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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.
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.
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.
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. Tutorials are available on the Hour of Code website at code.org, free for anyone to try.