What Are The Project Components?

Computer science has quickly moved from a narrow elective to a basic skill that every student needs.

Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA)

Project Components

Regional Partnerships

Engaging regional partners and developing the capacity of local educational leadership to design and sustain CS pathways, including:

    • Development of local computer science visions

    • Preparation of local CS champions

Capacity Development

Intensive, compensated and multi-modal professional learning to prepare schools and educators to build CS pathways, including:

  • 6 days across 2 summers of CS boot camps for elementary teachers and 10 days for secondary teachers

  • 4 days of workshops for elementary teachers and 10 days for secondary teachers during 2 academic years

  • 2 days of summer learning for school administrators and counselors to build capacity to plan for, support and sustain a CS pathway

  • 4 days/year of participation by school administrators and counselors in a Networked Improvement Community (https://www.carnegiefoundation.org/blog/why-a-nic/ ) for up to 3 years

  • Access to extended coaching and a regional CS community of practice

  • Access to ongoing technical assistance

High-Quality Curriculum

Access to a high-quality CS curriculum pathway for students in grades K-12; options include:

    • Standalone CS courses (e.g., pull-out or push-in supplemental instruction, electives, CTE pathways, AP or IB courses)

    • Integrating CS into math or science instruction

    • Regional, cross-institutional courses via ROP or college dual enrollment

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Preparation for extended enrichment beyond the classroom through:

    • CS-related work-based learning

    • College and career readiness activities

    • After-school and summer events (e.g., clubs, competitions, summer camps)

CS Pathway Models

Sample Computer Science Pathways

Depending on their capacity, districts and schools may implement CS pathways that vary in intensity from basic to deep and broad.

Project Implementation Timeline

Project timeline

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CS4NorCal Project Components