2018 Professional Development

One-Week Workshop for Teachers

This page describes the PD opportunities for all teachers outside of New York City. NYC Teachers, please visit the NYC PD Opportunities page.

PD Application Summer 2018

Apply to our Summer 2018 PD workshops at: https://bjc.link/BJCPDApp2018

2018 Informational Flyer

Where is BJC PD being offered in Summer 2018?

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 15-20, 2018 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:

Dates Locations
June 25 - 29 Colorado School of Mines / Golden, CO
June 25 - 29 El Camino College / Torrance, CA
June 25 - 29 West Charlotte High School / Charlotte, NC (FULL)
July 9 - 13 Harvey Mudd College / Claremont, CA
July 15 - 20     Pathfinders Summer Institute at Indiana University Bloomington / Bloomington, IN
July 23 - 27 Kean University / Union, NJ (FULL)
July 30 - Aug 3 University of California, Berkeley / Berkeley, CA
Aug 6 - 10 George Mason University / Fairfax, VA

New in 2018, 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. Two 5-day workshops will be offered, one in Raleigh, NC Jul 22-27 and one in Charleston, SC Jul 29-Aug 3. 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), Donors Choose, 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.

In 2018, we will offer several 5-day in-person regional workshops. To sign up for email updates when we finalize our 2018 locations, complete our interest form at https://bjc.link/pdinterest18. If you are interested in hosting a BJC workshop, or becoming a BJC Master Teacher, email pd@bjc.berkeley.edu.

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, weekly group calls, and personalized support via edX SPOCs (small, personalized online courses that provide a management system for your BJC course).

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?

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).

Please complete our 2018 PD Interest Form to receive updates. 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 2018 for a non-refundable $75 registration fee. Participating teachers may be eligible for reimbursement for reasonable expenses for travel, lodging, and meals. Participating teachers who complete all program requirements will also be eligible for a stipend of up to $500.

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, or complete our Train the Trainer workshop application at https://bjc.link/TTTApp2018. Be sure to plan to attend our 2018 BJC “Train the Trainer” Master Teacher workshop June 19-22, and one or more 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.