Friday Institute Joins Code.org as Professional Learning Partner

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University has partnered with Code.org as a Professional Learning Partner, joining a nationwide network of partners to support efforts to expand access to computer science in K-12 schools.

“We are excited to partner with a leader such as Code.org to bring computer science education to more schools in North Carolina,” said Dr. Dave Frye, Associate Director of the Friday Institute. “This partnership is an ideal fit for us, building on NC State’s history as a leader in computer science and the Friday Institute’s strengths in professional learning for teachers and leaders in the digital age. It aligns perfectly with our Think and Do approach to addressing the complex, critical problems faced in education today.”

Code.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. This partnership will build upon and continue the Friday Institute’s work in providing quality professional development to educators and increasing access to educational opportunities and resources through programs such as the Math/Science Education Network, the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative, and the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.

The Friday Institute’s focus on helping schools become future-oriented institutions to best serve the students of today and tomorrow aligns with Code.org’s vision that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Computer science teaches students foundational critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through topics such as what algorithms are, how to analyze big data, how to make an app or program, and how the internet works, in addition to computer programming and coding.  These skills will open doors in every field in every state to help students excel in today’s increasingly digital world.

“Code.org is proud to partner with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation to expand access to computer science in North Carolina at a time when the majority of K-12 schools still don’t offer it. By offering Code.org Professional Learning Programs, the Friday Institute will give teachers the tools and support they need to introduce foundational 21st-century knowledge into their classrooms and put all students on a path to success in today’s high-tech world,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org.

The Friday Institute shares Code.org’s belief that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn the critical thinking and problem solving skills that are found through computer science education.  North Carolina’s demand for computer science jobs is 4.8 times the state average with 18,597 openings. Nine in 10 parents want their child to study computer science, but only one in four schools teach computer programming.  This professional learning partnership will help to develop more computer science programs in K-12 schools throughout NC and create new opportunities for collaboration and innovation among educators, researchers and industry leaders across the state.

For more information, please visit go.ncsu.edu/code.org.