FAQ

I’m a total beginner in computer science; is this suitable for me?

Yes! The workshop is particularly focused on people who have no background, are
teaching these topics for the first time, or would like to go over the basics really carefully.

Will there be a cost for the workshop?

Thanks to the generous support from Google, this program is not only free for the
participants but it will also award each participant $500 stipend for summer workshop and $50 for each follow-up meeting (4 meetings during 2017-2018 school year).

What is the structure of the program?

The program consists of the following:

  • A 5-day, face-to-face 40-hour workshop, (June 26-30, 2017, 9:00am-5:00pm)
  • Four follow-up meetings (dates pending)
  • Online Florida Community of Practice meetings

Dates for the follow-up or online meetings will be determined at the end of the summer workshop based on the participants’ availability.

What is Florida Community of Practice?

Florida Community of Practice (FL-COP) is where the teachers have the opportunity to
reflect and share their teaching experiences, mentor others, seek for mentors, ask
questions, share best practices, challenges and barriers, share lesson plans and team up to promote Computer Science and Information Technology in the community. Our team
believes that a strong community fosters interactions and relationships based on mutual respect and trust. It also encourages a willingness to share ideas, expose one’s ignorance, ask difficult questions and listen carefully. Our goal is to establish an environment of trust, where teachers feel safe to receive the help they need, ask questions, feel confident in teaching CS courses and take risks as a natural part of the learning process. We strongly believe that in a trusting environment, learning takes place through corrective, rather than negative, judgmental action. We hope to create an online environment in partnership with the community to create a Community of Practice in Florida. We will make every effort to create a climate of openness and trust though frequent face-to-face and online interactions.

 Why is this program important?

Florida State Board has adopted Computer Science for Florida schools however there are limited course offerings in high schools due to difficulty in finding teachers who can lead AP computer science (CS) courses. In the Sarasota-Manatee school districts, enrollment in AP computer science has increased in some high schools, but the class is still not offered at many other schools. At USFSM, our ultimate goal is to increase the number and quality of CS classes in the Sarasota-Manatee area by training more teachers and students.

What is the content of the workshop?

We will be using an innovative CS curriculum which incorporates a rigorous, programming and project-based approach and satisfies all requirements of the College Board’s new AP Computer Science Principles course.