Accessible curricula and tools for K-12 computing education

AccessCSforAll PI Richard Ladner shows a student how to use Quorum.AccessCSforAll will be holding an AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) Professional Development for teachers of the blind and visually impaired. AP CSP helps students understand how computing and technology influence the world around them. The AccessCSforAll AP CSP curriculum, based on the Code.org curriculum, will be the only accessible version of CSP.  We are committed to bringing this course to students with disabilities and examining its effectiveness.

AP CSP is intended to be taken by a wide range of high school students.  Algebra I is the only recommended pre-requisite.  No previous computer science experience is needed. In 2017, the first year the AP test was offered, about 75% of exam takers passed. The score is comprised of both an exam (60%) and performance tasks (40%), which are projects that students complete over the course of the school year.

Teachers from any subject are invited to apply to attend the AccessCSforAll PD. Participants will commit to teaching AP CSP at their schools within two years and to provide (1) information about enrollment in the course and (2) feedback on their experience with the curriculum. AccessCSforAll will continue to provide support during the academic year.

Dates: Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13, 2018

Location: University of Texas in Austin, TX

This professional development event will be held at no charge to participants. Travel expenses will be covered. In addition, participants will receive a $500 stipend and a certificate of completion.

Apply now. Email accesscsforall@uw.edu with any questions.