We are a leader in providing professional development for computer science educators, offering training in nationally recognized computer science curricula. We are the K-12 computer science teacher training hub for the New England region.

With funding from the Code.org, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and local business and industry, we offer training at low or no cost to school districts and educators, create ongoing support through professional learning networks, and prepare teachers to change lives.

SCRIPT: Strategic Planning Tool for School Districts

School districts and other local education organizations are the unit of change toward creating rigorous, inclusive and sustainable K-12 computer science education.  The SCRIPT (Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool) is a nationally-recognized framework to guide teams of district administrators, school leaders, and educators through a series of collaborative visioning, self-assessment and goal-setting exercises to support systems-level change by addressing five key areas: (1) Leadership, (2) Teacher Capacity and Development, (3) Curriculum and Materials Selection and Refinement, (4) Partners, and (5) Community.

Several workshops have been offered around the state in school year 2020-2021.  We will be scheduling additional workshops in 2021-2022.   Please email deborah@csforma.org if you would like to be added to the SCRIPT Workshop list.  And please stay tuned for more announcements in the fall.

CSforMA Professional learning Institutes 

Our CSforMA Professional Learning Institutes offered faculty professional development in emerging technologies though a series of week-long sessions, as well as Code.org’s Professional Learning Program for K-5, Middle School and High School. These Institutes allow educators to take advantage of train-the-trainer sessions, gain experience with advanced software tools and platforms, and learn collaboratively with colleagues from across the state. We have cross-walked all of our offerings to the DLCS standards so that teachers are able to gain competency review for licensure.

The CSforMA Professional Learning Institutes for 2021 featured intensive train-the-trainer courses in emerging technologies that track closely to our Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards and licensure requirements. Thanks to significant contributions from the Digital Literacy Now Grant and our business partners, we were able to offer scholarships for educators in MA public schools and private schools that serve a large number of underrepresented minorities or economically- disadvantaged populations. 

Workshops offered in Summer 2021
  • Computer Science Resources for K-5 Educators                                                            
  • Code.org CS Discoveries (Grades 6-10) Professional Learning Institute            
  • MIT App Inventor Computational Thinking Curriculum                                        
  • Deep Dive into Micro:Bits                                                                             
  • Computational Thinking and Problem Solving                                       
  • Bootstrap Data Science
  • Code.org CS Principles (Grades 9-12) Professional Learning Institute            
  • Artificial Intelligence Methods in Data Science                         
  • Focus on Scratch                       
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Bootstrap Algebra       
  • Advanced MicroControllers with Cybersecurity 
  • Minecraft
  • Sphero Computer Science Foundations
  • Kibo

Workshops offered in Spring 2021

  • Computing for Counselors (C4C)
  • Strategies for Effective and Inclusive CS Teaching
  • Physical Computing for K-5 Educators
  • Deep Dive into the Circuit Playground
  • MicroPython for the AP CSP Create Task
  • Computational Thinking Through Music
  • Block Party: Creative Computing with Scratch
  • Computational Thinking for Middle School Educators
  • Digital Collaboration – Don’t Reinvent!
  • Teaching Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Badging for DLCS
  • Collecting, Organizing and Visualizing Data

Code.org Regional Partner

We are the Code.org Massachusetts Regional Partner, offering Professional Learning Programs in CS Discoveries (grades 6-10) and for CS Principles (grades 9-12). The Code.org Professional Learning Program is free and open to educators who are interested in teaching computer science with Code.org resources. No prior computer science experience is required.

Exploring Computer Science

EXPLORING COMPUTER SCIENCE (ECS) is a yearlong course designed to teach the fundamental concepts and big ideas of computing and coding. The course draws on the curricular framework of the ACM’s Model Curriculum for K-12 Computer Science. We offer train-the-trainer professional development in this curriculum, and in certain cases graduate credit for participating faculty.