PD for Educators
Advocacy In and Out of the Classroom
NewBoCo advocates for access to computer science and STEM education for ALL students in Iowa. We offer a variety of student and educator program options, and are the designated provider of Code.org Professional Learning Programs in Iowa. Our role includes providing quality professional development to educators through local school district partnerships and acting as a regional hub of the global computer science education movement. NewBoCo works proudly with schools and provides networking and collaboration events for computer science teachers.
Whether you teach elementary, middle school, or high school, or are in a supporting role, NewBoCo has something to teach you. Our professional development programs provide opportunities for educators to get started with computer science, deepen their understanding of an area of computer science, and learn how to apply methodologies like Agile in their classrooms.
Funding options are available for educators to participate in all of our computer science professional development programs. The Iowa Department of Education offers the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund and Curriculum Professional Development Grants.
The Iowa STEM Council provides funding to participate in programs that often include Computer Science through its STEM Scale-Up awards. We also partner with the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa AEAs to expand our CS PD Week and provide free, high-quality professional development in Iowa! Please fill out this interest survey to let us know what sort of professional development opportunities you are interested in and programs you would like to see offered.
K–12 Professional Development Programs
Pre-K and Elementary School
Our Tiny Techies professional development supports PreK–2nd-grade teachers with training on foundational computer science concepts and how they relate to some of our youngest learners. You will experience engaging lessons that can tie into other content areas and help students become creative problem solvers.
This curriculum is designed for teachers new to Computer Science who want to offer accessible and equitable introductory Computer Science topics to their students.
Interested in learning how to integrate science and computer science? Join us for our weeklong Project GUTS Professional Learning Program and learn how computational models can be used to think scientifically.
Engage your students with a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, web development, design, and data. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices.
Introduce your students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenge them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. More than a traditional introduction to programming, it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the foundational ideas of computing so all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in.
AP Computer Science A
Guide students through learning object-oriented programming using Java. Students take on the role of software engineers, and practice skills that are used in the field. The Code.org curriculum for CSA is designed for any high school student who wishes to continue their computer science education after completing an introductory course such as Computer Science Discoveries (CSD) or Computer Science Principles (CSP).
Artificial Intelligence PD
The IBM Artificial Intelligence (AI) Education experience was designed to give all educators the knowledge and confidence to bring foundational AI concepts into their K–12 classroom, regardless of their grade level or subject matter.
Expanded Learning Program
The Code.org Expanded Learning Program was designed to provide ongoing support and community engagement for teachers that have already participated in the Code.org Workshops (CS Fundamentals) or Professional Learning Program (CS Discoveries or CS Principles).
Fill out our interest form to find the right program for your students!
Code.org Professional Learning
Tiny Techies Summer PD 2023
Want help finding the right fit for your district or classroom?
Your K–12 Education Team
Director of K–12 Education
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K–12 Student Program Coordinator
Computer Science in Iowa
Public school participation in Iowa has been growing since 2017! Open the map legend to view growth by year.
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