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“Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren't enough people who are trained and have these skills today.”

Mark Zuckerberg
Founder, Facebook

 Every student in Charles County Public Schools will be exposed to the skills that computer science has to offer. Every student will learn how to think critically, how to analyze a problem and how to come up with a solution. Instead of being intimidated by computer science, Charles County Public Schools students will learn about how much fun computer science can be.”

 Kimberly A. Hill, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Charles County Public Schools

Charles County Public Schools partners with Code.org

Charles County Public Schools launched a multi-year partnership with Code.org in January 2014 that infuses computer science concepts into curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Over the summer, more than 75 teachers were trained through Code.org on how to tie computer coding into lessons about English, mathematics and science, as well as other content areas. Code.org will offer additional training to CCPS teachers throughout the 2014-15 school year. Charles County Public Schools is one of only two Maryland counties to partner with Code.org, and the only school system to offer computer science/coding at all schools.

What the partnership offers

The partnership offers computer science and coding in math, science and computer classes for all students, from kindergarteners to high school seniors. The CCPS/Code.org partnership provides training for teachers, expands computer science class offerings and upgrades curriculum. Code.org is a non-profit organization backed by companies like Google, Amazon, Dropbox, Microsoft and others, and will pay for curriculum materials and teacher training. As part of the initiative, CCPS is piloting a new Advanced Placement (AP) course, Computer Science Principles. 

CCPS is a model district

Pat Yongpradit, Code.org’s education director, says CCPS is a model district and a national leader in the promotion of computer science for students. “There are only a few school systems nationwide implementing computer science in such an aggressive way. Every single kid in high school will have the opportunity to take a computer science class. This shows Charles County’s commitment to give all students an opportunity to learn computer science.”

Computer science skills are essential

“Computer science helps students create, not simply use, new technologies… Code.org is dedicated to inspiring students to learn computer science and for schools to teach it. We are dedicated to enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) offerings and demystifying computer science and code. The partnership with Code.org will help us expose all students to computer science, a skill essential for our students’ success.” – Dr. Kimberly Hill.

About Code.org

Code.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education by making it available in more schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Code.org’s efforts to expand computer science include partnering with school systems like Charles County Public Schools. For more information, visit code.org.

Hour of Code

Charles County Public Schools first introduced students to Code.org in the 2013-14 school year through Hour of Code. This was an opportunity for students to try computer science for one hour through drag-and-drop programming. Students learned how to complete steps with video tutorials taught by Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Hour of Code offers interactive coding lessons for every age group. Hour of Code was held in schools across the nation and at several with Charles County Public Schools during the week of Dec. 9-15, which is Computer Science Education Week. Code.org officials estimated more than 11 million students in 167 countries completed the Hour of Code tutorial. Tutorials remain available on the Hour of Code website at code.org, free for anyone to try.

 


 CCPS/Code.org in the news

Computer science is not just for math whizzes and budding techies, Charles County Public Schools Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill said in a recent Washington Post interview. Read more at http://wapo.st/1l3LPoy.

Westlake students love to write code. Learn all about the CCPS/Code.org partnership in this short video

CCPS announced its partnership with Code.org on Jan. 30, 2014

Birds and pigs unlock the secrets of computer code for elementary students

Teachers return to the classroom for high-tech lessons

Cool Schools: Kids can code

 

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