Support Communities for CS Teachers
they can continue to collaborate throughout
the school year. CS Matters [ 5], Beauty and
Joy of Computing (BJC) [ 2], Mobile CSP
[ 8] and other curriculum providers have
also run similar trainings for teachers in the
summer. The summer seems to be the best
time to offer PD for teachers and I think it
is equally important to have subsequent
meetings throughout the school year for
State and national associations such as
the Computer Science Teachers Associ-
ation (CSTA) [ 4], ACM [ 1], International
Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
[ 6], NCWIT [ 9], and SIGCSE [ 10] are just
a few that also offer support through
informational emails, conferences, and
memberships. Educators are encouraged
to become members and collaborate with
other members throughout the country.
The conferences that I have attended have
been very informative and have allowed
me to network with CS educators and
professionals from various computing
fields. Maryland holds a yearly CS summit
[ 7] to discuss current issues and trends
in CS education; teachers, administrators,
and other stake holders come to share and
learn about changes that have occurred
over the year. We Teach_CS is holding a
similar event in Austin, Texas as well [ 11].
No teacher should ever feel alone and
unsupported in their content area. Many CS
educators may not know that these sup-
ports exist, and I encourage those who know
to share with new CS teachers or those who
are still stuck in their own silo. Everyone I
have met in the global CS community has
always had student success and teacher
support as their top priorities. It is a commu-
nity I am extremely proud to be a part of.
1. ACM; https://www.acm.org/. Accessed 2019 April 23.
2. BJC; https://bjc.berkeley.edu/. Accessed 2019 April 23.
3. Code.org; https://www.code.org/. Accessed 2019 April
4. CSTA; https://www.csteachers.org/. Accessed 2019
5. CS Matters; http://csmatters.org/overview. Accessed
2019 April 23.
6. ISTE; https://www.iste.org/. Accessed 2019 April 23.
7. Maryland CS4MD Summit; https://cs4md.com/
summit. Accessed 2019 April 23.
8. Mobile CSP; https://course.mobilecsp.org/mobilecsp/
course?use_last_location=true/. Accessed 2019 April 23.
9. NCWIT; https://www.ncwit.org/. Accessed 2019 April 23.
10. SIGCSE; http://sigcse.org/sigcse/. Accessed 2019
11. Texas We Teach_CS Summit; https://stemcenter.
utexas.edu/events/18. Accessed 2019 April 23.
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Figure 2: Maryland CS teachers at the AP CS A Reading.
Figure 3: Maryland CS teachers at Code.org PD in Philadelphia.