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Bootstrap Workshops

San Francisco, CA :: May 17th

We're offering a one-day infosession about Bootstrap, hosted by Upward Bound at USF. This is not a full training, but will be a good introduction for anyone who is interested in learning more about the program. Discover how Bootstrap connects computer programming to core algebraic concepts, using a creative and hands-on project. You can sign up to reserve your seat, at the registration page.

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

Bootstrap is delivering a 2-day workshop as part of our partnership with Code.org and Broward County Schools. We are already at capacity for the current cohort, but Broward County schools and teachers should contact Christine Flynn Semisch to make sure you're on the list for next year.

Chicago, IL :: June 23th-24th

Bootstrap is delivering a 2-day workshop as part of our partnership with Code.org and Chicago Public Schools. We are already at capacity for the current cohort, but CPS schools and teachers should contact Brenda Wilkerson to make sure you're on the list for next year.

Waltham, MA :: June 25th-27th

The Massachusetts Computer Science Teachers Association is hosting a 3-day BYOD Bootstrap Workshop for teachers, which runs from June 25th-27th. Register here [eventbrite.com] to reserve your place now - registration is limited, and these seats will fill up fast!

Charles County, MD :: July 21st-22nd

Bootstrap is delivering a 2-day workshop as part of our partnership with Code.org and Charles County Public Schools. We are already at capacity for the current cohort, but Charles County schools and teachers should contact Diane O'Grady-Cunniff to make sure you're on the list for next year.

Chicago, IL :: August 11th-12th

Bootstrap is delivering an additional 2-day Chicago workshop as part of our partnership with Code.org. We are already at capacity for the current cohort, but CPS schools and teachers should contact Brenda Wilkerson to make sure you're on the list for next year.

New York City, NYC :: August 20th-21st

Bootstrap is delivering a 2-day workshop as part of our partnership with CSNYC. Space is limited to 40 participants, and priority will be given to public school teachers. Click here to find out more - and fill out the application!

To request a workshop for your school or district, fill out our Workshop Request Form.

In a Bootstrap Workshop, you will...

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.

Research Based

Explore the foundations of Algebra, why it differs from arithmetic, and what experts in the field believe are necessary to help your students make the transition. In a Bootstrap workshop, you'll have a chance to sample some of the current research being done in algebra and computer science education, and apply that to your own classrooms. Arm yourself with the tools to advocate for Bootstrap in your school or school district.

What teachers are saying...

"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

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

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