CODING4TX: CURRICULUM + SUPPORT

Coding4TX exists to ensure that all students in Texas have access to quality computer science education. We recognize the unique needs and priorities of each district and school, so Coding4TX supports and promotes a variety of curricula.

All Coding4TX curricula are TEKS-aligned; contact a Coding4TX program manager to learn more about TEKS mapping.

Explore the options below to determine which curriculum is right for your school and students, then fill out the contact form to express your interest in professional development.

Teachers can deliver computer science courses with little or no content background or experience. We support and train teachers across a variety of curriculum options, all of which provide materials, training, and support with nationally recognized resources.

HIGH SCHOOL

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES

In fall 2016, the College Board launched its newest AP® course, AP Computer Science Principles. The course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. AP Computer Science Principles aims to create leaders in computer science fields and attract and engage underrepresented students. This course is appropriate for students in grades 9-12.

Learn more about Code.org AP CSP and the curriculum here

Summer: 5 days
Quarterly Follow Ups: 4 Saturdays

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EXPLORING COMPUTER SCIENCE

Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is a National Science Foundation supported curriculum developed at UCLA whose mission is to increase and enhance the computer science learning opportunities across the country, and to broaden the participation of African-American, Latinx, and female students in learning computer science. ECS is appropriate as an introduction to computer science for students in grades 9-12.

Summer: 5 days
Quarterly Follow Ups: 4 Saturdays
Second Summer: 5 days

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HIGH SCHOOL + MIDDLE SCHOOL

CODE.ORG CS DISCOVERIES

CS Discoveries is an introductory Computer Science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with CS as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. CS Discoveries is designed for students in grades 7-9, with two semesters that spiral upon each other, allowing the course to be taught in a number of different schedules.

Learn more about Code.org CS Discoveries and the curriculum here

Summer: 5 days
Quarterly Follow Ups: 4 Saturdays

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CREATIVE WEB DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRAMMING

Creative Web Development and Programming is a project-based introduction to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript through interactive lessons. Students design their own websites and create tech products to learn about entrepreneurship. This course is appropriate for grades 7-12 and can be taught in a semester or year-long experience. Topics include programming with Scratch, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and tech entrepreneurship.

Spring/Summer: 3-5 days
Quarterly Follow Ups: 4 Saturdays

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REPUBLIC COMPUTER SCIENCE MS1 + HS1

RePublic's Computer Science curriculum equips students with the technical and creative skills needed to lead the technical revolution of tomorrow. Aligned from day 1 to the AP Computer Science Principles framework and designed around a series of collaborative projects, units incorporate foundations of the essential knowledge objects of AP Computer Science Principles. Topics include programming, game design, website design, mobile apps, algorithms and logic, and databases.

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SCRATCH + CREATIVE COMPUTING

Scratch is a block-based computer programming language and teaching tool to create animations, stories, games, and more and share those projects with others in an online community. Creative Computing is a curriculum appropriate for grades 3-8 developed at Harvard to provide teachers with ideas, strategies, and activities for an introductory computing experience.

Flexible days

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COUNSELOR AND ADMINISTRATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Code/Interactive offers counselor and administration training through Counselors for Computing and through Code.org. Topics include best practices for student selection into a computer science course, how to support a computer science course in your school with wraparound supports for students and staff, and pathways to careers in computer science.

ALL-STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Computer science and coding have applications in every subject area, so this training helps every staff member learn about cross-curricular options for teaching content and expanding students’ computational thinking skills. Part of our training time is dedicated to developing actionable lessons to deliver to students.

This training is appropriate for schools who already have some computer science or coding courses and who would like to expand student exposure to these subjects.

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