RCU nets $35k Google grant for CS4MS train­ing

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Mis­sis­sippi State Univer­sity's Re­search and Cur­ricu­lum Unit (RCU) was re­cently on the re­ceiv­ing end of a $35,000 grant from Google, which will fund train­ing for an ad­di­tional 70 com­puter sci­ence teach­ers this sum­mer.

As part of the Mis­sis­sippi De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion's Com­puter Sci­ence for Mis­sis­sippi (CS4MS) ini­tia­tive es­tab­lish­ing a pipe­line of com­puter sci­ence cur­ricu­lum and in­struc­tors to all schools by 2024, the RCU was pre­vi­ously set to pro­vide pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment to two co­horts — about 60 teach­ers — this sum­mer through a part­ner­ship with Code.Org.

The re­cently-awarded Google Grant for Ed­u­ca­tors will al­low the RCU to train ad­di­tional co­horts of mid­dle school teach­ers ahead of the 2018-2019 aca­demic year.

Google's yearly grant pro­gram pro­vides lo­cal­ized pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment to com­puter sci­ence ed­u­ca­tors. Since 2008, more than 40,000 teach­ers across the world have par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram and, in turn, have im­pacted more than 1 mil­lion stu­dents.

Shelly Hol­lis, the RCU project man­ager lead­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion's CS4MS ef­forts, ex­pressed ex­cite-

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