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The Model Schools team at the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Lower Hudson Computer Science and STE(A)M Academy (LHCSA), a comprehensive, year-long professional learning program for district administrators and classroom teachers to design and develop a K-8 Computer Science/coding and/or STE(A)M program for their own districts.

LHCSA provides the opportunity for each participating district to begin building the capacity of their staff to support CS/STE(A)M instruction, evaluate instructional strategies for CS/STE(A)M programs, review and select instructional materials, and develop a comprehensive implementation strategy that meets their individual needs.

Membership Includes:

  • Digital and print/text materials as needed
  • Facilitation of all face-to-face sessions
  • In-district field visits
  • Virtual office hours
  • An on-site evaluation of developing programs
  • An evaluation framework
  • Content area expertise in computer science/STE(A)M curriculum design, development and implementation
  • Facilitation by instructional team with deep content knowledge
  • Coaching by staff with extensive professional development experience

Participation Requirements:

  • Attendee: Active participation in face-to-face scheduled sessions is required to ensure successful completion of the program. Due to the unique nature of each session, missed sessions cannot be made up.  It is critical that each registered participant be able to meet these attendance requirements for completion.
  • District: Each district team is made up of administrators and instructors. Each district identifies one (1) to three (3) administrators and two (2) to three (3) teachers (instructional staff with turnkey responsibilities). Districts are responsible for selecting individuals who are strategically positioned within the district to establish a vision for CS/STE(A)M and provide ongoing leadership and support to the team of instructors who will build the program.

Districts are required to identify the following individuals to participate upon enrollment:

  • 1 to 3 Administrators for the Administration Cohort
  • 2 to 3 Teachers/Curriculum Leaders for the Instructional Cohort

Administration Cohort: Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Building Principal(s), and Director of Technology/Instructional Technology. One (1) to three (3) per district (additional seats available for a nominal fee). This cohort supports building-level curriculum leaders and instructors in the development of a CS/STE(A)M program that is specific to their individual district.

 

Composition of a Successful Administrator Cohort

Districts are required to select from the following groups for their Administrator Cohort

 

Option 1 (recommended)

Option 2

If sending one (1) Administrator

Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction

Building Principal*

If sending two (2) Administrators

Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction

Building Principal

Building Principal

Director of Technology

If sending three (3) Administrators

Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction

Building Principal

Director of Technology

Building Principal (x2)

Director of Technology

* Eligible principals are those who are strategically positioned within the district to establish a vision for CS/STE(A)M and provide ongoing leadership and support.

Program Overview for Administration Cohort

Commitment: 3 days (face-to-face); [Optional] 6 hours (online)

[Mandatory] In-Person Sessions at LHRIC (3 Days)

Dates

Session Overview (topics subject to change)

July 12, 2017

(In-Person at LHRIC; Full Day)

  • Articulate a district-specific K-8 CS/STEAM vision statement
  • Create a timeline for developing and launching their K-8 program
  • Identify high level topics, concepts, and skills to be taught

January 2018

(In-Person at LHRIC; Full Day)

  • Identify high level topics, concepts, and skills to be taught

May 2018

(In-Person - Location TBD; Full Day)

  • Review K-8 program scope and sequence
  • Commencement/Closing Presentations

[Optional] On-Demand, Online Concierge Service

August - October 2017

  • 3 hours of additional support available for vision statement review, timeline development evaluations, and CS/STE(A)M topic/concept review

January - April 2018

  • 3 hours of additional support available for district planning support, instructional content review, and CS/STE(A)M topic/concept review


Instructional Cohort
:  Classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, building technology leaders, technology facilitators, and/or department chairs. Two (2) to three (3) required per district (additional seats available for a nominal fee). These cohort members execute the development of the vision, outlined by the district leaders(s) in the Administration Cohort, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully implement a district specific Computer Science and/or STEM/STEAM program.

 

Program Overview for Instructional Cohort

Commitment: 10 days (face-to-face); [Optional] 6 hours (online)

[Mandatory] In-Person Sessions at LHRIC (10 Days); Online Meetings (3 Sessions)

Dates

Session Overview (topics subject to change)

July 13

July 14

August 1

August 2, 2017

(In-Person at LHRIC; Full Day)

  • Learn the fundamentals and pedagogical aspects of computer science and STEM/STEAM
  • Review the CS/STE(A)M topics, concepts, and skills to be taught
  • Develop an implementation strategy for the district-specific K-8 CS/STEAM vision
  • Create an initial scope and sequence based on high level topics identified by the district leader(s) in the Administrator Cohort

September 2017

(Online; 1 hr)

  • Review scope and sequence document
  • CS Ed pedagogy review
  • Identify and share instructional materials

October 2017

and

November 2017

(In-Person at LHRIC; Full Day)

  • Create an initial scope and sequence based on high level topics identified by the district leader(s) in the Administrator Cohort
  • CS Ed pedagogy; CS/Computational Thinking Content
  • Teacher-Learner-Observer PD Session

December 2017

(Online; 1 hr)

  • CS/Computational Thinking Content; STE(A)M Content
  • Identify and share instructional materials

January 2018

(In-Person at LHRIC; Full Day)

  • Refine the scope and sequence based on Cohort feedback and LHCSA faculty review
  • Teacher-Learner-Observer PD Session

February 2018

(Online; 1 hr)

  • CS/Computational Thinking Content; STE(A)M Content
  • Identify and share instructional materials

March 2018 and April 2018

(In-Person at LHRIC; Full Day)

  • Finalize scope and sequence (March)
  • STE(A)M Content
  • Teacher-Learner-Observer PD Sessions
  • Identify and share instructional materials

May 2018

(In-Person - Location TBD; Full Day)

  • Closing Presentations
  • Commencement

[Optional] Online Office Hours (held twice a month)

September - December 2017

  • Scope and sequence development support
  • Implementation strategy evaluations

January - April 2018

  • Teacher-Learner-Observer feedback
  • Closing Presentation review and feedback