Exploring Computer Science

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Exploring Computer Science



This five-day professional development course will cover the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) curriculum and pedagogy. Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, ECS focuses on the conceptual ideas of computing and helps students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems.

The goal of ECS is to develop in students the computational practices of algorithm development, problem-solving, and programming within the context of the lives of today’s students. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues.

Districts that offer an ECS course will be in compliance with SB5088, which requires all Washington high schools to offer a computer science course. This curriculum can support computer science education in districts without a dedicated computer science teacher. ECS is designed to be just as accessible to educators as it is to students — no prior computer science experience needed!

Participants in the professional development course will earn 35 STEM clock hours and will have the tools and training they need to implement ECS in their classrooms or schools in the 2024–25 or 2025–26 school years.


Exploring Computer Science

When: June 24–27, 8 am–5 pm; June 28, 8 am–12 pm

Where: Capital Region ESD 113

Who can join? This training is open to educators, teacher leaders, and instructional coaches. This training is intended for districts that plan to implement the Exploring Computer Science curriculum in the 2024–25 or 2025–26 school years.

Questions: Dr. Shannon Thissen

Registration Details

Registration cost: Free

Learn more about how to register for this event by emailing Shannon Thissen or through the Register button. The link will direct you to our PdEnroller event.



Shannon L. Thissen, PhD Regional Administrator, Educational Technology and Computer Science, Capital Region ESD 113
Terron Ishihara Program Supervisor, Computer Science, OSPI