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 2019-20 Code.org Professional Learning Program for CS Discoveries and CS Principles will open on January 15th, 2019. We plan to offer 3 locations for CS Discoveries and 2 locations for CS Principles this year, and more details about the curricula are below. We are also proud to have all three of our Code.org curriculum training opportunities selected as 2019-20 STEM Scale-Up programs to help cover funding for teachers! Please visit Code.org’s site for more information about the Professional Learning Program, and share these opportunities with interested teachers and administrators wanting to add or expand their computer science offerings.
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.
Case Study: NewBoCo’s Impact on Osage Community Schools
|36||K-12 Osage Teachers Trained to Teach Computer Science by NewBoCo in 2017-2018|
|1003||K-12 Students Enrolled in Osage Community Schools|
|ALL||Osage Elementary School Teachers Are Integrating Computer Science Content into their Classrooms in 2018-2019|
|ALL||Osage Middle School Students Are Enrolled in Computer Science Courses in 2018-2019|
|ALL||Osage 9th Grade Students Are Enrolled in a Computer Science Course in 2018-2019|
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.