Hi Dani, thank you for taking the time to respond to my concerns. I completely understand the course is an introductory one designed to attract and expose students who are either intimidated by CS or even never been exposed. However, my main point was not the content for students, but rather the approach for teachers.
The PD makes the assumption that CS teachers do not utilize a myriad of basic pedagogical concepts such as the 3R's (Rigor, Relevance & Relationships), the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate), etc. Therefore, too much time is spent on 'preaching to the choir'. Its not the content, but rather the delivery and follow through. As an African American male, I quite thoroughly enjoyed going through the lessons and found them to be very thoughtful, engaging, and encompassing of all cultures and genders (such as the corn rows lesson). I would recommend the material for any demographic group.
But I struggle to see how a 6-8 hour online follow up that reinforces what was already presented in the face to face sessions is beneficial. In the future, Since all of the teachers bring laptops or tablets to the face to face sessions, then it would be more efficient to do is either incorporate the online session during face to face or follow up at the end of each day.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. It was a pleasant surprise. I honestly thought no one was listening.