Workshops

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

In a Bootstrap Workshop, you will...

  • Experience the entire curriculum
  • Explore the research
  • Learn about pedagogy, content and integration with other subjects
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 complete final project that you created.

Upcoming Workshops

  • Providence, RI :: June 24-26th
    We're proud to be a founding member of CS4RI, and are delighted to return to Providence for the third year in a row! Click here to register!
  • Cleveland, OH :: June 26-28th
    Four the fourth year in a row, we're delighted to partner with CMSD to bring Bootstrap:Algebra to teachers in schools across Cleveland! Click here!
  • Cleveland, OH :: June 26-28th
    Cleveland is gearing up to be one of the first districts in the nation to offer Bootstrap:Data Science to their math, business, social studies and AP CSP teachers. We're beyond excited, and can't wait to work with both first-time Bootstrap teachers and veteran Bootstrap:Algebra teachers from all over CMSD. Click here!
  • Golden, CO :: July 22-26th
    The one, the only National CSPdWeek is back! Bootstrap:Algebra and Bootstrap:Data Science will there, alongside ECS and Counselors for Computing. Unlike previous years, this PD will only be free for CO teachers - though non-CO teachers are welcome to attend for a fee. You can apply right now to hold your spot!
  • Dallas, TX :: July 22-26th
    We are thrilled to partner with more than half a dozen CS Education giants, as part of NMSI's CS Pathway. This cross-curricular pathway allows districts to provide a menu of evidence-based programs for that span elementary through high school, with options for teaching dedicated CS classes or integrating with subjects like Math, Social Studies, Science and Statistics. Click here!
  • Austin, TX :: July 29-August 1st
    As part of our long-running partnership with WeTeach_CS at UT Austin's STEM Center, we are continuing our work in the Lone Star State. This year, thanks to support from General Motors, we are offering a four-day Bootstrap:Data Science workshop to teachers from Austin ISD and beyond. Click here!
  • Bend, OR :: August 12-14th
    Bootstrap:Algebra comes to Oregon! We're delighted to partner with Cascades Academy, to offer the first-ever Bootstrap:Algebra workshop in the Beaver State. This 3-day workshop will cover our standard Algebra PD, and is open to all teachers on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here!

Conferences and Presentations

You can also find us at a number of events throughout the year, including:
  • Minneapolis, MN :: March 1st
    Want to find out how Bootstrap is working to serve differently-able students? We'll be presenting our work on a special, screenreader-compatibile IDE we've been developing for the past two years at SIGCSE. Come check it out!
  • Minneapolis, MN :: March 2nd
    We're honored to serve on a panel discussing inclusive CS Education, alongside leaders like Maya Israel, Emma Koslow, Shareen Hafeez, Rebecca Dovi and Todd Lash. Are you looking to hear diverse approaches to inclusiver and accessible CS Education? This is a panel not to be missed!
  • Cortland, NY :: March 20th
    We'll be presenting an infosession on Bootstrap:Algebra Wednesday evening at SUNY Cortland, as part of the NYS Master Teacher conference schedule.
  • Binghamton, NY :: March 21st
    We'll be presenting an infosession on Bootstrap:Algebra Thursday evening at SUNY Binghamton, as part of the NYS Master Teacher conference schedule.
  • Plattsburgh, NY :: March 23rd
    We'll be presenting an infosession at SUNY Plattsburgh, discussing both our Algebra and Data Science courses.
  • Oneonta, NY :: March 23rd
    We'll be presenting all-day at SUNY Oneonta, discussing both our Algebra and Data Science courses.
  • Buffalo, NY :: April 13th
    We'll be presenting an infosession on Bootstrap:Algebra on Saturday morning at SUNY Buffalo, as part of the NYS Master Teacher conference schedule.
  • Oklahoma City, OK :: June 7-9th
    Come join us at OKNCTM! Bootstrap staff and OK Bootstrap teachers will be offering a session designed to help our Year 1 pilot teachers reflect, and to offer information for OK teachers who are interested in joining the Year 2 pilot.

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.
  • Emmanuel Schanzer
  • Ed Campos
  • Jennifer Poole
  • Emma Youndtsmith

Apprentice Trainers

Apprentice trainers co-lead workshops alongside master trainers, and lead mini-sessions and follow-up PD for teachers across the country.
  • Eric Allatta
  • Adam Newall
  • Jilian Reynolds
  • Joyce Phelan

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.
  • Allen Antoine (TX)
  • Servane Demol (CA)
  • Jennifer Rollins (TX)
  • Jeffrey Strom (TX)

Previous Workshops

Phoenix, AZ :: June 17-21st
Oklahoma City, OK :: June 10-12th
Albuquerque, NM :: June 3-7th
Austin, TX :: May 20-23rd, 2019
Chicago, IL :: May 2-4th, 2019
Palo Alto, CA :: April 10-12th, 2019
Santa Fe, NM :: March 4-6th, 2019
Visalia, CA :: October 2-4th, 2018
Chicago, IL :: September 27-29th, 2018
Cleveland, OH :: September 12-14th, 2018
Brentwood, CA :: August 6-8th, 2018
New York City, NY :: August 7-9th, 2018
Bloomington, IN :: July 15th-20th, 2018
Beaumont, TX :: July 11th-13th, 2018
San Diego, CA :: June 26-29th, 2018
Providence, RI :: June 25-27th, 2018
San Antonio, TX :: June 11-13th, 2018
Tulsa, OK :: June 5-7th, 2018
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
Cleveland, OH :: October 4-6th, 2017
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