If you are a high school or community college STEM teacher, you may be aware of the “AP Computer Science Principles” exam (or dual cred) opportunity that became available in the last couple of years. The “Beauty and Joy of Computing” (BJC) is a College Board-endorsed curriculum and professional development provider for the “AP Computer Science Principles” course.
The University of North Texas’ Department of Computer Science and Engineering is hosting a professional development program for the “BJC Curriculum and Teacher Prep” this summer in Denton (July 8-12). UNT’s David Keathly, one of the National Convergence Technology Center’s grant partners, offers this: “This professional development workshop provides a unique opportunity to be fully equipped to offer your students a course relevant to all. It teaches basic problem solving and critical thinking skills need for all STEM and non-STEM students alike. And it offers them the opportunity to earn College credit through the associated AP exam or as dual credit.”
Aside from North Texas, please note that BJC has regional Summer PD events for public school teachers scheduled at different locations and dates around the country. The cost of the workshop is only $75 and includes all materials, plus ongoing support and mentorship throughout the school year by the BJC “Master Teachers.” Participating teachers may be eligible for reimbursement for reasonable expenses for travel, lodging, and meals.
Applications are currently open for the BJC Summer 2019 Professional Development Program. APPLY for a Regional BJC PD by May 15, 2019.
Find more information, locations, and dates for the regional BJC PD events here.