Computational Thinking at HISD #HISDecoded

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    The goal of #HISDecoded is to immerse every HISD student in Computational Thinking experiences, including coding. It is an educational approach that brings critical thinking skills and creative expression to life.  Students learn how to create technology, rather than simply consume it.  

Why Computational Thinking?

  • #HISDecoded supports HISD's core initiative of "Rigorous Instructional Standards and Supports" as well as its core value of "Student Learning is the Main Thing." Computational Thinking learning activities promote self-directed learning and meaningful collaboration. Computational Thinking equips students with the tools of formal logic and creativity, which is useful for everyone-not just computer scientists. Computationally-literate graduates are empowered to pursue advanced post-secondary coursework as well as post-secondary certifications that position them well in both the local and global economy. With this initiative, HISD is poised to advance the state of public education, as globally-competitive school systems already integrate Computer Science and Computational Thinking as part of their core curriculum. Partnership

Announcements - #HISDecoded

  • Planning to get CS certified in 2017?

    There are three CS certification exam testing windows coming up in May (5/10-13), June (6/28-7/1), and August (8/16-19), so make sure you’re prepared. To help out, the WeTeach_CS Certification Prep Tour of Texas will be on the road throughout the spring and summer, coming to a location near you:

    Workshop Schedule

    May 1-2 – Victoria – Registration closes April 24th – Register Now!

    June 12-13 – Abilene – Registration Closes June 6th – Register Now!

    June 12-13 – Edinburg – Registration Closes June 5th – Register Now!

    June 29-30 – El Paso – Registration Closes June 22nd – Register Now!

    July 11-12 – San Antonio – Registration Closes July 4th – Register Now!

    July 18-19 – Beaumont – Registration Closes July 13th – Register Now!

    August 7-8 – Richardson – Registration Closes July 31st – Register Now!

    For more info go to: 

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  • Get a $1600 Teacher Stipend

    HISD teachers who apply for and get accepted into the Professional Learning Program are eligible for the RUSMP WeTeach_CS Collaborative.

    Upon successful completion of the program, Collaborative participants will receive:

    • $1,600 stipend;
    • $610 in books and teaching materials;
    • Opportunities for customized professional development including face-to-face mentoring to become Texas-certified in grades 8-12 CS or travel and registration support to attend the WeTeach_CS Summit being held June 5-7, 2017; and
    • Networking opportunities with other CS teachers, industry professionals and college faculty

    The deadline for acceptance into the Collaborative is February 28, 2017. For more info, please see the program flyer HERE

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  • UT Austin Center for Stem Education's WeTeach_CS Face-to-Face Workshop @ HISD

    WeTeach_CS Certification Prep provides an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, Fundamentals of Computer Science, or AP Computer Science A. Course instructors address several competencies in depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help to prepare them to challenge the CS certification test.

    Date & Time

    • Monday, January 23, 2017 - Tuesday, January 24, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


    • Ryan Professional Development Center
    • Building A, Room PL3
    • 4001 Hardy Street
    • Houston, Texas 77009
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  • Fall and Spring CS Professional Development Workshops


    Academic-year Workshop Dates (Saturdays) Location
    AP Computer Science Principles     September 17, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)              Room 1E01 
    October 29, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E02 
    January 21, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E01
    February 11, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E01 
    Exploring Computer Science           September 17, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E02 
    October 29, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 2C12
    January 21, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E02
    February 11, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E02 
    Computer Science in Algebra     October 29, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) Room 2E02
    Computer Science in Science           September 17, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) Room 2E02
    January 21, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) Room 2E02
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  • Bebras Challenge Invitational Round - Saturday October 1, 2016 at Rice University


    During the 2015-2016 school year, 7000 Houston ISD students participated in the Bebras Computing Challenge. We invited the top scorers to participate in the Invitational Round of the Bebras Computing Challenge hosted by Rice University on October 1, 2016.

    The challenge will be held from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. A more detailed agenda is available at

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  • Summer CS Professional Development Workshops


    2016-2017 High School Programs

    AP Computer Science Principles (CS Principles) in Salt Lake City [ Information] [ Registration for HISD teachers only

    Exploring Computer Science (ECS) at Rice University RUSMP, Houston, TX [ Information] [ Registration for HISD teachers only]

    2016-2017 Middle School Programs

    Computer Science in Science (CS in Science) at Rice University RUSMP, Houston, TX [ Information] [ Registration for HISD teachers only]

    Computer Science in Algebra (CS in Algebra) at Rice University RUSMP, Houston, TX [ Information] [ Registration for HISD teachers only Professional Development 2016-2017 Dates


    Summer Workshop Dates Academic-year Follow up Workshop Dates (Saturdays)

    AP Computer Science Principles  

    July 18-22, 2016 (Monday - Friday) in Salt Lake City, Utah    September 17, 2016; October 29, 2016; January 21, 2017; February 11, 2017

    Exploring Computer Science

    July 11-15, 2016 (Monday - Friday) September 17, 2016; October 29, 2016; January 21, 2017; February 11, 2017

    Computer Science in Algebra

    July 7-8, 2016 (Thursday and Friday) October 29, 2016

    Computer Science in Science

    July 5-6, 2016 (Tuesday and Wednesday) September 17, 2016; January 21, 2017
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  • Sign up for the upcoming AP CSP Teacher Training 

    The AP CSP training is a rigorous workshop that trains teachers on strategies to teach the new curriculum and implement the online platform they will use in the classroom. Attendance stipends, CPE hours, and food will be provided. Reserve your spot ASAP. Apply HERE
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  • $1000 Stipend to Become Computer Science Certified
    The Center for STEM Education will award a $1000 stipend to any teacher who becomes computer science certified between now and August 2016.

    Application HERE
    More information HERE
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  • Teach Computer Science! March 22-23
    HISD is offering teachers a 2-day Computer Science certification preparation workshop on March 22-23, 2016. Participants will address several competencies in depth that will help to prepare them for the CS certification test. Registration is open on e-train.
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  • Bebras Global Computational Thinking Challenge, Nov. 9-20
    The Innovative Curriculum Department invites Houston ISD students in grades 5-12 to participate in the Bebras Global Computational Thinking (45-minute) Challenge.  Participating students will join peers from over 30 countries to tackle a variety of interactive computing challenges designed to get them excited about computing through tasks that do not require prior knowledge of digital technology.  Through these challenges, students develop crucial Global Graduate skills and abilities: critical thinking, communication, adaptability, decision-making, and leadership.

    Students are exposed to computational thinking as a fundamental way of thinking, problem solving, and understanding people and the world that has a direct impact on their learning in math, science, reading and writing. Technology and Computer Science teachers choose the day and time that best suit their class schedule during the weeks of 9-20 November 2015. Schools with large enrollment and/or limited lab space, can elect to run the challenge on multiple days.  Students can participate in this online challenge in their classroom, after-school club, or at home.  

    Visit to register for the challenge.  
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