Code/Interactive a Regional Partner of Code.org, Celebrates the $200 Million Public Funding Initiative Announced by The White HouseSeptember 25, 2017
For Immediate Release. Contact Zuzanna Kobrzynski at 646.460.5308 for more information.
New York, NY– September 25, 2017 —Code/Interactive (C/I), computer science education nonprofit and Code.org’s official Regional Partner for New York State celebrates the $200 million per year commitment to computer science education announced by the White House.
The initiative is a tremendous advancement in broadening access to computer science education in K-12 schools by committing $200 million per year computer science education. Unlike similar proposals in previous years, today’s action delivers funding to schools, immediately. This translates into more teachers having access to computer science education training. By 2020, there will be over 1 million tech related jobs in the United States, yet by some estimates 60% of all K-12 schools do not offer the subject. To date over 1500 teachers in New York received training in computer science education by Code/Interactive and Code.org.
“This public funding initiative will help ensure that even more students will learn computer science, a skill set that is increasingly important to access career opportunities. As Code.org’s Regional Partner, Code/Interactive is building computer science education programs throughout New York State. We are ready to guide districts on building K-12 plans and training more educators,” said Tom O’Connell, Code/Interactive’s Interim Executive Director.
Code/Interactive has trained hundreds of teachers in New York State by contracting with the NYC Department of Education’s CSforAll Initiative and several regional BOCES Education Centers that have wide reach in the state.
As the New York Regional Partner with Code.org, Code/Interactive trains teachers in grades 7-9 in Computer Science Discoveries, an introductory level course, and teachers in grades 9-12 in AP Computer Science Principles. Code.org built an accessible curriculum that supports new-to-CS teachers with detailed lesson plans, assessments, tracking tools, and teaching tips. CS Discoveries can be taught as a half or full-year course and has already been adopted in hundreds of classrooms across the country. Code.org’s AP Computer Science Principles course is endorsed by the College Board and students can earn college credit with a mix of projects and an exam at the end of the year.
Code/Interactive provides training for additional courses that serve grades K-12, providing a solution for districts that require training for all teachers. Consulting with partners, Code/Interactive identifies the best-fit computer science courses that align with their school’s vision and creates a plan for implementation and/or expansion. Educators then receive training in workshops that prepare educators to teach computer science introductory topics, semester or year-long courses, or advanced topics so that teachers are able to implement computer science courses independently.
In this upcoming 2017-2018 school year, Code/Interactive will support 600 teachers across 12+ states, reaching over 21,000 students. The nonprofit is actively seeking district partners to help expand computer science education, especially in New York State.
Code/Interactive (C/I) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that trains educators and builds inclusive computer science program. We envisions a future where all students have access to computer science education. Computer science is enhances computational thinking skills to help students succeed in college and career in a rapidly changing economy. With said jobs predicted to number over a million by 2020, our program not only gives students a chance to improve their economic mobility and health, but that of their communities as well. In the 2016-2017 school year, Code/Interactive trained over 200 teachers from 7 states, fostering the computer science education of over 5,000 K-12 students. In the 2017-2018 school year, C/I will support 600 teachers across 12+ states, reaching over 21,000 students. For more information, visit www.codeinteractive.org.
Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Code.org believes computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra. For more information, visit https://www.code.org.Tags: Code.org, coding, computer science, CSforAll, STEAM, STEM, teacher training, teachers, White House