For Teachers

At HER Academy, we believe the best teachers are subject-matter experts, so that’s what we prepare you to be.

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At HER Academy, we believe the best teachers are subject-matter experts, so that's what we prepare you to be.

Join our TEAM

We’re rebuilding the technology pipeline from the ground up, instilling leadership skills such as problem-solving, risk-taking, and collaboration. You’re the key.

HER Academy’s Teachers Empower Agile Minds (TEAM) Initiative equips teachers from all disciplinary backgrounds to incorporate project-based social and emotional learning into their classrooms.

Teacher Playground workshop days are also available for teachers who are interested in incorporating computer science as an interdisciplinary element in English, History, Art, Math, Science, Physical Education, and other classes.

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Train to teach computer science or to incorporate computer science concepts and skills into other disciplines along with project-based social and emotional learning. No computer science experience required.

Elementary Teachers

Fundamentals

  • Session 1 meets October 23 and 30, 2021, 9am to 3pm

Teacher Playground (Elementary)

These half-day exploration sessions allow teachers to dive deep into new programs, platforms, and topics in the company of on-site coaches and peers. Dates TBA.

  • Advanced block-based coding
  • App development
  • The art of robotics
  • Scrappy circuits
  • Lesson plan workshop

Middle School Teachers

Fundamentals

This course covers teaching leadership skills such as problem-solving, risk-taking, and collaboration, along with web design; block- and text-based coding; robotics; principles of accessibility; unconscious bias; user experience; and how to build a simple web-based app.

  • Session 5 meets 10/2, 10/3, and 10/16, 9am-3pm

Seeking CEUs or graduate credit? For CEUs, just let the instructor know. There is no additional cost for CEUs. For graduate credit, this course is listed as EDT 509 through Cleveland State University. Teachers seeking graduate credit for their professional development may earn 4 graduate credit hours through Cleveland State University. Register through HER Academy and let us know you’re interested in also registering to receive graduate credit. We will send your information to CSU, and they will contact you to arrange direct payment for the credit hours in the amount of $576 ($144/credit hour).

Teacher Playground (Middle School)

These half-day exploration sessions allow teachers to dive deep into new programs, platforms, and topics in the company of on-site coaches and peers. Workshop days are for integrating computer science into existing classes in any subject. Dates TBA

  • Workshop
  • Web app design
  • Web app development

Scholarship Opportunity

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Thanks to a Community Action Grant from Facebook’s New Albany Data Center, teachers in Franklin and Licking counties in Ohio can apply for scholarships to take HER Academy’s 2021 TEAM Trainings at no cost to their school district.
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How our Middle School TEAM training works

Our comprehensive three-part training empowers any teacher to become a computer scientist and to teach and adapt HER Academy’s computer science curriculum to their students’ needs. When you get in the classroom, you quickly become the expert on your students. We equip you with the confidence, subject-matter expertise, and ongoing community of support to meet those students where they’re at and give them what they need.

On your own

Before each of the three live cohort trainings, you will

  • Watch 5-8 video lectures (transcripts available).
  • Complete exercises.
  • Meet virtually one-on-one with your instructor to address individual questions and prep a short lesson for other teachers in your training cohort.

With your cohort

During each of the three live cohort trainings, you will

  • Discuss content and pedagogy with your instructors and peers.
  • Engage in hands-on workshops to reinforce technical skills and knowledge.
  • Teach a short lesson from the curriculum to your peers to build confidence in subject-matter expertise.

“Live” trainings may be virtual, in-person, or hybrid as we navigate the global COVID-19 public health crisis.

In the classroom

During the school year, you’ll continue to

  • Access HER Academy instructor support for your first year of teaching the curriculum via email, phone, and weekly virtual office hours.
  • Share your successes and challenges with your peer group through our private Slack channel for HER Academy teachers.