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NewBoCo, Code.org partnership will lead to Iowa teachers teaching computer science

Over 30 Iowa teachers will learn how to teach computer science thanks to a partnership between NewBoCo and Code.org, according to a news release.

The teachers are accepted from all parts of Iowa and represent both urban and rural school districts.

The program starts June 18 with a five-day conference in Houston, Texas followed by online self-paced resources, four weekend workshops during the school year and an in-state computer science community building.

According to the release, a few school districts have teachers from both middle and high school levels attending the training.

The Osage School District has two teachers participating in the training.

“Our students will greatly benefit by our staff who will come back and allow students opportunities they would not otherwise have had,” Osage Superintendent Barb Schwamman said in the release.

NewBoCo is the only Code.org partner in the state and its K-12 Education Coordinator Samantha Dahlby says this provides students with a positive experience, even if they don’t want a technology related career.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for school districts in our state, especially at a time when Iowa is supporting the importance of studying computer science as a foundational experience even if students choose not to pursue a career in technology,” Dahlby said in the release.

Here is a complete list of the school districts with one or more teachers participating in either the Computer Science Discoveries or Computer Science Principles Professional Learning Program:

• Aplington-Parkersburg Community School District
• Carlisle Community School District
• Cedar Rapids Community School District
• College Community School District
• Des Moines Independent Community School District
• Eldora-New Providence Community School District
• Grundy Center Community School District
• Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School District
• Interstate 35 Community School District
• New Hampton Community School District
• Osage Community School District
• River Valley Community School District
• Schaller-Crestland Community School District
• Shenandoah Community School District
• Sioux City Community School District
• South Tama County Community School District
• Tipton Community School District
• Treynor Community School District
• Union Community School District
• West Fork Community School District
• West Harrison Community School District
• Western Christian High School
• Winterset Community School District

• Xavier Catholic Schools

1 Comment

  • Ben Milne
    Ben Milne
    Posted June 17, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    This is really fantastic. NewBoCo is getting their hands into everything.

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NewBoCo, Code.org partnership will lead to Iowa teachers teaching computer science | Clay & Milk
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