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CS&IT and Summertime PD

The flowers are blooming (finally) here in Massachusetts so spring has indeed arrived, which means, summer is not too far away. Some of us think, can it get here fast enough? For most teachers, summertime is a time of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Since we have such a long period of time off, it's an opportune time for new learning. Now is the time to start planning out your summer professional development. If you haven't already signed up, the CS&IT Symposium will be held in New York City on July 11-13th.

The outstanding workshops and sessions offered can be seen here:

http://csta.acm.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/sub/CSIT11Agenda.pdf

Workshops are filling up fast, so act now.

In addition to the Symposium, there are many more workshops offered throughout the summer. ISTE 2011 will be held in Philadelphia on June 26-29th. This immense conference offers diverse workshops and exposure to vendors that will both amaze and inspire any attendee.

On the local level, most regions offer Advanced Placement Computer Science Institutes to prepare for or refresh your skills for that course.

Many universities, in partnership with Google, are offering CS4HS workshops, the focus of which is to "develop a thriving community of high school CS teachers and spread the word about the awe and beauty of computing."

The summer is another great time to take a CS course at a local college or university to brush up on your skills or to learn a new technology.

What do you have planned for your summer refreshment?

Do you know of other professional development opportunities that you can add to the list to share with your colleagues?

Karen Lang
CSTA Board of Directors

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