Professional Learning

“As I look to the future of our world and of our schools, I realize that technology is changing everything. I wanted to be trained to teach computer science because I believe more and more schools will start offering and even requiring it, and people who do a great job of teaching these courses will have the utmost in job security. In these times of COVID-19, that’s more important than it’s ever been.”

Tina Leclerc, Business Education Teacher, Waterville High School

INNOVATIVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

OPENING NEW TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

4D CS offers a best-in-class Computer Science professional learning course that is focused on equity, real-life applications and employability for our students.

How is our professional learning better than others?

  • Scope & modern contexts The course introduces a broad scope of Computer Science topics including: Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality intro, Computer programming basics, Game development basics, Internet functionality, Intro to Artificial Intelligence, Online privacy & security, Web design & Mobile App development.  They correspond to, and expand on, CSTA 2017 standards.

  • Content & Pedagogy – We integrate both the CS content and the most impactful instructional strategies to meet the needs of today’s learners.

  • Flexible environment – We designed for the flexibility needed to meet the time and location constraints that educators face. 
    • Interactive course: Harvard/MIT’s EdX platform- work both individually (asynchronously) and together (synchronously) as part of an ongoing cohort 
    • Each module covers both essential content and relevant competencies (collaboration, ethics, and growth mindset), while including the best instructional strategies for computer science
    • Built-in assessments and dozens of opportunities to communicate directly with fellow learners and a mentor instructor, in a ratio of 10-15 students to 1 instructor.  
    • Online professional Learning community so that educators can share resources and support each other throughout their teaching careers
  • Reviewed by external sources – The Professional Learning Course as well as the high school curriculum have been reviewed by world-class educators and researchers.

  • Badges through partnership with Thomas College – CCR and Thomas College have created certification badges for each of the professional learning modules to provide teachers with evidence that they have been prepared to successfully teach computer science.