Computer Science Education for Iowa
NewBoCo is the Code.org Iowa 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 2020-21 Code.org Professional Learning Program for CS Discoveries and CS Principles are now open! We plan to offer and least 2 locations for CS Discoveries and 1 location for CS Principles summer workshops this year. Depending on the size of the cohort and where participants are located, additional locations may be selected for the Saturday Academic Year Workshop for this program. You can help us select our locations by indicating your interest or the interest of your school to participate. More details about the curricula are below.
All three of our Code.org curriculum training opportunities have again been selected as 2019-20 STEM Scale-Up programs. Please also apply to STEM Scale-Up for funding to cover program fees. 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 about 450 computer science graduates per year. The average salary for a computing occupation in Iowa is $83,048, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state $46,150. Careers are available in chemical, insurance, agricultural, financial, and educational sectors, among many more.
- Only 41 schools in Iowa (19% of IA schools with AP programs) offered the AP Computer Science course in 2017-2018. 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. As of September 2019, we have trained almost 615 teachers how to teach computer science, who have in turn, taught computer science to more than 18,000 students in grades K-12 across the state of Iowa.
|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.