The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) supports staff development in Computer Science (CS) in accordance with state mandates to address student needs. Support services are provided at the school-, district-, and county-wide levels through workshops, seminars, conferences, projects, and institutes. SMCOE also offers less formal support by providing information to teachers and administrators, initiating collaborations and assisting parents, and sharing resources.

SMCOE commits to providing all students in San Mateo County equitable access to quality computer science education, and recognizes that schools throughout our county represent a diverse teacher and student population with a wide range of strengths and needs.


Hack the Future 24: More mentors are needed for Hack the Future in Sunnyvale June 22. Sign up here.

Strategic Implementation Plan: Two months before the July deadline, the State Board of Education has adopted an amended version of the California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan.

State CS Coordinator: Governor Newsom's new budget includes $1M for a State CS Coordinator.

Equity Guide: ACCESS has released a #CSforCA Equity Guide.

CS PD for All at KCI: Krauss Center for Innovation at Foothill College is holding two week-long CS workshops: June 17 - 21 and July 29 - Aug 2.

Summer of CS: Sacramento County Office of Ed brings us a week of free PD for teachers, strategic planning workshops for administrators, and even guidance for counselors! June 17-21. (Thanks, Christy!)

Black Hole: How did Computer Science help to produce that first ever photograph of a supermassive black hole currently rocking the internet?

UC Promotes CS from G to D: Computer Science has moved up from a mere "G" elective in the A-G system. It now counts as a third laboratory science, or “D.”

Credentials Update: Get your Supplemental Authorization in CS in 12 months online from UC Riverside.


Computer Science Community of Practice

The CS COP meets regularly at SMCOE with the goal of building a community of teachers, administrators, researchers, parents, and students. March 6th was a special Elementary Edition. April 3 will focus on High School, followed by Middle School on May 1. 

CSEd Reading Group

All are welcome to join any meeting of our CSEd Reading Group, which meets Wednesdays 5-6pm at Cafe La Tartine in downtown Redwood City. You can join asynchronously by reading the paper at your convenience and adding your comments to the Slack reading group channel, remotely by video chat on Zoom, or personally at Cafe La Tartine for lunch or a coffee.


Join our Slack group to share asynchronously at any time.


California K-12 Computer Science Standards

Computer Science Teachers Association Standards

NGSS Engineering Practice 

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice


Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan: The California Department of Education has released recommendations about the who, how, and when of standards implementation. Two months before the July 2019 deadline, the State Board of Education adopted an amended version of the plan.

2018 Computer Science Landscape Survey: SMCOE is attempting to keep track of all the CS programs on offer in our schools. If you have even partial information for a district, please fill out what you can, and pass the link on to the people in the know.

Beta Test Scratch 3.0: Check out the pre-release version of Scratch 3.0, which is coming out in January, and get a sneak peek of the new Creative Computing Curriculum Guide.

CS First: CS First is Google's free online Scratch curriculum for 3rd to 6th grade. Reach out to Dr. Thomforde for materials.

Emily Thomforde

Coordinator, Maker Education and Computer Science


Phone: (650) 802-5412