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July 27, 2018
Tennessee approves its first-ever computer science standards for K-8 schools
The state Board of Education gives final approval to new tech benchmarks that will reach classrooms in the fall of 2019.
How I Teach
April 4, 2018
This Colorado teacher admitted she didn’t know all the answers – and students responded
Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask educators who’ve been recognized for their work how they approach their jobs. You can…
September 7, 2017
From a preschool to a struggling school, Mayor de Blasio helps city kick off a new school year
Dispatches from the mayor and chancellor's citywide school tour on the first day of the 2017-18 academic year.
Kids who code
July 5, 2017
At GenCyber Boot Camp, Memphis students get lessons in coding — and exposure to hot careers
Summer camps offered at the University of Memphis provide important training about cybersecurity and coding for that purpose.
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June 29, 2017
Bronx borough president to high school grads: ‘Start breaking the mold of what the face of techies look like’
The tech industry in New York City has a diversity problem. The Bronx Academy for Software Engineering was launched to help solve it.
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January 29, 2016
Kicking off ‘Computer Science for All,’ city will add AP classes, software programs
New York City’s plan to provide a computer science education to its 1.1 million students will kick off next year in at least 50 schools.
December 8, 2015
Why I transformed my sixth grade science class into a coding class, and how you can too
A science teacher at Excellence Girls Charter School explains why she decided that her school needed more than a coding club.
October 22, 2015
Yes, any teacher can help the city spread computer science. No, not any training will do
Eric Allatta, who leads New York City's computer science education meetup group, has a story that he says proves you don’t need a computer science degree to get started.
September 24, 2015
Why computer science? The story behind the city’s flashiest new education initiative
The path to de Blasio’s announcement spans two mayoral administrations, a few big donors, and a gaggle of smaller pilot projects.
May 18, 2015
Stanford-bound senior from Memphis Melrose talks about his public education and how students can defy the odds
Dellarontay Readus discusses how he overcame frequent moves and academic challenges to earn a full scholarship to one of the nation's premier universities.
December 9, 2014
City to gain new computer science classes amid White House push
The city is set to expand its computer science offerings beginning next fall, with support from a grant from the National Science Foundation. The White House announced Monday that New York City will get part of a $20 million grant designed to train computer science teachers on new curriculum. The initiative is part of a larger effort to better prepare students for the increasing number of technology-related jobs and increase diversity in the field.
December 9, 2013
City expanding computer science teacher training program
The city is continuing to expand its efforts to bring coding to the classroom, as Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced today that it will be training 120 additional computer science teachers over the next two summers. That's a tiny fraction of the city's 75,000 teachers, but the initiative is a first step toward developing a system to train teachers in schools across the city how to teach computer science classes. Two small high schools now focus on computer science: the Academy for Software Engineering, which opened in 2012 near Union Square, and the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering, which opened this year. But the existence of those schools doesn't change the fact that most middle and high schools don't have teachers prepared to teach computer science for math or science credit. "Our goal is we want every student to have it," said Seth Schoenfeld, senior director for the Department of Education's Office of Innovation. "We want enough teachers that can teach it in a rigorous way so we know students are getting high-level instruction."
June 27, 2013
Public advocate hopeful seeks boost with coding education bill
Public advocate candidate Reshma Saujani at Forest Hills High School after proposing adding computer science classes to all city high schools. Behind her stands Mike Zamansky, a computer science teacher at Stuyvesant High School. Reshma Saujani, a candidate for public advocate, wants to place computer science classes in every public high school in her first term. But since the power of the elected office she's seeking is limited, Saujani said today that she's hoping a bill in Albany will help advance her cause. New York City's computer science offerings are on the rise, with the Department of Education set to launch programs in 20 schools this fall. But most courses don't count toward graduation unless they are part of a state-certified career and technical education sequence. Saujani said the rule reduces the incentive for students to take computer science as an elective. A new bill sponsored by Andrew Hevesi, a Queens assemblyman, would seek to change that by giving the state Board of Regents authority to allow computer science classes to count for math and science credits. "If [students] know that it would fulfill a math or science requirement, it's easier than if they were trying to bring it in as an elective," Saujani said at a press conference outside Forest Hills High School.
May 31, 2013
To teach teachers how to code, UFT launches training course
An organization founded to tackle one shortage area in computer science education is teaming up with the teachers union to address another. Girls Who Code, whose founder Reshma Saujani is running for citywide office this year, launched last year to address stark gender inequities that exist in computer science, one of the many job markets in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) where women are underrepresented. The organization's eight-week curriculum began last summer with 20 girls and will expand to 160 this summer, with new programs in Detroit and San Francisco as well. The organization will also be lending its curriculum out to help train a small group of 20 teachers, the United Federation of Teachers announced this week. The union is trying to keep pace with the evolving demands in career and technical education and union chief Michael Mulgrew said one challenge is retaining young math and science teachers, who leave "because we don't give them something engaging to do." "We're going to make the difference by doing it where it really counts, which is training the teachers so they can bring it inside of the classroom because that's where the students are," Mulgrew said this week at an event announcing the pilot, called "Teachers Who Code".
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