Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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2016 Professional Development Grants

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) announces the following grants awarded to Arkansas STEM Centers, Arkansas Educational Service Cooperatives, Arkansas public universities, Arkansas public community colleges, and other public institutions approved by ADE. The request for grant proposals can be read at Commissioner’s Memo COM-16-048. These grants were awarded to provide free professional development to Arkansas educators beginning in the spring or summer of 2016. Interested educators should note that some programs are allowing stipends in amounts up to $1,750.00 for program completion.
 
Governor Asa Hutchinson’s $5 million Computer Science Initiative Grant is providing the $769,732.48 funding for these professional development programs. 
 
The professional development programs were evaluated and selected based on the proposal’s focus on preparing educators:
  • to integrate the embedded K-8 Computer Science Standards within multiple content areas and provide guidance in how to integrate the embedded K-8 Computer Science Standards within multiple content areas to other K-8 teachers within their school, or 
  • to instruct students in the 7th/8th grade coding block, integrate the embedded K-8 Computer Science Standards within multiple content areas, and provide guidance in how to instruct students in the 7th/8th grade coding block and integrate the embedded K-8 Computer Science Standards within multiple content areas to other K-8 teachers within their school, or
  • to prepare existing Arkansas educators to pass the assessment necessary to gain an ADE Computer Science Endorsement on an Arkansas Educator’s License (or individuals in non-traditional licensure programs to pass the assessment necessary to obtain an ADE Provisional License in computer science) and teach high school level computer science content.
 

Program and MOU

Focus Area Registration Info Contact Person

Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative

Up to $37,500.00

Coding Block for 7th/8th Grade and K-8 Embedded CS Standards
Registration 
 
 
Info
 
Marilyn Johnson
 
or
 
Lenett Thrasher
 
501-354-2269

Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative

Up to $104,172.60 for both Arch Ford CS Endorsement and High School CS programs

CS Endorsement and High School CS
Registration 
 
 
Info
 
Marilyn Johnson
 
or
Lenett Thrasher
 
501-354-2269

Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative

Up to $104,172.60 for both Arch Ford CS Endorsement and High School CS programs

CS Endorsement and High School CS
 
Registration
 
 
Info
 
The Cyber Innovation Center, in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Education, will host a 4-day professional development workshop experience where teachers will receive dynamic, hands-on training in implementing innovative, project-driven, multi-disciplinary computer science curricula. The Arkansas Computer Science Training will introduce attendees to computer science as a hands-on, project-based curriculum that utilizes a unique computing platform to engage students in an immersive exploration of the breadth of computer science. Through a puzzle-based learning approach that is strategically meshed with candid discussions of the philosophy and expectations that underlie the learning process, a foundation of problem solving and critical thinking is laid and the four major themes of computer science are then iteratively built as pillars. Various beams that showcase the applications of computer science are finally laid atop the pillars. The high-level goals of the curriculum are to (1) expose students to the beauty of computer science through an engaging discovery process; (2) show how exploring computer science can be used to solve difficult problems; and (3) cultivate problem solvers who are comfortable tackling hard problems and who understand that computer science is a lifelong learning process. *Algorithms form the basis for representing solutions to problems. *Computer Programming explores the reasons for using computers to execute problem solutions for us. *Data Structures explores various major data manipulation and processing structures used by computers. *Computer Architecture provides students with the foundations of computing.
 
Important Session Information:  This training will be held at EAST Initiative, 6215 Ranch Drive, Little Rock, AR. This training is for computer science teachers in grades 9-12. This conference is free. Participants should be prepared to attend all of the training on each of the four days. Lunch will be provided.
Marilyn Johnson
 
or
Lenett Thrasher
 
501-354-2269

Arkansas State University

Up to $32,957.60

CS Endorsement and High School CS

Registration 

www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=283525

or

email jgrady@astate.edu

Info
 
The Department of Computer Science at Arkansas State University is offering the Computer Science Praxis (5651) Preparation Institute to help 12 teachers prepare to pass the praxis test.  Teachers of any grade level may apply to attend the institute. The grant will provide a $1250 stipend to teachers who, BEFORE JUNE 1, 2017, (1) complete the professional development, (2) attain the ADE Computer Science Endorsement or ADE Provisional License in Computer Science, and
(3) are scheduled to support the instruction of one or more of the approved Act 187 courses through either face-to-face or hybrid instructional models for 2016-2017. Up to 84 hours of professional development can be earned by teacher participation in the institute. The 14-day institute dates are June 6-10 and 13-17, July 28-29, and two Saturdays during the school year (dates TBA). Lodging is available for 6 teachers, double-occupancy, who have to travel at least 60 miles to the institute.
Dr. Julie R. Grady
 
 
870-680-8100

Dawson Education Cooperative

Up to $96,903.45

K-8 Embedded CS Standards

 
Registration
 

Session I (Repeat) https://www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=285219

 

Info

Dawson Education Cooperative, 711 Clinton St. Arkadelphia, AR 71923; Participants will go through a six week online training in Scratch Block Programming and participate in three face-to-face training on implementation into the content areas with a focus on STEAM and Makerspaces.

Tonia McMillan

toniam@dawsonesc.com

Harding University STEM Center

Up to $24,418.80

K-8 Embedded CS Standards

Registration and Info

http://hardingmathspecialist.pbworks.com/

Tim Brister

tbrister@harding.edu

Henderson State University

Up to $37,972.00

CS Endorsement and High School CS

Registration

www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=282675

Info

www.hsu.edu/stemcenter 

Betty Ramsey

ramseyb@hsu.edu

Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative

Up to $39,159.53

CS Endorsement and High School CS

Registration and Info

https://www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/calendar.aspx?location=2459&iscooperative=1

Rhonda Fowler

rfowler@nea.k12.ar.us  

870-886-7717

Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative

Up to $50,264.00

Coding Block for 7th/8th Grade and K-8 Embedded CS Standards http://www.starfishnw.org/
 
Marcia Sanders
 
 

South Central Service Cooperative

Up to $48,247.50

K-8 Embedded CS Standards

Registraion

https://www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=285356

Info

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bHxiSGhLoqK7y6H8O-ukc0p-mt6CG6fhqSiSwvXR1H8/edit?usp=sharing

JoAnn Womack

joann.womack@scscoop.org

Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative

Up to $51,800.00

Coding Block for 7th/8th Grade and K-8 Embedded CS Standards http://www.swaec.org/
 
Monica Morris
 
 

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith 

Up to $59,400.00

CS Endorsement and High School CS

Registration

https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/1024796

Info

http://www.uafs.edu

Gail Fulenwider
 

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Up to $35,335.00

CS Endorsement and High School CS

Registration

http://goo.gl/forms/wKddSMCMrn

Info

Date: June 4, 2016 - July 29, 2016
Location: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Cost: FREE (Participants will be responsible for all living and transportation expenses.)
Registration: Please register here: http://goo.gl/forms/wKddSMCMrn
Application Deadline: May 22, 2016 (EXTENDED)
Class size limit: 15 seats
Point of contact: Dr. Kenji Yoshigoe (kxyoshigoe@ualr.edu)
 
Objectives: The objectives of this summer program are:
1.      To enhance participants’ professional identity as computer science teachers;
2.      To enable the participants to apply a variety of computer science teaching methods in their high school classes;
3.      To enable participants to apply pedagogical tools for teaching computer science;
4.      To expose participants to experience the social impacts in a cooperative and supportive environment through the work and class discussions as a team; and
5.      To prepare the participants to take Computer Science 5651 Praxis exam.
 
 
Tentative Program Schedule:
 
Pre-assessment and Catch-up Day:
 
Before 6/4/16: Pre-assessment (one-hour online assessment)
 
6/4 (9AM-12:30PM): Catch-up Day - Primarily for those who have minimal knowledge in computer literacy and programming experience (e.g., based on the pre-assessment results)
 
Main Program:
 
6/6/16 - 7/1/16, 9AM-12:30PM (M-W-F): Programming & Computer Literacy
 
7/5/16 - 7/29/16, 9AM-12:30PM (M-W-R-F): Data Structures and Algorithms
 
7/8/16 - 7/29/16, 9AM-12:30PM (Fridays): Education in Computer Science
 
7/8/16 - 7/29/16, 1:30PM-4:30PM (Fridays): Software Engineering

Kenji Yoshigoe

kxyoshigoe@ualr.edu

University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

Up to $34,604.00

CS Endorsement and High School CS

CATE 4073: Introduction to Teaching Programming in the Secondary Schools will be offered for three hours of graduate credit to participants in the program. The course will provide an introduction to the foundations of teaching methods for computer programming in the secondary schools. Methods of computer programming instruction will include teaching strategies in coding, developing computational thinking, problem-solving skills, and applying key programming concepts. This is an introductory level class that will focus on preparation to pass the assessment necessary to gain an ADE Computer Science Endorsement. Eighteen participants will be selected for the program. Please email Dr. Betsy Orr at borr@uark.edu for additional information.

Dr. Betsy Orr

borr@uark.edu

University of Central Arkansas

Up to $116,998.00

K-8 Embedded CS Standards

Registration and Info

uca.edu/cnsm/2016cscipd

Stephen Addison

saddison@uca.edu

501-450-3199 

 
 
 

For more information, please contact:

Anthony Owen, Coordinator of Computer Science
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-3386

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