Computer Science for Iowa
NewBoCo is a Code.org Regional Partner
NewBoCo is the designated provider of Code.org Professional Learning Programs in Iowa. Our role includes providing quality professional development to educators through local school district partnerships and acting as a regional hub of the global computer science education movement. NewBoCo will work with schools and provide networking and collaboration events for computer science teachers.
Opportunities in Iowa
Applications for our 2018-19 Code.org Professional Learning Program for CS Discoveries and CS Principles have closed, and we’re excited to be working with 80 Iowa educators this year. More details about the programs are below, and we will begin working with schools to prepare for the 2019-20 program. Please pass this information along to interested teachers and administrators wanting to add or expand their computer science offerings.
Iowa school districts aren’t opposed to adding computer science opportunities for their students, but often times they don’t know where to start, or perhaps even what should be taught in a computer science course. There may be some grassroots efforts already happening, or nothing as they wait for examples from other districts. NewBoCo can help through workshops for administrators, counselors, and other district leadership. We provide everything from a short, 45 minute introduction to computer science and what is currently happening with computer science education in our state, on up to workshops facilitating the development goals and an implementation plan. Because every district is different, we customize workshops to your needs and include information on resources beyond what we offer.
NewBoCo + Code.org = Computer Science for Iowa
Here are the facts:
- The State of Iowa averages over 4,000 open computing jobs, but only 364 computer science graduates in 2015. The average salary for a computing occupation in Iowa is $76,309, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state ($41,840). Careers are available in chemical, insurance, agricultural, financial, and educational sectors, among many more.
- Only 32 schools in Iowa (15% of IA schools with AP programs) offered the AP Computer Science course in 2015-2016. There are fewer AP exams taken in computer science than in any other STEM subject area. But why is computer science important, especially if a student won’t major in computer science? Technology surrounds us, and just as students are expected to take biology and physics to understand the world around them, computer science courses help explain the technical world they interact with every day.
- We’re excited to make computer science education accessible to Iowa’s K-12 classrooms through our partnership with Code.org. To date in our first year, we have trained 33 teachers how to teach computer science, which has reached 1700+ students in grades 6-12 across the state.
You can recommend a teacher for this program here.
Meet Samantha Dahlby
Samantha Dahlby helps schools implement STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) into their curricula in a fun and engaging way. She lead’s NewBoCo’s partnership with Code.org to provide high quality computer science professional development for teachers. Her goal is to make computer science education accessible to all of Iowa’s students.