Educate Maine and Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance announced today that they are once again offering a week-long computer
science professional development program. This high-quality professional learning program will be July 24-28, 2023, in person on the beautiful Biddeford campus of The University of New England. Elementary, Middle, and High School teachers are encouraged to sign up! Scholarships are available, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through July 7th.
“This program has grown and is continuing to grow with great momentum. Last year, we had applications from all over New England, and the great part is you don’t have to have any previous experience or knowledge to teach computer science,” said Angela Oechslie, Director of Project>Login at Educate Maine. “We expect applications to double this year.”
Similar to last year, Educate Maine and MMSA will host the group on campus in UNE’s Marcil Hall. During the week, educators will have the opportunity to network with each other as well as industry partners like Tyler Technologies, who is the Community Event sponsor. Throughout the week, participants will be able to explore Maine, on and off campus. New this year, we’ve added multiple elementary educator pathways to explore integrating computer science into their classrooms.
MMSA, in a partnership funded by the Harold Alfond Foundation, that brings together eight Maine school districts and education leaders, has developed 4 days of programming geared toward supporting all K-8 educators learn more about CS and come away inspired to integrate CS into their daily curriculum. Educators will also get a jump on using the recent infusion of technology made possible by the CSI initiative of the Maine DOE as the Learning Through technology team will be demonstrating ways to effectively incorporate the Mobile CS labs recently granted to Maine schools. “We know all students need and deserve to learn CS. We also know that schools and teachers are limited on time and resources. Partnering on the CS Summer of Fun! has proven to be a great way to engage teachers with various backgrounds, levels of exposure to computer science and interest in integrating computer science in their schools.” said Rhonda Tate, STEM Specialist at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.
For more information about the CS Summer of Fun PD Week!, please visit bit.ly/CSSummerofFun
About Educate Maine
Educate Maine is a business-led education advocacy organization. Our mission is to ensure that Maine people are prepared to succeed in education and career. We want all Maine people to reach their highest educational and economic potential to power a vibrant, globally competitive Maine economy. Our Project>Login program strives to connect students and adult learners with an interest in computer science or technology to education, training, and employment opportunities. We recognize the importance of STEM education in deeply engaging students at every stage of the education pipeline, teaching them highly sought-after 21st-century skills, and opening doors to
exciting, high-wage, in-demand careers.
The Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance (MMSA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports educators to teach science, technology, engineering, and math in more meaningful ways by:
● Developing professional development experiences for K-12 educators
● Conducting research and evaluation of STEM learning experiences
● Building relationships and networks to sustain systemic statewide and nationwide improvement STEM Workforce Ready 2030 (WFR), a project of MMSA, is creating a network of teacher leaders across the state that are committed to increasing equitable access to computer science for all K-8 students.
Contact: Angela Oechslie
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance