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.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
Please check back frequently for current computer science opportunities.
- Join the San Mateo Chapter of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association - The largest computer science department in the world!): Free Membership
- CSTA Upcoming Events: https://csteachers.org/events
- What does it take to get young girls into tech? Connect with #BootUpPD through their new video series #ForGirlsbyGirls, where, each month, they spotlight young girls doing extraordinary things in STEM, coding, tech, and beyond! https://bit.ly/3lb21dK
- The BayICT Partnership is a collaboration between Bay Area community colleges, tech companies, and community organizations. Check out their site for their resources to support students through work-based learning and connect faculty with industry experts and resources.
- Bay Area Cyber League coordinates Summer CyberCamps and Fall & Spring Cybersecurity Competitions for high school and community college students in the greater Bay Area region.
- CDE has just published the official pdf of the CA CS Standards!
- Kapor Center have launched their first batch of Culturally Responsive/Sustaining CS Resources, including curriculum rubrics, pedagogy guides, and lesson plans.
- CSEdResearch created an Extended CAPE Codebook: The codebook considers subcomponents of each CAPE component, categories of subcomponents and subcategories. This codebook has been used in several projects, including to conduct a gap analysis of existing literature.
- Note from the new CDE CS Coordinator, Katherine Goyette: Your voice matters! In seeking to better support computer science education in California, I’d love to hear your perspective. Feel free to complete this optional survey and/or sign up for a “Chat with Kat”.
For Teachers and/or Administrators
- Tuesday, 9/19 at 4:00pm CS Horizons: A Journey Through the Seasons of CS, stipend available
- Friday, 9/22 at 5:00am Learn Python with Pixel Art Crash Course hosted by CSTA Philippines
- High school educators that teach any subject can receive a $500 stipend to join a pilot of IBM SkillsBuild. More info at this form.
- Are you and/or your students interested in joining a community to explore issues of data, ethics, and AI? Click here to learn more.
- A coalition of organizations have collaborated to build AI 101 for Teachers & free AI curriculum options. Click here to explore.
- Registration is open for Implement 4 Impact - A No-Cost, Incentivized Workshop Series, starting on 9/19, to Help You Increase Your Impact with Your CS Students. Stipend Available!
- Registration is open for CDE October AI webinars. 10/11 Safe Use, 10/23 Prompts & Errors. Click here to view recording of Facebook livestream for the webinar series launch.
- 13th Annual C-STEM Conference is 10/20 at UCDavis.
- Applications open 9/1-11/6 for the Aspirations in Computing (AiC) High School Award, honoring women and gender marginalized students in grades 9-12, as well as the AiC Educator Award. Click here for more info.
- ICT Tech Talks: The BayICT Tech Talks are a series of virtual talks and Q&A with ICT industry professionals about their roles, experience, and personal career path. Tech Talks are one-hour Zoom meetings, scheduled twice per month (usually a Monday or Tuesday) at 6:00pm Pacific.
- Applications are open for the fall cohorts of STEAM in AI, a virtual program with options for grades 7-12 & college freshmen/sophomores.
Executive Director, Curriculum & Instruction Services
Phone: (650) 802-5624