Friday Institute for Educational Innovation Announces Commitment to Computer Science Education at 2018 CSforALL Summit

 

RALEIGH, NC – The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation announced a commitment today to expand their professional learning programs and their Massive Open Online Courses for Educators as part of the second annual CSforALL Summit. The commitment will reach 500 teachers in 50 North Carolina schools districts and 1,500 educators throughout the US and around the world in 2018-2019.

“We’re excited to bring more accessible and personalized solutions for teachers in all areas of our state, nation and world as part of the the rapidlygrowing CSForAll movement,” said Dave Frye, associate director of the Friday Institute. “With this initiative, the Friday Institute is committing to broadening our quality professional learning for educators and expanding CS opportunities for all students, especially those in rural and underserved communities.”

The CSforALL Summit is an annual gathering of more than 400 stakeholders including educators, school districts and representatives from government, industry, higher education and the nonprofit sector. This year’s conference was held on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

“There will be more than 200 commitments made to the CSforALL movement this year at the Summit,” said Ruthe Farmer, chief evangelist, CSforALL. “It’s organizations like the Friday Institute that are making high-quality computer science an integral part of the educational experience for students of all abilities.”

Commitments all center on addressing equity for underrepresented students, computer science accessibility for students with disabilities, cybersecurity education, and evidence-based computer science education pathways.

The Friday Institute will expand their professional learning programs in 2018-19 to reach 500 K-12 teachers to teach computer science courses and integrate computer science and computational thinking in 50 North Carolina school districts through the 2018 school year. It will also facilitate three computer science related Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) including a new AP Computer Science Principles teaching course, a  new middle school computer science teaching course, and a course that integrates computer science and computational thinking into other subject areas, reaching 1,500 educators throughout the US and around the world in 2018-19.

For more information, please contact Heather Bronson at heather_bronson@ncsu.edu.

About The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation brings together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to lead the transition to next-generation education systems that will prepare students for success in the digital-age world. It conducts research, develops educational resources, provides professional development programs for educators, advocates to improve teaching and learning, and helps inform policy-making. Visit fi.ncsu.edu to learn more.

About CSforALL
CSforALL is a bold initiative to empower all K-12 students to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators in the digital economy, not just consumers, and to be active citizens in our technology-driven world. CSforALL is the national hub and central resource for people interested in computer science education to find content providers, school districts, funders, and researchers focused on the goal of providing high-quality CS education to every child in the United States.