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 Code.org, 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.