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NewBoCo to Expand K-12 Computer Science Instruction
NewBoCo Partnership with Code.org and Participation in White House Computer Science Event Set to Make Regional, State Impacts
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, October 5, 2016 – NewBoCo is proud to announce that it has been selected as a Code.org Professional Learning Partner and will be the designated provider of Code.org Professional Learning Programs in Iowa. NewBoCo will provide quality professional development to educators through local school district partnerships with Code.org and act as a regional hub of the global computer science education movement.
“Every student should have access to quality computer science education. Computer science is about communication, problem solving, and creativity. It now impacts every field of study. By partnering with Code.org, we have the opportunity to train teachers to prepare students in Iowa to be innovative future leaders who make a positive global impact,” NewBoCo Director of K-12 Education Kristine Sorensen said.
NewBoCo also participated in a convening of regional partners for computer science education hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on September 26, 2016. Sorensen and Samantha Dahlby, NewBoCo’s new K-12 Education Coordinator, gathered at the White House with more than 40 other regional organizations from around the country dedicated to preparing computer science teachers for K-12 classrooms and promoting the adoption of high-quality computer science courses. The event was planned to coincide with the start of the academic year in the U.S.
Discussion topics at the event included the current state of computer science K-12 education, the importance of establishing regional partners around the nation dedicated to building computer science communities, and why many organizations are dedicated to supporting, advocating for, and funding work in this area.
“Hearing how nonprofit and state government organizations are working together toward the same goal of computer science for every student was encouraging. Iowa has great potential in this area, and I am excited to be a part of tapping into it,” Dahlby said.
To learn more about Code.org’s Professional Learning Partner program, visit: https://code.org/educate/professional-learning-partner
The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) is a nonprofit with the mission to accelerate world-changing ideas, from Iowa. The organization aims to create impactful startup businesses that grow here through its Iowa Startup Accelerator program and more; to foster world-class technical and creative talent via innovative educational programs for kids and adults; to assist thriving, innovative companies in developing new products and attracting the best talent through corporate innovation programs; and to make an outstanding social impact and make the world a better place. Since 2014, the program has grown dramatically, helping hundreds of startups get off the ground and grow, and thousands of children learn to code.
To learn more about NewBoCo’s educational programs, visit http://www.newbo.co/[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]