BootUp empowers teachers to implement elementary coding programs through long-term professional development, coaching, and mentoring. Our Professional Development Facilitators work with districts to design customized professional development plans tailored to the unique needs of each district. We meet teachers and district coaches where they are at and equip them with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to effectively teach computer science and computational thinking concepts and practices.
BootUp partners with districts to create customized Action Plans to meet each district’s unique needs. Our long-term plans provide expert guidance and consulting to build a complete elementary coding program.
- Long-term on-site PD
- District Consulting
- Custom Action Plan
- Curriculum Sequence
- On-site Coaching Support
- Communities of Practice
- Ongoing PLC Support
- District Coach Development
BootUp’s on-site professional development is designed to empower teachers through a customized sequence of professional development, coaching, and mentoring.
PD Facilitators prepare teachers by developing a foundation of computer science and computational thinking concepts, providing curriculum, sharing pedagogical content knowledge, and supporting professional learning communities. Whether a specialist or classroom teacher, our PD provides instruction and time to experience computer science as a learner.
District-level coaches are uniquely positioned to champion a new district-wide coding program. The District Coach Development program provides multi-year support to ensure each coach has the background, skills, and resources needed to grow a successful coding program.
- Participate in all PD offerings
- Work closely with BootUp Facilitator to develop District Action Plan
- District Coach Develoment Workshop
- Co-facilitate/shadow PD offerings with BootUp Facilitator
- Continued consulting and virtual support
What our teachers are saying:
"I'm excited to be a part of this initiative and feel fortunate to have excellent guidance and training throughout this process."
- Kristy Williamson-Jackson, Jefferson Elementary School, Kingsport, TN
"This is my first year teaching coding and the BootUp gave me the confidence I needed to teach coding on the first day. The videos and lesson plans are great resources that will answer any questions you have. Students love the projects and enjoy having a chance to be creative while learning."
- James Leighton, Desert Thunder Elementary School, Avondale, AZ
"I'm very excited to have a solid foundation of PD training from BootUp! Thanks for coming to our district."
- Kim Bradley, Washington Elementary
"The best thing about working with BootUp is the way they empowered our group by giving us the knowledge, resources, and support to know we were capable of offering Computer Science for all students. Thanks to Boot Up, we are able to deliver world-class coding instruction that best meets the needs of all students."
- Lindsey Golden, Kingsport City Schools, Kingsport TN
"Kingsport City Schools students love learning to code. BootUp has put a lot of thought and knowledge into designing a program for teachers to learn how to instruct students."
- Jennifer Sturgill, M.Ed., Library Media Specialist