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Computer Science

Computer Science

OKCompSci Professional Learning Network

Department Contacts

Karen Leonard
Director of Education Technology and Computer Science
Office of Curriculum and Instruction 
(405) 521-3364

Megan Ashbaugh
Coordinator for STEM
(405) 521-3363

The Computer Science page is a starting place for information related to the CS Education of Oklahoma students. With so many changes in education happening, it is vital to our success as educators to be professionally engaged. 

Professional Development Opportunities

EngageOK in the Cloud-K5 Computer Science Integration Session

Join educators from across the state July 15 from 10:30-12:00 for the EngageOK in the Cloud session "Computer Science Integration Across the Curriculum for K-5 Teachers". For more information about this and the other EngageOK in the Cloud sessions visit

Summer Computer Science Learning Series K-5 Integration

This summer, the OSDE will be hosting a computer science summer learning series related to integrating computer science standards into core content lessons. To learn more about this professional learning opportunity and to apply, please visit  The deadline is coming soon! Applications will be accepted through May 26!

Resources for Computer Science Teachers COVID-19

As teachers transition to distance learning, many resources are available for both digital and non-digital instruction. Teachers can access these resources at: 

OK Comp Sci Distance Learning Resources 

If you missed Friday's meeting, you can view the recording using the information below.

Running Notes from Meetings and Office Hours

March 29, 2020, Computer Science Virtual Meeting

April 8, 2020, Virtual Meeting


AP Summer Institutes for Computer Science

This summer, the AP Summer Institute being held at NSU-BA will now be 100% online! Classes will be held via Zoom.

Specific course offerings and registration can be found on NSU-BA's website.

AP CS Principles will be held June 15-18

Specific course offerings and registration can be found on NSU-BA's website.


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, more information will be shared soon regarding any summer professional development opportunities that have been previously planned. 


Programs of Excellence Computer Science Rubric

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is excited to share the new Computer Science rubric aimed at providing guidance for quality computer science education programs in schools. This rubric is part of the Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Initiative and is now accessible on the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s (OSDE) website.

This document was significantly shaped by guidance from documents such as the K-12CS Framework, produced in collaboration with and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the Standards for CS Teachers from CSTA, and the 9 Essential Elements from the OSDE. The rubric is organized into three categories: 1) Instruction and Curriculum, 2) Student Access and School Culture, and 3) Professional Learning, and is responsive to the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Computer Science.

The computer science rubric, along with the other Well-Rounded Education rubrics, is accessible on the OSDE website at For more information on the rubric as well as how to meet the goals set in the rubric, contact Karen Leonard, Director of Education Technology and Computer Science.

Professional Development Opportunities

AP Computer Science Principles Forums

Computer science teachers often feel isolated in that they are the only ones of their kind in their school or district. In order to make connections and form CS support groups, two forums are available to teachers of the AP CS Principles course. These forums are private and require proof that you are a teacher. 

Upcoming CS in K-8 #CSK8 Twitter Chats

These popular hour-long Twitter chats will continue on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM CST.

The CS-Ed Podcast

Have you had a chance to listen to The CS-Ed Podcast? If not, you should take a few minutes to listen to this new series created by Duke University. The CS-Ed Podcast is a monthly podcast that talks about teaching computer science with computer science educators who share about how they teach, their research related to CS, and something they consider awesome in the field of computer science. 

Raspberry Pi Foundation Free Courses

Whatever age group you teach, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has something for you. 

These courses and many more (a total of 14 free courses) are accessible on the Raspberry Pi homepage on FutureLearn: There is a fee to receive a completion certificate; otherwise, the courses are free.

Tynker CodeMaker Camps

Are you looking for an idea for a summer camp? Tynker CodeMaker Camps are launching all over the US this year!
The program gets you Tynker's award-winning curriculum, activities that students love, training from the American Camp Association, your own website with credit card processing ready to go, and more.

Designed for teachers, a CodeMaker camp gets you the flexibility you need.

  • Pick the weeks you want to run a camp - 3 weeks? 10? Whatever works for you.
  • Choose your own schedule - mornings, afternoons, or all day.
  • Select from 17 available courses - Game Design, Drone Coding, Python &            more.
  • Set your own fees - whatever is appropriate for your school.
  • Decide on class size - 5 students or 25.

Learn to run your own camp business with help from Tynker, all while doing what you have been trained to do. Click here to learn more today! No prior coding experience necessary.

Webinars is a free professional learning network where educators can learn and share innovative approaches to teaching and learning. One feature it provides its members is free access to numerous educational webinars each month. These webinars cover a wide range of topics. Some of the most recent webinar topics include Cybersecurity, Universal Design for Learning, Bridging the Gap between Science and Coding. In addition to their upcoming webinars, they provide access to past webinars through their edWebinar Archives.

Tulsa Area Teachers Only

CyberCity Workshops

CyberCity Teacher Workshops will be conducted to stimulate and enhance curricular and extra-curricular activities for elementary, middle schools and high schools that introduce students to cyber and cybersecurity topics, careers and skills through grade-appropriate standards-based activities. Workshop activities will include hands-on labs, cooperative games and competitions, and content lessons in a variety of classroom settings.

Four weeklong (five-day) workshops will be conducted in June and July 2020 – two for middle school teachers and two for elementary school teachers. Enrollment in each workshop will be capped at 36 teachers. Groups of two to four teachers from Tulsa-area schools are encouraged to participate in a workshop to create critical mass, foster collaborative efforts during the academic year and infuse cyber curricula and activities in their schools. Each teacher will receive a $600 stipend for participating in a summer workshop, a Raspberry Pi with a keyboard and mouse, flash drive with instructional materials, lockbox kit with hasp and locks and Cracking Codes with Python: An Introduction to Building and Breaking Ciphers by Al Sweigart, along with other instructional materials.

For more information, please contact Professor Kimberly Adams or Dr. Sujeet Shenoi

Awards and Prizes

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.  Each year, awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states.

Award Details

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor a K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teacher can receive in the nation. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983. 

Awards are given to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group.

The award recognizes those teachers who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. 

Nominations will be accepted until October 26, 2020. For more information please visit the PAEMST website.

Professional Organizations

Computer Science Teacher Association

The Oklahoma Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA-OK) invites you to network with other teachers, learn more about computer science and how it can connect with other subject areas, and participate in free professional learning opportunities.

Whether or not you are currently teaching Computer Science, CSTA-OK highlights opportunities for bringing computer science to any curriculum you are teaching (or for starting an after-school program.) This group is open to educators of PreK-20, administrators, and organizations interested in learning more about Computer Science and Computer Science Education.

Link to join in Virtually

NEW START TIME: The meeting will start with networking at 4:30 pm, and the official business will start at 5:00 pm. Please come when you can!

Upcoming Meetings:

April 21

May 19

Email with any questions.

Computer Science Events Across Oklahoma





Advanced Placement Computer Science Across Oklahoma

Schools currently offering the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science courses (note: this list does not include Career Tech schools):

Blue markers denote schools offering AP Computer Science A. Purple markers denote schools offering AP Computer Science Principles.



Oklahoma Academic Standards for Computer Science- updated 2018 
OAS-CS Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Education (read March 6 notice here). Download the standards at
ELEVATE: Coding Cracks Open Job Opportunities – Take a peek into Dr. Vic Rook’s computer science classroom and hear about how critical CS education is for preparing Oklahoma students for their future. 

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Last updated on May 21, 2020