The Friday Institute has partnered with Code.org as a Professional Learning Partner, joining a nationwide network to support efforts to expand access to computer science in K-12 schools.
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.
Code.org is a Seattle-based, 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Since launching in 2013, Code.org has partnered with public school districts nationwide, helped change policies to expand computer science programs, built innovative curriculum for all levels K-12, and organized the Hour of Code campaign – which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date.
The Friday Institute’s focus on helping schools become future-oriented organizations 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 21st-century knowledge 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 coding – skills that will open doors in every field, in every state.