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Workshops

Districts and Sponsors: Bring a Bootstrap Workshop to your area!

In a Bootstrap Workshop, you will...

  • See the curriculum in action
  • Explore the research
  • Investigate the cognitive challenges for students struggling with Algebra
  • Be a student for a day, and see the lessons taught by a master teacher
You'll work with your peers to discuss content, pedagogy, and spend the day in your students' shoes. You'll have a chance to try activities from every single Bootstrap class. You'll be able to debrief with other teachers, talk pedagogy with the trainers, and try out the materials and software firsthand. And finally, you'll go home with a videogame that you created.

Upcoming Workshops

Providence, RI :: June 25-27th
As part of our continuing partnership with the RI Office of Innovation and #CS4RI, we're bringing our Algebra training to teachers in the Ocean State this June. The training is FREE for RI Public School teachers, and others can register for a fee. Register now to save your spot!

Beaumont, TX :: July 11th-13th
Thanks to our continuing partnership with WeTeach_CS, we're bringing our Algebra training to Beaumont, TX for the first time. Register now to save your spot!

Bloomington, IN :: July 15th-20th
We'll be offering training on Bootstrap:Data Science as part of the Pathfinders Summer Institute, funded by the Infosys Foundation USA. Applications are now open, so apply today!

Brentwood, CA :: August 6-8th
Back by popular demand, Bootstrap:Algebra returns to the Brentwood school for our third year in a row! We're delighted to work with Brentwood again, offering our algebra module to teachers in Southern California. You can register now at the Brentwood website.

New York City, NY :: August 7-9th
Bootstrap has been a part of NYC STEM Institutes for years, but this August we'll be doing something new: Bootstrap:Data Science comes to NYC! We'll be running a 2.5-day mini workshop on our newest course, and enrollment is limited to the first 25 teachers. This workshop is open only to NYC DOE teachers, so stay tuned for the STEM Institute invitation from DOE!


Conferences and Presentations

You can also find us at a number of events throughout the year, including:
  • San Francisco, CA :: May 21-24th
    We'll be at Crossroads 2018, hosted by the Infosys Foundation USA.
  • Webinar :: June 13th
    What does it take to build a K-12 Data Science course? We'll be talking with the Introduction to Data Science (IDS) crew as part of a free webinar, hosted by the Concord Consortium on June 13. Sign up now, and we'll see you there!
  • Omaha, NE :: July 8-10th
    We're presenting at the 2018 CSTA Conference in Omaha, discussing our new Data Science course and our research.

PD Credit

Depending on your district and the workshop being offered, you may be eligible to receive professional development credits for your participation, or even compensation for qualified attendees.

Massachusetts Teachers Bootstrap is a registered PDP (Professional Development Point) provider in the state of Massachusetts, for both math and science and technology teachers. Your time spent in a Bootstrap workshop will count towards your PDPs - just make sure you recieve our certificate at the end of the training.

Texas Teachers Bootstrap is a registered CPE (Continuing Professional Education) provider in the state of Texas. You will recieve a certificate at the end of the training that includes our CPE provider number, which you can submit to TEA at the end of each year to recieve your CPE credits.

Bootstrap Trainers

Master Trainers

Our Master trainers are fully-qualified to lead a complete Bootstrap workshop, having run Bootstrap professional development for years.

Apprentice Trainers

Apprentice trainers co-lead workshops alongside master trainers, and lead mini-sessions and follow-up PD for teachers across the country.

Endorsed Trainers

Endorsed trainers have attended a Train-the-Trainer session, and have facilitated portions of the Bootstrap PD when working with teachers. They are certified to run Bootstrap trainings in specific regions.

Previous Workshops

San Antonio, TX :: June 11-13th
Tulsa, OK :: June 5-7th
Albuquerque, NM :: June 4-8th, 2018
Oxnard, CA :: May 30th-June 1st, 2018
New York City, NY :: April 3-5th, 2018
Chicgo, IL :: March 1-3rd, 2018
New York City, NY :: February 20-23rd, 2018
Providence, RI :: September 27-29th, 2017
Washington, DC :: September 25-26th, 2017
Chicago, IL :: August 22-24th, 2017
Edinburg, TX :: August 9-11th, 2017
Golden, CO :: July 17-21st, 2017 (CSPdWeek!)
Providence, RI :: June 26-28th, 2017
Los Angeles, CA :: June 19-21st, 2017
Spring Branch, TX :: June 12-14th, 2017
Washington, DC :: June 1-2nd, 2017
Austin, TX :: May 16-18th, 2017
Minneapolis, MN :: April 3-5th, 2017
San Antonio, TX :: March 23-25th, 2017
New York City, NY :: February 21-23rd, 2017
Swarthmore, PA :: November 10-12th, 2016
Everett, WA :: October 8-10th, 2016
Los Angeles, CA :: August 10-12th, 2016
Chicago, IL :: August 3-5th, 2016
New York, NY :: August 1-5th, 2016
Golden, CO :: July 18-22nd, 2016 (CSPdWeek!)
New York City, NY :: July 12-14th, 2016
Providence, RI :: June 27-29th, 2016
Houston, TX :: June 27-28th, 2016
Los Angeles, CA :: June 20-22nd, 2016
Dallas, TX :: May 14, 16 & 17th, 2016
New York City, NY :: April 26-28th, 2016
Everett, WA :: April 18-19th, 2016
Sunnyvale, CA :: March 17-19th, 2016
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN :: February 23-25th, 2016
New York, NY :: January 8-9th, 2016
Cleveland, OH :: October 26th-27th, 2015
San Jose, CA :: September 17-19, 2015
Minnetonka, MN :: August 26-27, 2015
New York, NY :: August 19th-21st, 2015
New York, NY :: August 17th-18th, 2015
Framingham, MA :: August 10-12th, 2015
Philadelphia, PA :: August 5-7th, 2015
Austin, TX :: July 20th-22nd, 2015
Pasadena, CA :: June 15th-16th, 2015
New York City, NY :: April 7th-9th, 2015
New York City, NY :: February 27th-28th, 2015
Waltham, MA :: February 16th-18th, 2015
Charles County, MD :: July 21st-22nd, 2014
Holyoke, MA :: August 4th-5th, 2014
Chicago, IL :: August 11th-12th, 2014
New York City, NY :: August 20th-21st, 2014
Chicago, IL :: June 23th-24th, 2014
Waltham, MA :: June 25th-27th, 2014
San Francisco, CA :: June 19th-20th, 2014
Ft. Lauderdale, FL :: June 9th-10th, 2014
San Francisco, CA :: May 17th, 2014
Anne Arundel, MD :: August 8th, 2013
Miami, FL :: July 23rd-24th, 2013
Boston, MA :: July 17th, 2013
Providence, RI :: June 24th, 2013
Anne Arundel, MD :: April 12th, 2013
Oneonta, NY :: March 9th, 2013
Fairfax, VA :: October 20th, 2012
Seattle, WA :: August 10th, 2012
Irvine, CA :: July 9th, 2012
Palo Alto, CA :: June 16th, 2012
Washington, DC :: June 9th, 2012
Boulder, CO :: April 21st, 2012
Chicago, IL :: April 13th, 2012
Anne Arundel, MD :: April 11th, 2012
Napa, CA :: March 18th, 2012
Austin, TX :: February 25th, 2012
Houston, TX :: November 11th, 2011

Reviews

"It's a completely contained, self-differentiating, modular set of lessons that you can use to fit your needs. There's a low floor, no ceiling, and the potential for higher-order thinking is very high."

"I was lucky enough to attend the workshop in Chicago. What a WONDERFUL USEFUL PD day -- the first one in a long while to get me excited about teaching Algebra for the 20th year. If you do come back -- I would love to know about it."
-- Aimee Smith, Chicago Public Schools

"Bootstrap is groundbreaking in terms of meaningfully integrating CS into core subjects (in this case algebra) and packaging it in a way that is immediately accessible and understandable to students and teachers. I feel like this program is a benchmark to strive for when it comes to finding ways to integrate programming principles in schools, and was delighted by the emphasis on the importance of integrating math/programming as a means of equity. Teachers with whom I work routinely ask for programming resources that are tied to core subjects and Bootstrap is nailing that connection."

"I loved the HANDS-On approach! Getting the computer into my hands and actually doing the programming was so important to me."

"Thank you for the wonderful learning experience surrounding the Bootstrap Program. It was a fantastic demonstration of how our teachers can teach algebraic concepts within a real-world application that is personally significant to many of our students. There were so many wonderful things that teachers had to say about their experience."
-- Julie Staton, Lake County Public Schools

"Amazing! Best math workshop I've ever attended! I can't wait to use this with our students."
-- Dana Kirby, Anne Arundel Public Schools

"I wanted to tell you what a great PD you presented. It was probably the very best I've been a part of (and I've been to lots!). I can very clearly see how I could implement this with my students. I can't wait to see if I can get them engaged a little more than usual and have them making connections a little more deeply than usual."
-- Carol Mann, Ceiba College Prep Middle School