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.

Highlighted Opportunity

 

June is Pride Month

Happy Pride Month! Celebrate the contributions of LGBTQIA+ computer scientists with resources from CSinSFCSTA, or add a celebration slide to your decks this month.

CS Hero of the WeekAngelica Ross, Founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises

Celebrate Pride Month by Coding a Rainbow with CSFirst

 

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Please check back frequently for current computer science opportunities.

Ongoing

  • Join the San Mateo Chapter of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association): Free Membership 
  • CSTA Upcoming Events: https://csteachers.org/events 
  • Emily Thomforde, former CS Coordinator at SMCOE, is now working for the CDE! She created this form to get feedback on what is important to the CS community. 
  • 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.

For Teachers

  • Big congratulations to all the workshop leaders and participants at the Summer of CS! Session recordings are available for participants to access using their Zoom links and credentials from the workshop. 
  • Friday, 6/24 at 4:00pm CSEd Reading Group again on Zoom
     
  • CS + Environmental Literacy Module and PD Invigorate your middle school STEAM courses and/or elective program with our free “Green Career Awareness and Exploration” modules. Each of our six, fifteen-lesson modules were designed to be environmentally-focused, standards-aligned, hands-on, and problem-based, and conclude with a student design challenge. 

    1. Agriscience:  Learn about soil and solve problems related to soil infertility.
    2. Biotechnology: Learn about biodegradable materials and design sustainable products. 
    3. Computer Science: Learn to code and solve environmental justice issues.
    4. Energy: Learn about water heating and design a solar water heater. 
    5. Engineering: Learn about sea-level rise and save a fictitious island from disaster.
    6. Product Design: Learn about Biomimicry and solve the plastic problem. 

    We are offering free, remote summer workshops to support classroom implementation:

    •  Agriscience
      • Jul 14, 2022 AM
    • Biotechnology
      • Jul 14, 2022 PM
    • Energy and Power
      • Jul 26, 2022 AM
    • Engineering
      • Jul 26, 2022 PM
    • Computer Science
      • Jul 27, 2022 Full Day
    • Product Design
      • Jul 28, 2022 AM

    San Mateo County educators are eligible for a $100 stipend for each module. Register for our workshops here: https://forms.gle/fcDvemqRmtqQePNm7 

  • Be counted! Fill out the national PK-12 CS Teacher Survey by CSTA and Kapor Center and share it with others: bit.ly/PreK12CSTeacherSurvey
  • Code for Fun is offering a week of PD for CS grade 3-5 during the summer. Infosys Foundation will sponsor the PD so it is at no cost to the teachers. June 27 to July 1 2022, 8AM PST to 3PM PST, online
  • The next cohort of the Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Fellows Program from Duke University starts in June. Apply here.
  • The No Starch Press Foundation (NSPF) will award up to $100,000 in grants, of up to $10,000 each, to projects designed to advance the worldwide hacker community. Small organizations, students and student groups, and individuals can apply until June 30, 2022.
  • Snap!Con will be hybrid this year! Join online or at Berkeley. $25, Aug 4-7
  • CSEdResearch.org is hosting a one-day Research + Practice workshop at CSTA 2022. $750 stipends are available for K-8 teachers to cover travel and lodging. 
  • Applications for Summer 2022 PD with the Beauty and Joy of Computing are now open.
    • BJC Sparks - Middle school / early high school curriculum that teaches a functional approach to programming
    • BJC - AP CS Principles high school curriculum
    Stipends are available at select workshops. Learn more and apply at bjc.berkeley.edu/summer-pd.
    Please email pd@bjc.berkeley.edu if you have any questions.
     

For Administrators

  • CDE workgroup on Pre-service Teacher Preparation for CS is recruiting-- register your interest here.
  • One time grant awards of up to $2,500 per teacher participating in the Computer Science Supplementary Authorization Incentive Grant program are available to support credentialed teachers to obtain a supplementary authorization in computer science and provide instruction in computer science coursework in settings authorized by the underlying credential. RFA now available!
  • Amazon Future Engineer 22-23 Sponsorship Program

    • Through this program, Amazon is providing 100% financial assistance to help eligible middle and high schools implement a 6-year computer science sequence and corresponding professional development programs in partnership with Project STEM. Schools will be able to implement foundational computer science courses, starting with middle school courses: Computer Science Explorations 1: Fundamentals in Scratch and the first-of-its-kind Artificial Intelligence (AI) course. Creative Media will be rolling out in the subsequent school year. High school courses include: CS Python FundamentalsAP Computer Science Principles, and AP Computer Science A-Java.

    •  Amazon’s funding will provide all curricular and teacher resources, including fully sequenced and paced digital lessons for students. Teachers will receive detailed lesson plans, 40-hour professional development course(s), and ongoing dedicated teacher support throughout the academic year.

    • If you are interested, please click here to complete a brief application (you will need to copy/paste your Invitation Codes: School ID: 104795 and Educator ID: OCUFKF. Schools and/or educators for whom financial hardship has been a significant barrier to implementing or expanding computer science will be prioritized. 

For Students

  • FREE summer camps for beginning students ages 11-18 to learn coding and game development in Scratch, sponsored by Meta's Engineer for the Week and taught live online by Create & Learn
  • 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. 
  • Registration is open for Stanford's IntroLogic summer camps for students (scholarships available) and training for teachers (free) 

  • Bay Area Youth Computer Science Council is hosting a virtual hackathon, Hack-AI-Thon for middle and high school students ages 13+! Hack-AI-Thon will be about using artificial intelligence (AI) in image recognition. Throughout Hack-AI-Thon, students will attend a workshop where they learn to train and use a machine learning model, build a creative project with a team, and strengthen their problem-solving skills in a fun yet challenging environment. The beginner-friendly and all-inclusive hackathon takes place on Saturday, May 21, from 10 AM to 2 PM Pacific time. Please visit the Hack-AI-Thon Eventbrite page for more information.

Jared Prolo

Executive Director, Curriculum & Instruction Services

Email: jprolo@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5356