Focus Area

Computer Science & STEM

Resources, professional learning, and support for fostering robust computer science and STEM programs and knowledgeable educators.

Building and supporting CS & STEM educators and innovative programs

Through our partnerships and connections to computer science (CS) educators across the state, we strive to make integrating CS and STEM learning and achieving standards-based compliance an empowering experience for all educators and school districts.

The Illinois State Board of Education defines computer science as the study of computers and algorithms, including their principles, hardware and software designs, implementation, and impact on society. Computer science does not include the study of everyday uses of computers and computer applications, such as keyboarding or accessing the internet. Notably, this is different from computer literacy, “one’s knowledge of and ability to use computers and related technologies efficiently and effectively. More specifically, [it] includes knowing what constitutes a computer, the uses and applications for computers, and the impact of computers on society.”

Upcoming Events

Computer Science & STEM Events

AI for Educators Book Study (Section 1)

| Free

Let’s explore the potential challenges and opportunities of AI in the classroom while reading and discussing Matt Miller’s newest book, “AI for Educators”. This contemporary look at the state of AI offers educators a peak into AI’s progress up to this point, the ethics of integrating AI into education, and strategies for preparing every classroom for the continued evolution of AI-powered edtech.

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Edcamp Illinois Coaches

| Free

Join us at Edcamp Illinois Coaches, a participant-driven professional development event where you can collaborate and learn from your peers. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and make meaningful connections with fellow coaches!

Nicole Zumpano
Nicole Zumpano
Director of Instructional Technology Coaching, Learning Technology Center CS Discoveries Summer Workshop – St. Louis, Missouri

| $1200

Come discover the many ways CS Discoveries can help your students grow as CS learners during this year’s multi-day summer cohort!

Michelle Johnson
Michelle Johnson
Technology Coordinator, Technology Coordinator Indian Prairie CUSD 204
Computer Science Professional Learning Regional Partnership

Through our partnership, Illinois educators can obtain high-quality CS professional development and curricular resources – often for little-to-no cost. You can also develop the expertise needed make CS learning accessible at any grade level using their ever-growing library of projects and teaching tools.

More than two million teachers have brought CS learning to their classroom through Learn more about how can help you and your district grow CS teaching capacity starting today.