots in USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center computer science events. Click here to learn more.

The Value of a Computer Science Education 

California has no dedicated state funding for Computer Science Professional Development nor does it require all high schools to offer the subject, despite K-12 Computer Science curriculum standards. Code.org and USC Viterbi's K-12 STEM Center offer a solution to Southern California school districts, schools, and teachers.

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Image credits: Code.org  Support K-12 Computer Science Education in California here.  Read more about our commitment to CS Equity here.
Summer cohort

The USC/Code.org summer cohort with 52 teachers

CS Discoveries Facilitators

CS Discoveries Faciltiators John Landa and Debbie Spear
with USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Co-Director Katie Mills (L to R)

About Code.org

Code.org is a Seattle-based, 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Code.org's vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Since launching in 2013, Code.org has partnered with public school districts nationwide, helped change policies to expand computer science programs, built innovative curriculum for all levels K-12, and organized the Hour of Code campaign – which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date. Read more about USC's partnership with Code.org here.

Published on September 14th, 2018

Last updated on August 2nd, 2022