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
We’re excited to announce that applications for Code.org’s free Professional Learning Program for CS Discoveries and CS Principles are now open! More details are below. Please pass this information along to interested teachers and administrators wanting to add or expand their computer science offerings.
Computer Science Discoveries is appropriate for 6 – 10th grade students and can be taught as a semester or year long introductory course (3-5 hours per week of instruction for 9+ weeks). The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices. Our curriculum is available at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach.
Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. More than a traditional introduction to programming, it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the foundational ideas of computing so all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in.
This year-long course can be taught as an AP or non-AP course – no prerequisites required for students or for teachers new to computer science! In addition, our curriculum is available at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach.
Iowa STEM Scale-Up
FOR CS PRINCIPLES
CS Principles is also an Iowa STEM Scale-Up program for 2018–19. CS Principles applicants should also apply to the STEM Scale-Up program to be eligible for additional financial support, including travel stipends and per diem, apply here starting January 22nd.
NewBoCo + Code.org = Computer Science for Iowa
Here are the facts:
- The State of Iowa has 3,933 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 1000+ students in grades 6-12 across the state.
Not sure why you should include computer science in your school, or maybe you understand the importance but need help implementing high quality curricula? Contact Samantha Dahlby at email@example.com and we’ll help you get started or further your current progress.
Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is an an intensive, year-long professional learning program for middle and high school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s CS Discoveries (middle school) or CS Principles (high school) courses. These programs are designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms.
Teachers who apply and are accepted to the program commit to:
- Attending the five-day, in-person summer workshop in Iowa
- Attending four one-day, in-person workshops in Iowa (normally on Saturdays)
- Engaging in 20 hours of on-line PD
- Teaching the course during the 2018-19 school year
- Supporting the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s overall student population
Contact Samantha Dahlby at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on both of these options.
With 9 out of 10 parents wanting their children to learn computer science, parents are some of the most important advocates for this cause. You can help by asking your school to teach computer science and advocating for computer science locally. Contact Samantha Dahlby at email@example.com and we can provide you with data and materials to support your efforts.
There were only 364 computer science graduates in Iowa in 2015, not nearly enough to fill the almost 4,000 open computing jobs in Iowa. Companies have a role to play in advocating for computer science education in the state, and partnering to help train and support computer science teachers. Contact Samantha Dahlby at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help direct your support.
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.