BootUp Professional Development
BootUp prepares teachers and district instructional coaches to teach elementary computer science through long-term professional development, model teaching, and coaching.
Why Computer Science is more important than ever
According to Code.org, multiple studies show that students learning computer science perform better in reading, math, and science in primary school; score better on standardized AP exams in secondary school; are 17% more likely to enroll in university; and perform better at problem-solving from primary school to university.
The opportunity lies in preparing teachers with the essential skills needed to integrate computer science into their classrooms for equitable access to all students. The investment in teachers and students will yield significant returns in increasing students' confidence, communication, and critical thinking skills, vital for future leaders.
State Funding Opportunities
The Iowa Department Of Education has announced an open grant window for Computer Science professional development. The Iowa DoE will provide funding for BootUp's district-wide professional development and support for a genuinely sustainable elementary computer science initiative!
Iowa DoE will fund up to $10,000 for K-5!
For more information or support writing your grant, please get in touch with Suzanne Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the following link: https://bootuppd.org/elementary-computer-science-grant-opportunities/
PD Tailored to Your Districts' Specific Needs
At BootUp, we provide in-person and virtual professional development, coaching, and resources that prepare teachers to facilitate coding projects in Scratch and ScratchJr. Students are inspired through creative and interactive lessons that allow them to explore their personal interests with code.
Get started today with PD tailored to your districts’ specific needs. Benefits to District-wide CS implementation are:
- Boost teacher expertise and confidence
- Captivate students with interest-driven learning and code they love
- Increase engagement, creative thinking, and success
What Districts Are Saying About Us
Why BootUp PD?
As the popularity of coding grows, the equity gap is growing even faster. Fortunately, the solution is one click away. Through long-term professional development, BootUp trains teachers to empower all elementary students as they become creators, collaborators, communicators, and real-world problem-solvers.
BootUp coaches teachers to engage students through easy-to-use, block-based programming languages (Scratch and ScratchJr) and lessons that include interactive stories, games, music, and more. With BootUp, computer science is elementary for all.
Learn how to put ESSER Funding to work for your district. Click HERE