Back to school with CS ED

August 11th, 2016

Thousands of students across Indiana will have access to computer science (CS) courses thanks to Nextech, Code.org and 24 school corporations. The effort is part of our vision to bring computer science education to all Indiana K-12 classrooms and help students develop skills that will prepare them for success, regardless of their career path.

This year, 70 teachers from 34 Indiana schools will be trained to share CS curriculum and resources with students. The yearlong program blends in-person workshops and online components to give educators up to 94 hours of professional development. Our efforts are being partially funded by a grant from the Commission for Higher Education of the State of Indiana.

We are once again partnering with Code.org to deliver the world-class CS curriculum and professional development to Indiana schools. Code.org—a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to CS—works with 100 school districts in the U.S. to incorporate CS curriculum and 35,000 educators to teach CS across grades K-12.

During the 2015-16 pilot school year, we trained 20 educators from 11 schools to teach Exploring Computer Science, an introduction to foundational CS concepts for high school students. We expanded our offerings this year to include the new AP Computer Science Principles course for high school students and two middle school courses, Computer Science in Algebra and Computer Science in Science.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Nextech and their service to IPS teachers, students and families. Nextech provides professional development for our teachers, Hour of Code for our elementary students and a unique employment and learning program called Catapult for high school students. Our partnership is bringing computer science and coding to thousands of IPS students,” said Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee, Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools. “Together, we are creating innovative opportunities for the young people we serve and connecting them to the jobs of the future.”

In addition to six IPS schools, these school districts across Indiana will also offer CS courses this year:
-Beech Grove Community School Corporation
-Carmel Clay Schools
-Carroll Consolidated Schools
-Cathedral High School
-Christel House Academy
-Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation
-Diocese of Gary
-Gary Middle College
-Griffith Public Schools
-Hamilton Southeastern Schools
-Monroe County Community School Corporation
-MSD of Wabash County
-Northern Wells Community Schools
-Richland-Bean Blossom Schools
-School City of Hobart
-School City of Whiting
-Seymour Community Schools
-South Montgomery Community School Corporation
-St. Pius X Catholic School
-Tell City-Troy Township Schools
-Tindley Accelerated Schools
-Traders Point Christian School
-Westfield Washington Schools

Are you interested in bringing CS to your middle or high School? Contact info@nextech.org to learn how you can partner with us to expand computer science education.

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