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ment over the sup­port from Google, but said they weren't sure how to meet the de­mand of all the mid­dle school teach­ers re­quest­ing train­ing

Fund­ing from this grant will go to­ward solv­ing that prob­lem.

“With Google's help, we can train these mid­dle school teach­ers and help them bet­ter of­fer com­puter science con­tent in their class­room,” Hol­lis said. “As a re­gional part­ner of, we will be pro­vid­ing train­ing to teach­ers in the Com­puter Science Dis­cov­er­ies course.”

The grant will also help es­tab­lish a com­mu­nity of

prac­tice in which teach­ers re­ceiv­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment in com­puter science will be able to net­work and share ideas through­out the process.

The RCU says ap­prox­i­mately 75 school dis­tricts have par­tic­i­pated in the three-year CS4MS pilot pro­gram, of­fer­ing com­puter science cour­ses and ma­te­ri­als to their teach­ers and stu­dents.

New com­puter science stan­dards will be in place for the up­com­ing aca­demic year. Af­ter this sum­mer's pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment ses­sions end, more than 800 teach­ers will have re­ceived train­ing through the pro­gram.

Ap­prox­i­mately 700 teach­ers are ex­pected to re­ceive pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment in com­puter science in the next three years.

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