Five Days that Transformed My Teaching
Friday, September 21, 2018 — 1:30PM - 3:00PM
Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is a combination of curriculum and professional development designed to be a broad introduction to CS for all high school students, with an emphasis on promoting equity in the classroom. The creators’ primary objective was to create an engaging CS classroom that is attractive to all students and thus contains the same demographics among the students in the classroom as the surrounding neighborhood in terms of gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The curriculum is based on years of research and its raison d’etre has been to democratize computer science education. Our participation in going through the professional development of ECS has fundamentally changed our philosophy and the way we teach our college courses, in particular with regard to equity and guided inquiry teaching practices. We will also talk about how the ECS curriculum and PD have been adapted for Puerto Rico, Chicago and Utah.