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UNH Partners with Code.org

“Continuing their commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and math education, the University of New Hampshire announced its selection as a Code.org regional partner. Code.org is a nationwide network that supports efforts to expand access to computer science in K-12 schools. The STEM Teachers’ Collaborative at the University of New Hampshire and the STEM Discovery Lab at UNH Manchester have partnered with the N.H. High Technology Council’s CS4NH advisory group to bring the Code.org partnership to UNH.

“The Code.org regional partnership will provide high-quality professional development to educators in New Hampshire through local district partnerships and by building a positive local community of computer science educators. Additionally, UNH will partner with the N.H. Department of Education to work with school administrators and guidance counselors to plan for expanding computer science education throughout the state.”

Read more:

https://extension.unh.edu/articles/UNH-Partners-Codeorg-Advance-K-12-Computer-Science-Education-NH

https://www.unh.edu/stem/stem-teachers-collaborative

2017 CS4NH Summit – save the date and call for proposals

This summit will feature a keynote speaker, Jennifer Wang from Google CS Education, followed by break-out sessions, lunch, and panel of experts for various user levels.

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Location: White Mountains Community College, Berlin, NH
Cost: FREE for K-12 School Teams

Educators are encouraged to form strategic district or school team(s). A team may be within a grade group (PK-5, 6-8, 9-12) or span across PK-12. A school team consists of 3-5 school personnel which may include (but is not limited to): teacher, administrator, curriculum coordinator, technology integrator, library/media specialist, etc.

Register for the summit now!

Call for presenters and facilitators

Modest stipends are available for presenters and facilitators.
If you are interested in delivering a 2.5 hour workshop, preferably hands-on or with some sort of active engagement with participants, please submit a proposed title, brief description, and intended audience to lori@ncedservices.org by June 30, 2017.
There will be a limited number one hour breakout sessions in the afternoon. If you are interested in facilitating a breakout session on a specific topic, please contact lori@ncedservices.org.

CS Policy Moving Forward

On May 11, the NH State Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously to move forward with the new K-12 Computer Science Educator certification standards.

The work of implementing these in educator preparation and professional development is underway at multiple institutes of higher education and professional development providers in NH.

On June 8, the BOE heard a presentation on K-12 Computer Science and was overwhelmingly supportive of the work, including beginning to work on academic standards.

At the July 13 meeting, the public proposal for the certification standards will be at 11:00 AM.  At this meeting, a more detailed plan for developing academic standards will also be presented for approval.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Heather Drolet Awarded 2017 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical

A Christa McAuliffe School teacher will spend next school year teaching kids to love computer science, thanks to a sabbatical named for the Concord teacher whose legacy continues to inspire great educational ideas.

Heather Drolet, a technology integrator at the Christa McAuliffe School in Concord, has been awarded the 2017 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The sabbatical, created in 1986 in honor of the Concord High School teacher and astronaut, gives an exemplary New Hampshire teacher a year off with pay and a materials budget to bring a great educational idea to fruition.

Drolet’s great idea is “NH Kids Code,” a project aimed at inspiring elementary school students to explore computer science while honing “the 4 C’s:” critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.

Read more here

Landscape Report on State-Level CS Policy

Two of these 10 priorities ground and motivate the remaining eight:

  •  State Plan for K–12 Computer Science Education
  • State-Level Initiatives to Address Diversity in Computer Science Education

The remaining eight policy priorities are as follows.

  • Adoption of K–12 Computer Science Standards
  • State-Level Funding for K–12 Computer Science Education
  • State Computer Science Teacher Certification
  • State-Approved Pre-Service Teacher Preparation Programs at Institutions of Higher Education
  • A Dedicated State-Level Computer Science Education Position
  • A Requirement for All High Schools to Offer Computer Science
  • Computer Science Can Satisfy a Core High School Graduation Requirement
  • Computer Science Can Satisfy a Core Admission Requirement at Postsecondary Institutions

Read a summary for NH here

Read the full report here

US BLS STEM Jobs Report Highlights Computing

Report highlights the importance of computing in STEM.

Computing employs more workers than any other STEM category

  • In May 2015,  Computer occupations made up nearly 45 percent of STEM employment. [p.2]
  • Seven out of the ten largest STEM occupations were computer related. [pp.3-4]

Computing job growth (12.5%) exceeds STEM growth (10.5%), which in turn exceeds non-STEM growth (5.2%):

  • Employment in computer occupations is projected to increase by 12.5 percent from 2014 to 2024, and due to its large employment size, this growth is expected to result in nearly half a million new jobs, far more than any other STEM group. [p.11]
  • Job openings show the combination of new jobs and jobs expected to result from workers permanently leaving occupations and needing to be replaced. The computer occupational group is projected to yield over 1 million job openings from 2014 to 2024. [p.12]

Not all computing jobs require a bachelor’s degree:

  • Of those STEM occupations that typically require less than a bachelor’s degree for entry, the two fastest growing are web developers (26.6 percent) and computer user support specialists (12.8 percent). [p.15]

View the full report here.

Concord Monitor features CS4NH and Concord Schools

“What makes a good K-12 computer science program is that students have exposure year by year,” said Department of Education STEM education director David Benedetto.

At the Concord School District, educators are working to put such a program together. And with CS4NH, a statewide advocacy campaign in partnership with the University of New Hampshire, the state is hoping to help districts like Concord grow their programs – and later adopters get theirs off the ground.

Read the full article at Concord Monitor online…

CS4NH on White House Press Release

FACT SHEET: A Year of Action Supporting Computer Science for All (external link)

Brought to you by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP)

Featuring CS4NH!

CS4NH, a new partnership of the New Hampshire Department of Education, public and charter schools, institutions of higher education, industry and community stakeholders will launch an advocacy campaign aimed at offering CS for all 189,000 of New Hampshire’s public school students by 2020.”

New Hampshire Department of Education Office of STEM Education will lead statewide efforts to develop and adopt academic standards for K-12 CS serving 189,000 public school students across New Hampshire; and adopt teacher credentialing standards to provide a pathway to certification for 15,000 public school teachers by the end of the 2017 calendar year.”

Keep up the great work, NH educators!

-DB

CS Education Week, December 5-11

December 5-11 is Computer Science Education Week!

This event is not just for CS educators, but for anyone who wants to help prepare the next generation for the profound social and economic impacts of computing.    There are a lot of things you can do, from the Hour of Code to much more. Please consider taking part, or expanding on what you did last year.

Some other bits:

  • Check out csedweek.org/csteacher for ideas.
  • Please let us know what you’re doing by completing a brief form at cs4nh.org.
  • You can also register your Hour of Code at hourofcode.com.
  • Social media tags:  #cs4nh #csforall #csedweek #hourofcode

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or requests, and spread the word!

On behalf of CS4NH and STEM @ NHDOE, thank you!

-DB

CS4NH Inaugural Summit, Nov.5, 2016

yongpraditThe inaugural CS4NH Summit was this past Saturday, November 5 at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, NH.

Slides from keynote:

Slides from experts panel:

Press-releases, see:

There was a media team on hand, so we will follow up with official photos and video 🙂

-DB