Nextech Receives Major Funding to Fuel K-12 CS Education
September 27th, 2018
Nextech, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit dedicated to creating equitable access to computer science curriculum and experiences for all K-12 Indiana students, announces they have received $670,000 in funds from the Indiana Department of Education. These funds will be allocated for training teachers to better implement computer science into schools across the state of Indiana.
The recent signing of Senate Bill 172 by Governor Eric Holcomb mandates all schools have computer science curriculum implemented by 2021. This legislature is a major factor in pushing for Indiana educators to be trained in teaching computer science.
“Placing a priority on subjects such as science, technology, engineering, and math is key to ensuring our students graduate prepared for the 21st Century workforce,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I look forward to continuing Indiana’s partnership with Nextech. Together, our efforts will play a vital role in the future success of our students and our great state.”
As the Code.org regional partner for the state of Indiana, Nextech brings nationally recognized K-12 curriculum and professional development to high school and middle school classrooms in Indiana. Our program supports teachers with diverse backgrounds. Whether new to teaching computer science or those with several years experience, this program promotes growth in teaching practice and provides space to become comfortable with the curriculum and associated teaching strategies.
“Nextech is on a mission to empower all Hoosier students from kindergarten through high school to learn CS and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to thrive in a digital powered economy,” said Nextech President Karen Jung. “We are excited to partner with the Indiana Department of Education to equip educators with the content, instructional strategies and confidence to bring computer science to classrooms across the state.”
Prior to the start of the 2018-19 academic year, Nextech provided 7,081 hours of professional development to 174 educators from 89 schools Indiana. The IDOE funds will be dedicated to facilitating in-person professional development workshops for an additional 800 educators statewide during the 2018-19 academic year.