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Code/Interactive Partners with Code.org To Expand Teacher Training in Computer Science

June 8, 2016 by

 

New York, NY– June 8, 2016– Code/Interactive (C/I), a national computer science education non-profit based in New York City, has partnered with Code.org as the official Professional Learning Partner for New York and Jersey to broaden access to computer science education in K-12 schools by providing teachers with professional development training.

 

“We’ve trained and coached New York City teachers from underserved communities in computer science for the past four years. This is what we do,” said Jen Noborikawa, Program Manager from Code/Interactive. “We’re thrilled to partner with Code.org because it accelerates our impact as we eagerly support even more teachers and schools in the wider region.”

 

Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.

 

“We are proud to partner with Code/Interactive to expand access to computer science in New York and New Jersey at a time when the majority of K-12 schools still don’t offer it,” says Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. “By offering Code.org Professional Learning Programs, C/I will give teachers the tools and support they need to introduce foundational 21st-century knowledge into their classrooms and put all students on a path to success in today’s high-tech world.”

 

In parallel with Code.org’s mission and the CS for All initiative by the White House and CSNYC in New York City, Code/Interactive is preparing and inspiring the next generation of technology leaders from all backgrounds by ensuring that all students have access to an exceptional computer science education. By the year 2020, there will be an estimated shortage of 1 million skilled technology workers. Lack of access to computer science education starts in schools, where just 1 in 4 schools teach computer programming. This lack of access is further expressed along lines of income, ethnicity, and gender. Code/Interactive aims to bridge the technology gap by providing computer science education, innovative tech opportunities and empowering entrepreneurial experiences for students to have the skills, knowledge, and mindsets to attain high paying technology jobs and break the cycle of poverty.

 

To launch this partnership, Code.org and Code/Interactive will train 23 teachers from New York and New Jersey in the brand new course, AP Computer Science Principles. This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.  

 

Unlike many other AP exams, the culminating AP Computer Science Principles exam includes two Performance Tasks— Create and Explore. In Create, a student or collaborative pair of students will iteratively design, implement, and test their own program that either solves a problem or is interesting to them. In Explore, students work independently to investigate a computational innovation that greatly impacts society and involves data, submitting a computational artifact and written response.

 

In future years, Code/Interactive will train even more teachers in the AP Computer Science Principles curriculum while adding Code.org’s soon to be released course, CS Discoveries to its professional development offerings (which already includes Exploring Computer Science and Creative Web Development and Programming). 

 

To learn more about this partnership, contact Code/Interactive Program Manager Jen Noborikawa at [email protected]

 

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About Code/Interactive:

Code/Interactive (C/I) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to inspire the next generation of diverse technology leaders from low-income and underrepresented communities. Our mechanism for implementing this mission is to provide students, ages 13-18, with thematic programming in computer science, entrepreneurship, and career/college readiness. Our subjects enhance technical and social skills and are linchpins in pursuing high-paying technology jobs in the 21st-century 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. For more information, visit www.weare.ci.

 

About Code.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 www.Code.org.

 

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