Elementary School Training

Why Computer Science in Elementary School?

In 2016 the Virginia legislature passed a law making Virginia the first state in the country to include computer science as a core subject for all public schools.

CodeVA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, offers free trainings and resources for teachers and school divisions preparing to implement the new computer science SOLs.

CodeVA currently offers two types of training – Elementary Computer Science Curriculum Seminar and Elementary Computer Science Coaches Academy

 Curriculum Seminar

Audience: Classroom Teachers, Administrators, ITRTs, STEM Coordinators, Media Specialists

This one-day sessions prepares teachers to implement computer science in the elementary classroom. A variety of resources and tools are covered, along with teaching strategies best suited to computer science. Our trainers are all experienced elementary teachers with expertise in incorporating the computer science material into existing curriculum.

The focus of the training is integrating computer science into existing class curriculum which parallels the model that will
be the basis for the upcoming K-5 SOLs.

Coaches Academy

Audience: District employees responsible for professional development in computer science at the elementary level

This intensive program awards elementary teachers a certificate as a CodeVA K5 Computer Science Coach, allowing districts to build capacity to train teachers on the new standards.

The VDOE has begun the process of developing the new Computer Science SOLs. These standards will be defined for each grade K – 8 and are intended to be integrated into core classes.

In summer 2017 CodeVA is piloting this program with a small group of districts, with plans to expand state-wide in 2018. The training focuses on both the computer science content knowledge, and practical experience needed to conduct professional development back in local districts using existing PD models.

Elementary Coaches prepare to:

  • Conduct local professional development in their districts based on existing PD models
  • Instruct teachers in grade level computer science content
  • Implement professional development using pedagogy best suited for computer science instruction
  • Equip their districts to make informed decisions about ongoing computer science curricular needs

The program includes online modules covering core content, a week long in-person practicum, and four follow up sessions during the school year. While CodeVA cannot cover travel costs the training, all materials and lunches are free of charge.

Register Here: Please email training@codevirginia.org for more information.

Interested in our K5 Training? Let us know here!

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Our training is funded in partnership with Code.org and includes all materials included a printed copy of the K5 Curriculum and access to the online learning environment.

Questions? Email training [at] codevirginia.org

Participating teachers receive a printed copy of the Code.org K-5 curriculum guide, which includes detailed lesson plans and worksheets to use with your lessons, along with a chart correlating each lesson to the Virginia Standards of Learning.

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