Strategies for Effective and Inclusive Computer Science Teaching

Free Online Course designed to support your efforts, as a computer science teacher or related stakeholder, to develop the insight, resources, and skills necessary to move computer science education into the forefront of your school and communities’ priorities. Course will be led by Vanessa Jones & Andrea Wilson Vazquez as a part of their involvement as CS for All Teachers Ambassadors. The purpose of this course is to support teachers as they work to make their CS courses more inclusive and diverse. It is primarily intended for the secondary CS teacher, but the strategies and research addressed are applicable for addressing equity and inclusion in any STEM course. The course is divided up into six modules and includes topics such as

  • Inclusive recruitment strategies
  • Working with course gatekeepers such as counselors and other teachers
  • Examining your own unconscious bias and cultural misunderstanding
  • Leveraging CS as a tool for addressing social justice
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • CS for neurodiverse learners
  • Intersectionality and its impact on CS identity
  • Applying research-based strategies such as pair programming, CS role models, connecting CS to students’ lives, and building a growth mindset specific to CS

What You’ll Learn

  • How to define equity and the related issues that impact its realization
  • How to develop the skills to advocate for computer science
  • How to use computer science and computational thinking as a vehicle for exploring issues of personal relevance and social justice
  • How to explore and understand our own unconscious biases, beliefs, and stereotypes that can influence our teaching, student recruiting, and interactions with other stakeholders
  • How to navigate program and material selection, while using specific strategies to establish equity and self-esteem among different populations

Since the content addresses sensitive topics on equity, diversity, inclusion, prejudice, and social justice, the course makes use of a combination of online content and activities, interactive discussion boards, and supplemental live meetings (in person or online) with your own Professional Learning Cohort. This creates opportunities to share thoughts, feedback, and constructive criticism in a format that is most comfortable for you. Further, the course uses “in the field” activities, such as classroom observation and practical implementation, to enhance the learning experience and ensure your ability to apply the concepts and techniques throughout the course. Each participant will complete the course by producing a working action plan as culmination of the learning experience.

  • 6 weeks, Self-Paced
  • 4 hours per week
  • 24.00 CPE hours available
  • Start/End Dates of Course: 02/22/2021 – 04/09/2021
  • Kickoff will take place on Monday, February 22, 2021, 5:00-6:00pm CST
  • Synchronous meetings will be on Mondays, 5:00-6:00pm CST
  • Registration End: March 15, 2021, 8 p.m.

Contact Information

  • For questions related to registration, please contact Nathalie Beausoleil at nathalie.b@tacc.utexas.edu.
  • For questions related to Canvas or course content, please contact Vanessa Jones at vkajones@gmail.com.