This initiative supports professional development for teachers and computer science curriculum development, technology acquisition and implementation across BVSD to ensure that students have new, engaging opportunities to build computer science skills.
In 2018, Google awarded a three year grant to Impact on Education to allow us to expand Computer Science offerings available to students in BVSD. This initiative underwrites the costs for BVSD teachers’ professional development (PD) in Computer Science education and embeds Computer Science in K-12, both in existing classes and in new, stand-alone courses. Our effort has a unique focus on Title I schools and those with large minority and lower-income populations so as to bridge the digital skills divide.
In collaboration with our middle and high school teachers, BVSD created curriculum and new courses and created resources and links for all teachers to incorporate Computer Science into instruction. A maker cohort allowed educators to access the learning and familiarize themselves with materials that bring lessons and opportunities to students across the district.
At the elementary level, our focus has been curating and providing Maker kits at all BVSD schools. With equitable access and teachers interested in incorporating design thinking and coding, we provided materials to all media specialists in BVSD so there is instant access as teachers adopt and incorporate Computer Science principles in ways that are fun and engaging.