1. Amy Moreland
  2. https://cs.uteach.utexas.edu/staff-directory/amy-moreland
  3. UTeach Computer Science Coordinator
  5. University of Texas at Austin, UTeach Institute, UTeach Computer Science
  1. Michael DeGraff
  2. Teacher Support Specialist
  4. UTeach Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin, UTeach Institute

UTeach Computer Science Principles

NSF Awards: 1543014

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

UTeach Computer Science Principles is not a “business as usual” curriculum. It goes beyond programming to address the K12 CS Framework core ideas like creativity, abstraction, global impact, and more. Beyond that, UTeach CSP Principles was developed with the explicit intention of broadening participation among young women and others historically underrepresented in the field. It’s an issue of equity!

There are a number of great CS Principles courses available. Here are the things we think make our course unique:

  • UTeach CS Principles was developed for high school teachers and students by highly experienced and successful secondary CS teachers.
  • The course engages students in authentic, project-based learning, focusing less on programming than deep conceptual understanding and computational thinking skills.
  • UTeach CS Principles can be taught in a variety of classroom and school environments, with no assumptions about students’ access to technology at home.
  • The course was designed using evidence-based strategies that incorporate socially relevant content with the explicit intention of motivating young women and others from groups historically underrepresented in CS.
  • UTeach CS Principles is endorsed by the College Board. It is designed to prepare students to submit Performance Tasks and take the AP Computer Science Principles exam.
  • The turnkey curriculum and teacher materials, coupled with our intensive training and support model, enables teachers and students who are new to computer science to be successful.
  • UTeach CSP has been implemented in 300 classrooms nationwide. Teachers help shape and improve the curriculum and support each other by sharing resources and crowdsourcing solutions.
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