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We believe all Maine high schools should teach computer science and all Maine students should be able to take computer science.

Educate Maine, along with our national partner Code.org, is preparing to launch our new School Leadership Program. We are recruiting administrators and school counselors who want to participate in Maine's first leadership cohort designed to bring computer science to all students. Our current focus is high schools at this time.  (The pilot cohort is open to high school personnel - plans to expand forthcoming.)

The professional development program is meant to help participants gain a deeper understanding of Code.org's CS Principles course, how to equitably recruit students into the program and support admins/counselors/teachers as they implement computer science for the first time. The guided program will:

Equity in AP CS Principles Program Overview

Code.org Equity in AP CS Principles Program is a holistic program designed to support administrators, counselors, and teachers prior to and during their first year of offering AP CS Principles. The program is comprised of three tracks that offer flexible virtual and in-person supports during the summer and academic year. 

Here’s an overview of the activities participants will engaging in along the way:

Administrator Leadership Program

Decide to offer AP CS Principles

Navigate Course Setup

Build Capacity

  • Attend a Welcome Workshop
  • Enroll in the Program
  • Add AP CS Principles to course schedule
  • Select a teacher to apply for the CS Principles Professional Learning Program
  • Take Baseline Practices Survey
  • Attend a half-day Summer Workshop
  • Receive just-in-time support throughout the school year

Counselor Leadership Program

Join Admin in Deciding to Offer 

AP CS Principles

Drive Student Recruitment

Build Capacity

  • Attend a Welcome Workshop
  • Enroll in the Program
  • Recruit students to take AP CS Principles
  • Take Baseline Practices Survey
  • Attend a half-day Summer Workshop
  • Receive just-in-time support throughout the school year

Professional Learning Program for Teachers

Apply to the PL Program

Prepare to teach AP CS Principles

Receive Just-in-Time Support

  • Submit an application to the CS Principles Professional Learning Program
  • Take Baseline Practices Survey
  • Attend 5-day Summer Workshop
  • Participate in year-long series of virtual workshop modules

Commitment

One year professional development, on-going support and networking.

Financial Incentive

Stipends for participants (administrators, counselor, and teachers) awarded at completion.

Eligibility Criteria

Minimum Initial Target School Profile

Key Criteria

  • School serves (at least) 9-12th grade.
  • School is interested in bringing computer science courses to their school and does NOT currently offer AP CS Principles or CS Principles (Code.org or other curricula).

School serves 9th-12th grade students, and does not currently offer CS Principles.

  • School commits to participating in program components, including having an administrator, counselor, and teacher participate.
    • An eligible administrator may also serve as their school’s counselor. Additional follow up may be needed to advise the participant in which program components to attend. 

School leaders commit to participating in all tracks of the Equity in AP CS Principles Program 

  • Eventually, as a result of outreach conversations, the school commits to offering AP CS Principles in the 2022-23 school year. 

Will offer AP CSP in 2022-23

  • The school serves rural students and/or a high percentage of underrepresented student populations: rural students, URG students, and girls.
    • We assume reaching girls will happen through work with counselors/teachers enrolling students, not at school recruitment level, which should focus on rural and URG student groups. 

Serves student populations that are underrepresented in CS.

Apply

Educators apply here for the CS Principles Program! Applications due June 1, 2022. Questions, contact Angela Oechslie, angela@educatemaine.org.