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Workshops

Philadelphia, PA :: August 5-7th The University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science has generously agreed to host a 3-day Bootstrap workshop, running August 5th-7th. This workshop is open to the public, with a $150 registration fee (this covers all materials and 21 hours of professional development for participants). Reserve your seat now!

Framingham, MA :: August 10-12th Thanks to the generous support of Exploring Computing Education Pathways Alliance (ECEP), we are pleased to offer a 3-day Bootstrap workshop for Massachusetts math and computer science/technology teachers. Registration costs only $25/teacher, and covers all materials and 21 hours of professional development. Reserve your spot today!

New York, NY :: August 17 - 18 CSNYC is sponsoring this is a two-day workshop covering all the material in Bootstrap:1, and is open to any and all Math or CS/Technology teachers. Apply now and learn how your students can program videogames with algebra! Registration for each workshop is FREE for NYC public school teachers, and $350 for teachers from other districts. This covers lunch and a light breakfast on each day, plus all materials and PD hours. If you are a NYC Public School teacher, please have your principal, superintendant, or other administrator fill out the support application as well.

New York, NY :: August 19-21 We're thrilled to finally announce the first Bootstrap:2 workshop in our ten-year history! This curriculum builds on the concepts and techniques students master in Bootstrap:1, and introduces higher-level computer science concepts like data structures and events. This workshop is open to teachers who have previously completed Bootstrap:1 with their students OR who teach computer science (using a language like Java, C, C++, etc). Apply now and learn how you can take Bootstrap even farther with your students! Registration for each workshop is FREE for NYC public school teachers, and $350 for teachers from other districts. This covers lunch and a light breakfast on each day, plus all materials and PD hours. If you are a NYC Public School teacher, please have your principal, superintendant, or other administrator fill out the support application as well.

Bring a Workshop to Your School or District! Request a Bootstrap Workshop for your school or district now!

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.

Previous Workshops

Austin, TX :: July 20th-22nd

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

Ft. Lauderdale, FL :: June 9th-10th

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

"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

"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