Educators institute on computer science

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- K-12 educators are invited to attend an institute that will help them “demystify computer science.”

St. Anne's-Belfield School and the University of Virginia Curry School of Education are hosting the Computer Science Institute in July.

It is open to teachers from all disciplines. Along with helping to clarify computer science for the educators, the institute also aims to build a regional computer science community and increase access to computer science for all students.

“Often professional development tends to be about getting hands-on with new tools or getting excited about new concepts, but it leaves the participants on their own to figure out how they incorporate the new learning into their practice,” said Kim Wilkens, the co-coordinator of the Computer Science Program at St. Anne's-Belfield. “That's why we devote time and resources to mentoring and supporting you as you work toward integrating CS into your teaching in a meaningful way before you leave.”

One day of the institute will be dedicated to a “learn-a-thon” of all things computer science, and the second day will be a design-a-thon, during which participants will explore strategies for teaching computer science in ways that reach all students.

The teachers will also get to work with elementary, middle or high school cohorts on computer science-infused lesson plans.

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