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Access the 2021 Montana Content Standards for Computer Science (Excel)

Access the 2021 Montana Content Standards for Computer Science (PDF)

Webinar: New Standards for 2021: Overview and Planning for Implementation (February 8, 2021)

Model curriculum guides, professional development, and resources will be added throughout 2021

Tech Directors:  To access a machine readable version of the official Montana Content Standards for Computer Science, please visit the IMS Global CASE Network site. Create a free login, select Montana Office of Public Instruction, and view or download the standards. The CASE version of the standards can be uploaded into student information systems, curriculum mapping programs and a variety of other uses. Learn more about the CASE Network | CASE Network FAQ

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Computer Science Professional Development for Montana Educators: 

Elementary Educators (K-5): 

  • Bring Computer Science to Your K-5 Classroom- Get trained in Code.org's Computer Science Fundamentals (CSF)! Evening and full day workshops available for no costs in March, April and May 2021. Workshops are 6 hour, 6 renewal unit trainings covering the basics of Code.org's K-5 CS Fundamentals curriculum. Learn More and Register here. 

  • Continue Computer Science in Your K-5 Classroom- Level up your skills with code.org's Computer Science Fundamentals (CSP) Deep Dive Workshop. Evening and full day workshops available for no costs in March, April and May 2021. Workshops are 6 hour, 6 renewal unit trainings designed for educators who have started teaching CSF and want to dive deeper. Learn More and Register here.

Middle and High School Educators

  • Summer College CS Courses 2021: UM, SKC, Montana Tech and MSU have partnered again this summer to offer four Computer Science courses to High School Educators. A stipend is awarded for attending. Some of the PD may be offered online and if offered in person, travel expenses will be covered. Check out their flyer to learn more! Register here
  • Code.org Professional Learning Program: Applications are now open for the Professional Learning Program for middle and high school educators! If you’re interested in teaching computer science for the 2021-2022 academic year, this is the time to explore CS curriculum and collaborate with educators of all experience levels to develop lesson plans and teaching strategies. What is the Professional Learning Program? Hosted by highly trained facilitators, Code.org professional development workshops will prepare you to confidently bring CS to your students as well as connect with an online and in-person community of peers. You do not need previous experience teaching CS and most workshops have scholarship funding available. Program Flyer!  
  • CS Discoveries Workshops (6-10) - Learn More and Register here
    June 21-25, 2021 - Virtual
    August 9-13, 2021 - Virtual
  • CS Principles Workshops (9-12) - Learn More and Register here
    June 21- 25, 2021- Virtual
    August 9-13, 2021- Virtual 
  • Additional workshops are hosted throughout the year and across the country. Learn more about upcoming workshops near you! 

Workshops above may be taken to earn the 80 hours of professional development required to apply for a Class 4, Computer Coding license

Scholarships are available for Montana teacher participation.

Additional Professional Learning Across the Country and Online:

Check the OPI Professional Learning Opportunities Portal for a list of all workshops and conferences and subscribe to the Business and Marketing weekly newsletter to stay updated on a variety of professional development opportunities. 

An individual may teach Computer Science courses at the secondary level via:

*Please refer to the OPI Course Codes for a list of courses that can be taught by the various endorsements above. Computer Science related courses are listed under the 010-Computer and Information Sciences and 011-Communications and Audio/Visual Technology sections. (p. 16-18, Elementary and Middle School;  p. 43-48, High School)

**Learn more about the process of earning your Class 4 Computer Coding endorsement in this Class 4 Computer Coding Guidance Document. Possible Professional Development opportunities leading to your 80 hours required can be found on the Professional Learning Opportunities tab

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Standards Revision Information

New Standards Adopted November 5, 2020.  Effective date is July 1, 2021. 

Adoption Timeline and Meetings

The Board of Public Education (BPE) approved the Computer Science Standards at their November 5, 2020 meeting. Please check the BPE website for further details.  The implementation date for the new standards is July 1, 2021.

10-55-135

(Board of Public Education) Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Adoption - K-12 Computer Science Content Standards.

Standards Revision

Revision Information

2017 - 2027 COMPLETE REVISION SCHEDULE - This schedule may change based on resource availability or other factors.

  • To learn about the process and how to get involved, take the Montana Content Standards 101 course on the Teacher Learning Hub (1 renewal unit)

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