Volunteering at CS in Schools

Please click here to apply to be a volunteer in 2020.

We’re looking for volunteers who can visit a classroom for two hours per week for one or two terms to work with Year 7 teachers, beginning February 2020. Please note that you must be attend a pre-term weekend workshop, and that travel to and from the school takes additional time.

Volunteering Overview

CS in Schools is volunteer-based programme. Volunteers are computing professionals who want to give back by spending time in a secondary school classroom helping teachers become confident and competent at teaching coding and computational thinking.

Before volunteers begin their volunteer time in the classroom, volunteers are required to:

  1. Submit an application and be selected into the CS in Schools programme
  2. Complete your state’s working with children check. For Victorians: Working with Children (Victoria) check
  3. Spend at least half of one day in one or more classrooms in a secondary school, observing teachers of any discipline teaching students (CS in Schools will help with placement where needed)
  4. Attend a two day training programme at RMIT University, learning the basics of being part of a secondary school classroom. Workshops are not yet scheduled for 2020, but it’s likely there’ll be one in early November and another in late January; you only need to attend one workshop
  5. Meet their partner teacher at the workshop or at school

Volunteer Time Commitments

  • At least half of one day shadowing teachers in a school observing teachers of any discipline teaching students (CS in Schools will help with placement where needed)
  • Two-day workshop at RMIT University
  • Meeting the volunteer’s partner teacher prior to Term 1 commencing
  • Approximately 20 or 40 hours supporting teachers in the classroom (2 hours per week for 10 weeks, ideally for two terms. One term is possible). Travel to and from school requires additional time
  • One hour debrief meeting at the end of the first term of volunteering

Volunteer training workshop

Volunteers must participate in a two-day workshop.

Day one of the workshop aims to equip volunteers with the basics, including learning about student safety, discussing classroom best practices, and understanding basic classroom scenarios.

Day two is primarily composed of a short practice presentation session, where each volunteer delivers a short talk to a small group and receives group and one-on-one feedback from an expert. Day two also includes coaching on presentation skills and a discussion of best practices for working with schools and teachers.