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Welcome! The University of California, San Diego, San Diego State University, the San Diego chapter of the Computer Science Teacher’s Association, and K-12 schools throughout San Diego have teamed up to deliver an exciting new curriculum called Computing Principles for All Students’ Success (ComPASS). ComPASS will build local capacity for teaching the proposed new Advanced Placement CS Principles (CSP) course. ComPASS has been supporting the development of novel curricula and methodologies for teacher professional development for the past three years and it is time to take the next step.

From ComPASS to CS-CAVE: Creating a Village of Educators for Computer Science Principles.

The University of California San Diego (UCSD) has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for an exciting education outreach project called “Computer Science: Creating A Village for Educators (CS: CaVE)” to design, support, and test the efficacy and sustainability of a district-based model for scaling and providing sustained support for teacher professional development to teach the new Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles (CSP) course. CSP focuses on computer science principles, providing students with a foundational understanding of the underlying logic, grammar, thinking and communication skills, and problem-solving approaches of computational thinking. Courses and curricula meeting the AP CSP learning objectives have been piloted at a number of sites but a major obstacle persists: the lack of professional secondary school educators capable of teaching CSP effectively. Using proven curriculum and pedagogy developed through a UCSD CS Principles pilot project, CS: CaVE aims to provide a model for building, growing and sustaining a regional community of high school CS Principles teachers. It creates “villages” for educators, with district- and peer-based supports for introduction of new curricular and pedagogical content. This district-based “village” model prepares CS Principles Master Teachers within each district and develops effective, sustainable supports for new CS Principles teachers. Learn more about CS-CAVE…

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