2020 Professional Development

One-Week Workshop for Teachers

BJC Professional Development Workshops

BJC is a College Board-endorsed AP Computer Science Principles curriculum and professional development based on the themes of creativity and social impacts. Since 2012, we have provided professional development to more than 600 teachers throughout the U.S., reaching more than 5,000 students. If you are interested in attending PD in Summer 2020, please complete our BJC Summer 2020 PD interest form. Or, if you are ready to apply to our PD workshop, please scroll to the Workshop Schedule below.

PD in Summer 2020

Thanks to the generosity of Infosys Foundation USA, BJC will offer FREE BJC Computer Science Professional Development for 80 teachers at the Pathfinders Summer Institute on July 19-24, 2020 all online. Funds from Infosys matched funds from schools, districts, and individual donations to make it possible for teachers to attend at no cost. Find more information and access the application at the Pathfinders website. The Pathfinders application is due June 5, 2020.

We also will be holding regional workshops in the following locations:

Date Time Partner Registration
June 22 - 26 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST App is now closed.
July 6 - 10 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM CST App is now closed.
July 13 - 17 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM PST App is now closed.
July 19 - 24 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST Pathfinders Infosys 2020 Pathfinders Registration - Virtual
App is now closed.
July 20 - 24 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST SC Teachers Only
App is now closed.
July 20 - 24 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM CST App is now closed.
July 27 - July 31 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST Kean University App is now closed.
July 27 - 31 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM CST Pump-CS App is now closed.
August 3 - August 7 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM PST App is now closed.
August 3 - August 7 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST App is now closed.

Regional BJC PD Model

Professor Tiffany Barnes at NC State University leads our efforts to provide regional BJC professional development workshops at universities around the United States. These workshops have been offered since 2012 at low or no cost to teachers with support from the National Science Foundation (grants 13469222 and 1542922), DonorsChoose, and Infosys Foundation USA.

BJC PD Workshops are led by BJC Master Teachers who have attended a BJC summer PD workshop, taught the BJC course in high school, and participate in our ongoing “Train the Trainer” professional development program. The workshop content is based on the BJC curriculum, but is designed to also prepare teachers for facilitating hands-on programming labs, supporting collaboration, and creating equitable opportunities for students to learn computing.

The BJC Curriculum, In Short

BJC, The Beauty and Joy of Computing, is an AP Computer Science Principles curriculum that emphasizes the joy and complexity of creating visual computer programs and apps, balanced with critical reflection on both the potential benefits and harms of new computing technologies. The Beauty and Joy of Computing adheres to the College Board’s new AP Computer Science Principles course requirements.

BJC has a strong design and programming focus, using the visual programming language Snap! and a collaborative, exploratory approach where students work in teams to bring their own unique creations to life.

BJC is culturally situated, presenting programming and computing ideas not in isolation, but in the context of how students interact with computers in their daily lives. In our readings and discussions, we critically explore how technology has changed the world for better, and for worse, enabling students to understand the potential benefits and harms of creating new things with computing. Student readings are taken mainly from the companion book Blown to Bits, which is available for free online download.

BJC is designed to meet the requirements of the College Board AP Computer Science Principles curriculum framework. It was originally developed as a university breadth course at the University of California, Berkeley, and has been extensively revised for high school use at EDC (Education Development Center).

The newest curriculum is at bjc.edc.org.

Why choose BJC?

  • BJC teaches strong fundamental concepts of programming.
    • In BJC students use Snap!, an accessible but full-featured block-based programming language, to explore concepts ranging from loops and variables up through recursion and higher-order functions.
  • BJC focuses on collaboration.
    • In BJC, students are encouraged to work in small groups, using pair programming for projects, and collaborating online to answer each others’ questions.
  • BJC assignments foster creativity and design thinking.
    • BJC includes project-centric labs, where groups are encouraged to build and design their own games, applications, and more. See Snap! examples!
  • BJC situates computing in the real world.
    • BJC units explore how computing is used in real-world applications, from Google Search algorithms to Big Data to today’s news.
  • BJC emphasizes that computing is for everyone, and is a matter of equity.
    • Computing is a vital skill in the 21st century; everyone needs to have input into new computing innovations. BJC emphasizes equity and engages students and teachers in discussing how we can promote it.
  • BJC is well-supported.
    • BJC teachers attend face-to-face professional development programs and have access to a wealth of online resources, including a repository of shared course materials, and weekly group calls.

For more information on how BJC compares to the general CS Principles framework, please see our comparison guide.

Who is teaching BJC?

The Beauty and Joy of Computing is taught across the country, with over 600 teachers from 41 states applying to attend our teacher preparation workshops. Teachers are also using our curriculum in Canada, Ireland, Guam, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, Senegal, Cape Verde, Nepal, Austria, Italy, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Germany.

How can I be part of BJC PD? - BJC PD Summer 2020 Application

We typically offer regional 5-day face to face summer professional development workshops for teachers intending to teach BJC within the next 2 school years (with priority to those teaching sooner), however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Summer 2020 PD workshops will be held online.

Scroll up to our schedule of PDs this Summer 2020 to apply!

How much does it cost?

Regional BJC Summer PD is offered in 2020 for a non-refundable $75 registration fee.

How do I become a BJC Master Teacher?

If you are a BJC teacher, and would like to prepare to lead BJC workshops, email pd@bjc.berkeley.edu. Be sure to plan to attend our 2020 BJC “Train the Trainer” Master Teacher workshop in June 2020, and one of our 5-day BJC workshops as a Teaching Assistant (TA).


If you have questions about BJC, please email us at pd@bjc.berkeley.edu and include your name, school name, and location.