One of the most effective ways to help students build a CS identity is to give them role models with whom they can identify. The National Science Foundation has identified the following groups as historically underrepresented in computer science: women, persons with disabilities, Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. The CEDI project will recruit educators who identify with these student populations to become certified high school computer science teachers and thus serve as role models for the students who have been historically excluded from the computing profession.
- The Computer Educator Diversity Initiative (CEDI) will recruit educators who identify with these student populations to become certified high school computer science teachers and thus serve as role models for the students who have been historically excluded from the computing profession.
- CEDI consists of in-service Texas-certified teachers who will work within a community of practice as they deepen together their CS content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and equitable strategies and are supported to obtain their high school CS teacher certification.
ANY APPLICANT MUST BE A CERTIFIED TEACHER IN TEXAS TO BE ELIGIBLE.
CEDI Program Components
Selected applicants must take part in a variety of in-person workshops and online courses including:
- Introduction to Programming Course (online/synchronous)
- WeTeach_CS Summit (in-person)
- Foundations to CS for Teachers Course (online/self-paced)
- WeTeach_CS Certification Test Prep Days (3 days virtual)
- Strategies for Effective and Inclusive CS Teaching Course including 6 1-hour virtual sessions (online/synchronous))
All teachers in the CEDI project are expected to challenge the TExES 241 Computer Science Competency Exam.
Upon successful completion of the professional development portion of the program, each participant will receive a stipend of $1,200.
Certification Incentive Program (CIP) - Additional $1,000 Stipend opportunity! As you prepare to take the test, apply for the CIP stipend at https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/epic/weteachcs/certification
Learn more from teachers who participated in the 2020-2021 cohort and see why they recommend that other teachers join the program.
Next CEDI Cohort:
TBD (info will be communicated on this page and via the WeTeach_CS Newsletter)
Please contact the CEDI project coordinator Allen Antoine at email@example.com.
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