Experiences in Delivering Online CS Teacher Professional Development




Wilde, Jina
Beltran, Emiliano
Zawatski, Michael J.
Fernandez, Amanda S.
Prasad, Priya V.
Yuen, Timothy T.

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UTSA Graduate School


This paper describes our team’s experience in designing and delivering the online teacher professional development (PD) program, Computer Science for San Antonio (CS4SA), aimed at empowering educators with computer science (CS) knowledge to increase Latinx participation in CS and STEM education within a large, urban predominantly Latinx school district in South Texas. This paper highlights the successes, challenges, and lessons learned while facilitating two cohorts of the CS PD through online platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this program, participants recognized the importance of integrating CS into their classroom and becoming advocates for the discipline at the high school level. Additionally, teachers, investigators, and other personnel learned important lessons for enhancing the program’s impact through collaboration with district administrators and refinement of the online learning experience.


This work was originally presented as a conference paper at the 55th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education in Portland, Oregon, in March 2024. The conference paper is available at https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/6426.




Computer Science