ED’s Support for Computer Science
The U.S. Department of Education provides tools and resources to states and districts to create high-quality CS learning opportunities for students in grades P-8 and provide greater access to CS courses in high school including:
· Funding Opportunities at ED: Building on the STEM Act of 2015, ED released a Dear Colleague Letter that includes guidance on opportunities to support STEM education. This letter discusses opportunities to expand access to STEM and CS learning experiences for all students. The Department of Education’s Office of Innovation & Improvement’s (OII) invests in innovative and evidence-based projects that reach high need schools and communities; such programs could include launching or scaling CS projects.
· CS Teacher Institute: The Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) and National Science Foundation (NSF) are participating in a joint effort to expand the field of computer science educators in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. This effort is creating a cohort of educators who will provide additional computer science professional development to other educators across the country.
· Creating 21st Century Learners and Coders: The U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, funded at more than $1 billion and the federal government’s largest investment in afterschool and extended day programs, will increase awareness of high quality CS resources for out-of-school programs.