2021-22 MNCodes Cohort applications are now open!
Cohort Application priority deadline June 9th, then accepted on a rolling basis in June.
The purpose of the MNCodes Cohort is to empower a network of visionary educators with knowledge, skills and resources so that we can expand equitable and engaging computer science education to all students in Minnesota. In doing so, we hope to help make Minnesota a world leader in K-12 computer science education!
The MNCodes Cohort uses differentiated, hands-on PD experiences that draw on qualities of effective educator professional development to explore the principles and skills within computer science and computational thinking and strategies for integrating computer science into any subject area. We facilitate monthly small group discussions and individual reflections around equitable teaching practices that interrupt and counteract gender and racial gaps in computer science, using the book Stuck in the Shallow End as a guide. We bridge connections between the classroom and the IT industry through site visits and guest speakers. Participants put their learning into practice by developing, evaluating and sharing CS curriculum that integrates computer science into academic content areas and meets MN K-12 Academic Standards and CSTA K-12 Standards. Additionally, participants grow their own community of practice by sharing their knowledge and resources with at least 10 other educators in their geographic location by creating and delivering professional development related to computer science education.
Participants: Any K-12 or community educators who are involved with or interested in computer science education are invited to apply. We encourage all experience levels, each year we intentionally select cohort participants ranging from beginner through advanced. No prior computer science experience is necessary! Our meetings are differentiated to allow for access from all ranges of experience and educational roles.
Cohort Dates: A 2-day kick-off event will be held August 9th and 10th, 2021, followed by monthly sessions from September 2021 to May 2022, through a mix of both in-person and online meetings. In November, Code Savvy will host the MNCodes Summit. This will take the place of our monthly meeting in November. Most Cohort sessions will take place evenings and weekends – see the preliminary schedule of meeting topics here. Most meetings will take place virtually, however we will try to host a few in-person meetings in order to help build community within the cohort. Any in-person meeting would provide necessary meals.
Note: A travel stipend is available for those who live 50 miles or more outside the Twin Cities
COVID-19 Update: Code Savvy closely monitors National and State health regulation guidelines. In the event that we are unable to meet in person, online learning will still take place.
Stipend & Credit Option: Cohort participants will receive a $250 stipend upon completion of the cohort requirements and will have an option to earn 3 graduate credits through the College of St. Scholastica. The graduate credits will be offered at a discounted workshop rate.
Contact: Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.