Leading the Charge: Computer Science (CS) for Instructional Leaders

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Session Dates

Thursday October 07, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Webinar
Thursday November 11, 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Webinar
Thursday December 16, 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Webinar
Thursday January 20, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Webinar
Thursday February 17, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Webinar
Thursday March 24, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Webinar
Thursday April 21, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Webinar
Thursday June 09, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Webinar

Educational leaders face a unique challenge in building CS programs that are comprehensive, inclusive, and strategically-aligned. This program is designed to meet this challenge by providing participants with a foundational understanding of CS and a framework for increasing or expanding CS education.


- Leverage CS education to address data-driven goals
- Recognize opportunities to use CS education to support PA content standards
- Identify and determine relevant data sources / sets. 
- Lead a team in setting goals and priorities based on data
- Articulate the need for computer science in Pennsylvania schools
- Define computer science and computational thinking.
- Lead a team to conduct a self-assessment/  analysis of current state of CS 
- Determine the relevant data, curriculum selection, alignment & progression, assessments, lesson development, appropriate professional learning, and consideration of the needs of diverse learners required to support the previously developed SMART goals.
- Locate and identify CSTA 2017 standards
- Identify common computer science curriculum resources and providers
- Empower teachers to implement stand-alone and/or integrated computer science curriculum
- Identify curricular needs that can be addressed through an equitable CS education.
- Identify and address potential equity gaps.
- Identify and task teacher-leaders in CS
- Use data to design a plan for appropriate professional learning to support teachers’ implementation of CS education.
- For example: CS concepts/skill pretests for teachers, student achievement in existing CS courses
- Identify relevant stakeholders including teachers, school personnel, community members, higher ed, etc.
- Identify and task teacher-leaders in CS

Target Audience

School and district administrators

Topics Covered: STEM

10/12/2023, 11/09/2023, 12/14/2023, 01/11/2024, 02/08/2024, 03/14/2024, 04/18/2024, 05/23/2024, 05/24/2024
Location: Webinar
Registration: Closed
Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Richele Herigan, rherigan@pattan.net, 717-901-2240

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Avni Dyer, Sara Frey, Jeremy Gabborin, Angela Kirby, Ethan Pan

Event Contact:


Richele Herigan

Content Contact:

Jeremy Gabborin