The College Board has endorsed innovative curriculum and professional development delivered by expert education organizations to prepare teachers who are either experienced or new to computer science to teach the AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) course.
Adopt an out-of-the-box solution to teaching AP CSP as you plan to implement this course at your school.
Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)
BJC’s AP CSP curriculum, developed at the University of California, Berkeley, emphasizes the joy of creating complex and beautiful computer programs and critical reflection on the potential benefits and harms of new computing technologies. The BJC course on CSP uses the visual block-based programming language Snap! and has an exploratory, hands-on approach where students collaborate in pairs and teams to bring their own unique creations to life.
Computer Science (CS) Matters
The CS Matters CSP course incorporates a focus on active, inquiry-based learning. The overarching theme of the course is data: the nature and variety of data on the Internet; algorithmic methods for processing and managing data; and ways in which data can be analyzed, visualized, and interpreted to increase human understanding and solve challenging real-world problems. The CS Matters course includes six units that fully cover the CSP computational practices and Big Ideas, programming exercises in Python® woven throughout the course, and several practice tasks to prepare students for the in-course assessments.
Mobile Computer Science Principles (Mobile CSP)
Mobile Computer Science Principles (Mobile CSP) provides a broad and rigorous introduction to computer science based on MIT's App Inventor for Android, a visual mobile programming language. Students build socially useful mobile apps and work through activities to improve their writing, communication, collaboration, and creativity skills. Teachers have access to a complete set of student lessons, detailed lesson plans, assessment materials, and a dashboard for tracking student progress.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) CSP offering is designed to connect learning across disciplines and industries in which fundamental computational problems are emerging. Incorporating multiple platforms and programming languages, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths, and introduce professional tools – like Python® and GitHub – that foster creativity and collaboration. Teachers receive a 2-week core training. After completion, they receive access to their Professional Learning Community (PLC), course-specific student and classroom instructional resources, and Ongoing Training resources all through the myPLTW Learning Management System (LMS).
UTeach CS Principles
Developed by the UTeach Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, UTeach CS Principles is a project-based curriculum, designed to encourage computational thinking and student engagement. The course is intended to be implemented by teachers with a variety of content backgrounds and levels of expertise through intensive scaffolding and ongoing support throughout the school year. UTeach offers a comprehensive, classroom-ready curriculum, including lesson plans, AP style test banks, pacing guides, and more. Scratch and Processing are the primary programming languages.