2019 Professional Development

One-Week Workshop for Teachers

PD Application Summer 2019

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 500 teachers throughout the U.S., reaching more than 5,000 students. See below for BJC PD locations in 2019, and to apply. If you are interested, but not ready to apply, please complete our BJC PD interest form.

2019 Informational Flyer

Where is BJC PD being offered in Summer 2019?

Thanks to the generosity of Infosys Foundation USA, BJC is offering FREE BJC Computer Science Professional Development for 80 teachers at the Pathfinders Summer Institute on July 14-19, 2019 at Indiana University Bloomington. Funds from Infosys will match funds from schools, districts, and individual donations to make it possible for teachers to attend at no cost. Tuition, travel, boarding and lodging will be provided. Find more information and access the application at infy.com/Pathfinders.

We also plan workshops in the following locations:

Date Partner Location Registration
June 24 - 28 University of North Carolina, Charlotte / Charlotte, NC BJC App
July 8 - 12 University of North Texas / Denton, TX (near Dallas) BJC App
July 8 - 12 El Camino College / Torrance, CA BJC App
July 8 - 12 A+ College Ready Decatur High School / Decatur, AL Alabama Registration
July 14 - 19 Pathfinders Infosys Indiana University Bloomington / Bloomington, IN
  1. BJC App
  2. Pathfinders Registration
July 15 - 19 Kean University / Union, NJ (near NYC) BJC App
July 22 - 26 Harvey Mudd College / Claremont, CA BJC App
July 22 - 26 Pump-CS Marquette University / Milwaukee, WI BJC App
July 22 - 26 NMSI NMSI Building / Dallas, TX Closed - NMSI Registration
Email pd@bjc.berkeley.edu for more info.
July 29 - Aug 2 National Louis University / Chicago, IL BJC App
July 29 - Aug 2 Northern Kentucky University / Highland Heights, KY BJC App
July 29 - Aug 2 DCIU Building / Morton, PA PA teachers only
PA Registration
Aug 5 - 9 University of California, Berkeley / Berkeley, CA (near San Francisco) BJC App
Aug 5 - 9 George Mason University / Fairfax, VA BJC App
Aug 5 - 9 Olympia Education Building / Olympia, WA (near Seattle) BJC App
Aug 5 - 9 Seminole High School / Seminole, FL (near Tampa) BJC App

NC and SC teachers ONLY: Continuing in 2019, NC State University and The Citadel are partnering to offer PD on integrated project-based lessons that integrate computational thinking, BJC-style, into STEM courses for middle and high school. One large 5-day workshop will be offered in Charleston, SC June 24-28. For more information, please email us at pd@bjc.berkeley.edu.

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 250 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 2019 Application

We 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).

There are three steps to apply:

  1. Follow the instructions at https://bjc.link/Admin19 to prepare an Administrator Support Letter that you can upload/send.

  2. Complete the BJC PD Summer 2019 Application at https://bjc.link/PD2019App. Note that this form requires you to upload your resume and admin support letter. If you have problems with this form, please complete our alternate application form at http://bjc.link/PD2019App-NoUpload and email your resume and support letter to pd@bjc.berkeley.edu.

  3. Pay the non-refundable $75 BJC PD registration fee at https://bjc.link/reg19.

If you are interested in hosting a BJC PD workshop, email pd@bjc.berkeley.edu.

To receive updates (but not apply), leave your name with us on our 2019 PD Interest Form. Most of our dates and locations are set, but we welcome you to email us if you would like to host a BJC PD workshop, email pd@bjc.berkeley.edu.

How much does it cost?

Regional BJC Summer PD is offered in 2019 for a non-refundable $75 registration fee. Participating teachers may be eligible for reimbursement for reasonable expenses for travel, lodging, and meals.

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 2019 BJC “Train the Trainer” Master Teacher workshop June 22-23, and one of our 5-day in-person 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.