Phone: 916-726-1400 ext. 6259
Degrees and Certifications:
Master's of Art in Curriculum and Instruction
Bachelor's of Science in Business Information Technology Education
Bachelor's of Art in Management of Information Systems
I currently hold three designated teaching credentials (CTE) in California, ICT (Information Communication Technology), AME (Art, Media, and Entertainment), and FAB (Finance and Business).
Fall 2020 Schedule: 1st Period: PLTW-Computer Science Essentials 2nd Period: AP Computer Science Principles 3rd Period: Prep 4th Period: PLTW-Computer Science Essentials Spring 2021 Schedule: 1st Period: Prep 2nd Period: AP Computer Science Principles 3rd Period: Computer Science Essentials 4th Period: PLTW-Cyber Security
Mr. Todd Higley
PLTW Computer Science Instructor
PLTW Computer Science Pathway Courses:
Introductory Course - CSE Computer Science Essentials
With emphasis on computational thinking and collaboration, this year-long course provides an excellent entry point for students to begin or continue the PLTW Computer Science K-12 experience. Computer Science Essentials will expose students to a diverse set of computational thinking concepts, fundamentals, and tools, allowing them to gain understanding and build confidence.
Intermediate Course - AP Computer Science Principles
Using Python® as a primary tool, students explore and become inspired by career paths that utilize computing, discover tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they’ve learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation. This course is endorsed by the College Board, giving students the opportunity to take the AP CSP exam for college credit.
Advanced or Capstone Course - Cyber Security
Cybersecurity introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Nationally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity, students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities. This course raises students’ knowledge of and commitment to ethical computing behavior. It also aims to develop students’ skills as consumers, friends, citizens, and employees who can effectively contribute to communities with a dependable cyber-infrastructure that moves and processes information safely.