Most teachers are not prepared to integrate computational thinking into their classrooms without professional learning and support. Based on your competency map and curricular resources, identify what the specific needs will be for your teachers. These professional development efforts should provide hands-on learning experiences and be sustained over several sessions in order to provide opportunities for implementation and reflection. Wrap-around supports including individual coaching, professional learning communities, resources and materials and structured planning time are also necessary to support teachers to design and implement powerful learning experiences for their students. As you identify professional learning opportunities, it is important to also ensure that teachers are recognized for their CT knowledge and the learning that they have done and provide opportunities for teachers to support others as computational thinking expands in your district.
As you design professional learning opportunities, ask yourself: