IU Computing by Design (CxD) Teacher Training Program

iDEW faculty with student

Passionate about expanding computer science in the classroom?

Indiana high school teachers can get four days of free hands-on training through the Summer 2020 Computing by Design (CxD) Teacher Training Program in Indianapolis.

The CxD Teacher Training Program will bring together a cohort of 75 high school teachers from across Indiana.  This program is being offered at no cost to participants, thanks to funding made possible by the Indiana Department of Education, and includes accommodations for those traveling outside a 25-mile radius of Indianapolis.

A project-based focus

Computing by Design is a professional development opportunity for instructors eager to teach courses in computer science driven by project-based learning. The popular iDEW program has successfully implemented the CxD curriculum in teaching computer science at eight Indiana high schools.

Faculty from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) at IUPUI will teach the program courses, following a project-based learning methodology focused on developing lesson plans in computer science.

Use what you learn

After the four-day immersive session in Indianapolis, teachers will have access to SoIC faculty for remote technical assistance to refine their own CxD classroom management plan and project design.

Following the technical assistance period, participants will submit their finished project online for feedback.  Program participants then will participate in a final portfolio-based review, conducted by SoIC faculty, to finalize project design and high school lesson planning.

CxD Teacher Training Program Timeline

January 21, 2020
Applications open for CxD Teacher Training Program

February 28, 2020
Applications close for CxD Teacher Training Program

March 12, 2020
Announcement of Summer 2020 Cohort of CxD Teachers

May 5, 2020
Pre-Work available online for summer instruction session

June 8-11, 2020
Summer 2020 intensive four-day instruction on-site in Indianapolis

June 15-26, 2020
Remote technical assistance

June 29-July 2, 2020
Evaluation and assessment on-site in Indianapolis

July 1, 2020
CxD Teacher Training Program celebration


The deadline to apply is February 28, 2020.

Preference will be given to:

  • Applicants from schools with no existing computer science program
  • Individuals who have not participated in professional development in the past

Only teachers currently employed in Indiana public schools and public charter schools are eligible to apply.

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