You must be affiliated with a research institution, university and/or an educational nonprofit such as a professional development organization, school district or a local office of education.
Google believes that the K-12 CS Framework, the CSTA CS Standards, and the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (CSP) Framework provide the fundamental concepts of Computer Science and are key to engaging a more diverse audience of students in computer science. The funding criteria for 2017 are:
- professional development content must map to the K-12 CS Framework, the CSTA CS Standards, OR the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (CSP) Framework
- a plan for year-round community of practice (COP) work that supports ongoing PD and advocacy for computer science
- the use of Google products for the development of online courses is strongly encouraged
- enrollment in online courses cannot be capped
Institutions in the US may receive support of up to $35,000 (USD) each. A MINIMUM of 10% of your funding must be allocated to communities of practice work.
The 2017-2018 funding cycle is closed. Please check back in December 2017 for the 2018-2019 application.
The Application Process
Application timelines vary depending on your region.
Research institutions, universities, and educational nonprofits such as professional development organizations, school districts, or local offices of education propose PD opportunities for their local school teachers.Start Application
Reviewing and Awarding
The CS4HS team reviews applications and determines all awards. Funding is awarded to applications that demonstrate a sound pedagogical approach to CS and a foundation of an ongoing community of practice that supports ongoing innovation and shared learning.
Funded applicants deliver professional development in their local communities throughout the school year.
Tips for a Successful Application
Here are some tips and tricks for your CS4HS application. We’ve also provided an Application Companion to help guide your submission. Visit our YouTube channel to learn in more detail from successful applicants and programs.
When crafting your application, make sure your professional development opportunity:
- contains computer science content.
- addresses how to improve confidence and competence in teaching computer science.
- creates new materials that can be brought directly back to the classroom or used elsewhere by anyone (open source).
- has regional reach with the potential to scale nationally/internationally.
- provides a hands-on experience and includes activities for participants that are interactive and allows them to manipulate the subject themselves.
- addresses how you will develop and/or support a Community of Practice.
- demonstrates a clear breakdown of how the funding will be used throughout the program.
“With generous support from Google through the CS4HS program, we have been able to upskill in excess of 300 primary school teachers and pre-service teachers and 50 secondary teachers from across the south-east Queensland region. The change in the confidence and preparedness to rollout the new Digital Technologies curriculum has been dramatic.”
“After the [CS4HS workshop] I'm becoming a 'Computer Science teacher' and I will grow every year. So, more of this CS4HS please.”
“Google's involvement in CS4HS in NZ has been a massive benefit to the country, and every teacher I have spoken too has been extremely grateful for the professional development made possible by Google's funding, due to the lack of other resources in the country.”
“The [CS4HS workshop] provides a platform for the teachers to share and learn from each other. Ultimately, motivate interest in Computer Science in K-12 Environment, to make the students comprehend the principles of computers and sophisticated thinking of solve problems, fostering students computational thinking, to develop their problem-solving methods and self-access to knowledge.”
“The [CS4HS workshop] won huge popularity with the participants as it could better meet the needs of their day-to-day teaching practice in terms of content and form. The goal is to achieve the idea of "Computer Science For All", which requires the teachers to spread the knowledge and skills they acquired in the program to their students as a whole.”
“This [CS4HS workshop] has greatly promoted the popularization of computer education, has pushed the development of the Educational Technology Education forward, and has helped to foster a great amount of IT talents in China.”
“Our initial CS4HS grants were instrumental in gathering critical mass to form an operational CSTA chapter in Wisconsin. Furthermore, it laid the groundwork for a network of CS teachers around the state to begin sharing resources, advocating for state-level change in the capitol, and advising us at the university level.”
“Over the last four years, we have seen tremendous progress in computer science education and advocacy in New Jersey. I don't think we would have come nearly as far if it weren't for Google's support of CS4HS and the relationships and discussions initiated at the workshops. Thank you.”
“The response to CS professional development opportunities from Texas teachers has been outstanding. If you provide teachers with useful, high quality training and support teachers financially to attend, they will gladly step up to the plate to learn these new skills. Thanks to Google for helping The University of Texas at Austin to create this support network and build capacity to provide CS education to every Texas student.”