Professional Development

CoderZ Professional Development

CoderZ PD will introduce participants to the concepts of teaching Computer Science and Computational Thinking using an on-line tool. With a full understanding of the goals of the CS framework and the competencies this delivers, the participants will learn to develop a STEM/CS program and deliver classes to students while becoming familiar with the concepts and content they will be required to teach. Using a graphic programming interface and a comprehensive curriculum, the use of a gamified self-paced tool to engage students will be covered in depth.

CoderZ Content Framework

Introductory Training: Welcome to CoderZ

This 2-hour training hosts a guided tour of the CoderZ Learning Platform and Learning Center. It provides participants with the background and skills necessary to administer a course. Upon completion participants will be able to create classes, invite/enroll students, add courses, and preview available curriculum. Welcome to CoderZ guides participants through a student view of the platform and basic programming with Blockly, and provides a teacher's perspective for locating the Teacher's Guide, class management tools, and additional resources. This is a hands-on session designed for those with CoderZ access and using the curriculum with students.

Pre-registration is required. The dates and times listed below link to the Zoom registration page that is specific for each session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing meeting information and unique link to join the session. The link will be specific to your registration, please do not share with others. If you wish to invite another, please share the registration information found on this site.

All times are Eastern Time:

Virtual Curriculum Support

FREE, 1-hour sessions available to CoderZ teachers the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. There is no registration required and zero cost to attend these open agenda sessions. Sessions are designed for teachers using CoderZ with students and wish to enhance their expertise. All instructional and content related questions are welcome. Don’t have a question. That’s okay. Drop in to pick up tips, tricks, and hints to create a richer student learning experience.

Open Sessions

No registration required

All sessions are hosted in Zoom

Virtual curriculum support sessions are for content and instructional support. For technical assistance, please contact  support@coderz.zendesk.com

Professional Development Team

Christa Fairman – Professional Development Manager

Bio
Christa Fairman A coding enthusiast, Level 1 Google Certified Educator, and Professional Development Manager for CoderZ, Christa is responsible for developing and delivering professional development and working with schools and districts to ensure they meet their defined goals. She first joined CoderZ in 2017 as an 8th Grade teacher participating in the First CRCC Event in the Greater DC area. The next year she integrated the CoderZ learning platform into her curriculum and a team placed second in the Virginia CRCC Live Event, followed by a first-place team victory in the South Atlantic Region Live Event in the Fall of 2019. Christa is committed to collaborating with teachers and educational leaders to deliver relevant training supporting 21st Century learning and a CoderZ journey as engaging and meaningful as it was to her and her students.
Christa has been innovating, teaching and training in the K-12 arena for over 30 years, working with students, teachers and educational leaders at the school, district and state levels. From 2005 to 2008 she served as a Technology Integration Specialist for Arizona’s Statewide Instructional Technology (SIT) Project assisting teachers and administrators in developing and implementing instructional programs integrated with relevant technology and quality STEM content. During her tenure as an Educational Technology Specialist with Yuma Elementary School District One Christa founded, implemented, supervised, and witnessed District One’s iTEAM KiDS Technology Ambassador Program develop and be recognized as a District of Distinction Honoree by the District Administrator’s Magazine. A program she is proud to say remains successful today with students, grades 3 – 8, continuing to provide professional development to their teachers and support their peers with technology use and troubleshooting.
Because coding supports learning, is cross-curricular, fosters creativity, and develops problem solvers Christa dedicates time to developing young programmers. How young? The youngest is three and a half. She encourages and challenges others to do the same.