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

Teachers: Apply for funding from to attend a Bootstrap workshop, or apply for matching grants from the Infosys Foundation!

Dallas, TX :: May 14, 16 & 17th UT Dallas is hosting a 3-day Bootstrap workshop, generously supported by UT Austin's Tech Resource Center. The workshop will start on Saturday, May 14th, in ECSS 2.415 on the Dallas Campus, and continue the following Monday and Tuesday. Thanks to the generous support of the TRC, the cost of the workshop is only $60/attendee for all three days of training, including all workshop materials, lunch, and a light breakfast. Space is limited, and seats available on a first-come, first-served basis!

Los Angeles, CA :: June 20-22nd The Brentwood School will be hosting a 3-day Bootstrap:1 workshop this June on their campus in LA. The cost of registration is $450/teacher, which covers 21 hours of PD, materials, software, and a light breakfast and lunch for all participants. Reserve your seat today!

Houston, TX :: June 27-28th Bootstrap is proud to partner with Spring Branch ISD and the TRC to offer an abbreviated, 2-day Workshop for math and CS/CTE/Technology teachers from across the Lone Star State. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the the TRC, this workshop is available to teachers at a cost of only $120! Space is limited to the first 40 teachers who apply, so apply now to grab your spot!

Providence, RI :: June 27-29th Bootstrap is proud to be a founding partner of CS4RI, the governor's initiative to bring Computer Science to every school in Rhode Island by December 2017. Brown University's Department of Computer Science will be hosting our workshop, and the Rhode Island Department of Education has generously offered to make this workshop FREE for one teacher from every public middle- and high-school in the state! Click here to reserve your seat, or find more information about cost and logistics.

New York City, NY :: July 12-14th As part of our partnership with the NYC Department of Education, Bootstrap returns to NYC for a follow-up workshop to our STEM Institute track in April. Note: in order to attend this workshop, you'll need to register for the April Institute. Sign up now, at the DOE website.

Denver, CO :: July 18-22nd [SOLD OUT]
Bootstrap is proud to be a founding member of CSPdWeek, the largest cross-curricular PD event for Computer Science Teachers across the country. This year, we'll be offering training on Bootstrap:1 and Bootstrap:2 - all in the same week! Join other Bootstrappers, as well as Exploring Computer Science and CS Principles teachers from across the US. Special thanks to the Infosys Foundation, whose generosity has made this week possible!

Los Angeles, CA :: August 10-12th With the support of the Infosys Foundation USA, Bootstrap has partnered with Donors Choose to provide matching funds for teachers to attend our workshop in Los Angeles. The event will be hosted at Harvey Mudd College, in the Shanahan Center. The Infosys Foundation has agreed to fund for half the cost of the PD for each teacher, so click here to start the Donors Choose process.

Conference and Presentations

You can also find us at a number of events throughout the year, including:
  • San Francisco, CA :: April 27-29 We are attending Crossroads, as part of our partnership with the Infosys Foundation USA.
  • Duluth, MN :: April 29-30 We'll be presenting at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, sharing our research and unique approach to teaching algebra using functional programming.
  • Las Vegas, NV :: May 16-18 Bootstrap is a long-time member of the National Center for Women and IT, and is a member of their K-12 Alliance. We'll be attending their annual conference this May - our sixth!
  • Austin, TX :: June 7-9 We'll be speaking at the Texas Regional Collaborative's annual CS Summit in Austin, discussing Bootstrap's sequence of computing curricula as a roadmap towards college-level computer science.
  • San Antonio, TX :: June 29-30 Bootstrap comes to San Antonio! We're participating in one of the largest conferences of Texas Math teachers, co-sponsored by the TCTM.
  • San Diego, CA :: July 10-12 For our 7th year in a row, we'll be attending the Computer Science Teachers Association's annual symposium. This year we're presenting on Bootstrap:2, and unveiling our new Bootstrap:CS Principles curriculum!

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
  • Earn PD credits while doing it!
In a Bootstrap workshop you'll work with your peers to discuss classroom experiences, 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.

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.

Previous Workshops

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


"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