We're so excited to share news on the amazing momentum computer science education has seen over the last four months.
Throughout the United States, education leaders and policymakers are joining forces to bring computer science classes to our schools. Since January, 20 states from Alabama to Wyoming have passed laws and funded $49 million to expand access to and diversity in K-12 computer science.
Every student in every K-12 school deserves an opportunity to learn computer science. This gives students a chance to start on a pathway toward the highest-paying tech jobs; and because technology will impact every sector, computer science is foundational for any 21st-century career. The teacher-led movement for computer science now boasts 850,000 teachers, and education leaders and policymakers are responding to this grassroots support.
These 20 states passed new laws or initiatives to support K-12 computer science (CS) since January of this year:
Meanwhile, at the federal level, new grant guidelines prioritize funding for computer science in schools, and Congress’ 2018 federal budget has dedicated $50 million per year for STEM and computer science.
The momentum behind computer science in schools has never been stronger. In just five years, 43 states have taken steps to support this movement. Internationally, 25 countries have announced national plans.
Thank you to the incredible partners in the Code.org Advocacy Coalition, our local champions, and members of the computer science community helping to drive these reforms within their states. None of this work would be possible without all of these individuals and organizations working together toward the vision of expanding access to computer science.
Our children owe a debt of gratitude to every teacher, volunteer, business leader, and policymaker who has advocated or supported the simple idea that every student in every school deserves the opportunity to learn computer science. Thanks to you, when history looks back on this decade, the push to add computer science to schools will be seen as one of the fastest-spreading movements in all education.
Thank you for helping create a better future for our children,
President, Code.org Advocacy Coalition
The Maine Department of Education, Maine State Library, and Project Login are partnering to host Computer Science Day this summer. The event will be open to the public, applications for presentations are now being accepted.
Date: Monday, August 13th from 9am – 4pm
Location: Maine State House (Hall of Flags), Maine State Library (Atrium), and Various Committee Rooms in the Maine State House
Attendees: Open to the public
Activities: Attendees can join presentations, hear from panelists from multiple industries, and visit booths with hands-on learning opportunities
Topics that will be explored include: What is Computer Science? What is it not? Where do we see it both in Maine and in our everyday lives? What is the skill set our students need to be successful in an evolving workforce that is coming to rely more and more on Computer Science? How can we foster more partnerships, collaboration, and access to resources between educators, non-profits and businesses? What resources exist to help educators integrate computer science into their teaching and learning practice?
Presenters: K-12 schools, Higher Education, Businesses with Employees Engaged in Computer Science Work, Non-Profits, Informal Learning Providers, Companies that have Computer Science Education Products, etc.
If you are interested in presenting at Computer Science Day, please submit the following application by June 4th, 2018!
Application to present: http://bit.ly/csday2018presenters
For more information or questions, contact any of the following event organizers:
Amanda Nguyen, Maine Department of Education, Digital Learning Specialist (Amanda.Nguyen@maine.gov)
Jamie Ritter, Maine State Library, Maine State Librarian, (James.Ritter@maine.gov)
Jason Judd, Educate Maine, Program Director, Project>Login (email@example.com)
Registration for RiSE summer programs is open!
Check out the Maine STEM Partnership's new website for information regarding summer programs and 2018-19 professional development and science resources!
If you have any questions regarding opportunities through the Maine STEM Partnership at the RiSE Center, please contact Marina Van der Eb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-581-4664.
Please join us for the 3D Printing Expo at the Thomas College Center for Innovation in Education!
April 27. 2018
Thomas College, Summit Room
Registration for the event is FREE!
Come learn how 3D printing and design can help engage learners at the first annual 3D Printing Expo to be held on April 27 at Thomas College. This event, sponsored by the Thomas College Center for Innovation in Education, is open to Maine teachers, technical directors, school librarians and administrators engaged in or interested in expanding the use of
3D printing and design.
Infosys Foundation’s Pathfinders Summer Institute will be taking place July 15-20, 2018 at Indiana University Bloomington. We will be offering our regular week-long summer PD alongside about 20 other CS & Maker PD programs. Details and the application can be found at InfyPathfinders.org, and you can view our Teacher Program page for more information about our PD program.
Participation in Exploring Computer Science (ECS) summer PD includes a $1,000 stipend, and travel, room, and board are all provided. All costs for those teachers accepted for ECS PD will be covered by a combination of Infosys and NSF funds, and you will not have to do any independent fundraising.
As a reminder, in order to be eligible for ECS PD, teachers must commit to teaching ECS as a full course at the high school level in 2018-19. In addition, new teachers must commit to participating in the full ECS PD experience—5 days in summer 2018, 4 quarterly ECS Online PD sessions, and 5 additional days in summer 2019. ECS teachers who are interested in this program as their second summer of PD are welcome to apply as well.
Applicants will need to submit an administrator letter of support indicating that they will teach ECS next year and participate in the full PD experience. The letter should be downloaded from the Pathfinders website (link is next to ECS description) and completed prior to starting the application process.
Here are additional options to the one Maine is running using the Code.org curriculum. Email Renee Charette (email@example.com) if you would like information on that offering.
Mobile CSP is a College Board endorsed course designed to prepare students for the AP CS Principles exam. It is based on a mobile computing theme: students learn the basics of computer science by building socially useful mobile apps using the App Inventor programming language. For the 2018-19 school year, the Mobile CSP curriculum will support app building on both the Android and iOS (iPhone) platforms. To learn more about the curriculum, visit course.mobilecsp.org.
The Mobile CSP PD is a year-long program in which teachers are organized into small (10-12 person) cohorts led by a Master Teacher. It consists of completing a PD course plus a mentored PD experience during the school year. The cohorts may meet entirely online or in regional hybrid format. The PD is offered at different levels, including a week-long (50 hours) immersion option for experienced CS teachers and a multi-week (90-100 hours) extended PD for teachers new to CS. Mobile CSP has been successfully taught by high school teachers from all areas - English, social studies, math, business, etc. If you’re new to computer science, we recommend that you select the extended PD where you will complete most of the student curriculum under guided support from a master teacher. If you’ve taught CS classes before, such as Exploring Computer Science or AP CS A, then the immersion PD will provide the additional foundation you need to teach Mobile CSP.
Registration for summer 2018 is now open! Visit www.mobile-csp.org/participate for further details, including PD locations, costs, and scholarships.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beauty and Joy of Computing
Interested in adding the Beauty and Joy of Computing to the courses offered at your school? BJC is a College Board endorsed curriculum and professional development provider for the AP Computer Science Principles course. We are excited to announce two opportunities for teachers this Summer 2018.
First, thanks to the generosity of Infosys Foundation USA, we are offering FREE BJC Computer Science Professional Development for 80 teachers at the Infosys Foundation’s USA Pathfinders Summer Institute on July 15-20, 2018 at Indiana University Bloomington. Funds from Infosys will match funds from schools, districts and individual donations to make it possible for teachers to attend at no cost. Find more information at infy.com/Pathfinders.
Second, BJC will offer regional Summer PD to public school teachers at different locations and dates around the country. The cost of the workshop is $75 and includes all materials, and ongoing support by our BJC team. Teachers who complete the requirements will be eligible for a stipend of up to $500 plus travel and lodging expenses. Apply for a regional BJC PD at http://bjc.link/BJCPDApp2018.
Find more information at http://bjc.berkeley.edu/summer-pd/.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
UTeach CS Principles
A number of fully funded, five day in-person UTeach CS Principles workshop opportunities are available to teachers this summer. Paid, on-line workshops are also scheduled. Please see our website for locations and dates: https://cs.uteach.utexas.edu/
UTeach CS Principles is an NSF-supported, and College Board endorsed, year-long high school course that addresses the seven Big Ideas and six Computational Thinking Practices specified by the College Board’s AP Computer Science Principles Curriculum Framework. It is designed for students from diverse backgrounds who are new to computing. UTeach CSP is a complete, classroom-ready curriculum that contains comprehensive teacher materials that rely on delivery models that are flexible and easy for teachers to use in a variety of high school classroom settings. The curriculum is designed to be taught using a project-based approach to engage all students, especially women and other historically underrepresented students, in the field of computer science. It prioritizes deep conceptual understanding of computer science and development of computational thinking skills rather than focusing solely on programming.
Teachers also receive year-long, on-demand implementation support by phone or email. Teachers are able to schedule virtual meetings with a teacher support specialist to discuss course questions or concerns. UTeach teacher support specialists also offer regularly scheduled, just-in-time unit webinars throughout the year. Teachers also have access to supplemental online training materials and participate in an online, moderated national community of practice where they can collaborate and share materials with other educators.
Maine is participating in GirlsGoCyberStart this year. This is a nice opportunity for your students to learn more about cybersecurity – a rapidly growing field for future employment and a great set of life skills!
The website explaining the program is available at GirlsGoCyberStart.com. Registration will begin on January 29 and end on February 16, 2018. The first 10,000 young women in high school who have registered by then, can play the game online from February 20 through February 25. No prior knowledge of cybersecurity is required. There's also no need to travel or cost to participate.
More information can be found in the media release:
Educate Maine and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance are excited to announce that applications for Code.org’s Professional Learning Program for CS Principles and CS Discoveries are now open. If you are a middle or high school teacher and have an interest in teaching either of these courses in 2018-19, please apply today!
Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is a free, intensive, year-long professional learning program for middle and high school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s CS Discoveries (middle school) or CS Principles (high school) courses. These programs are designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms.
Teachers who apply and are accepted to the program commit to:
Applications open on January 16 and close on March 30, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, visit the Professional Learning page for CS Discoveries or CS Principles.
For more information or specific questions, please contact Angela Oechslie at Educate Maine firstname.lastname@example.org or Renee Charette at MMSA email@example.com.
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