Computer Science Teachers AmeriCorps
The number of computer science teachers nationwide is insufficient to meet the current level of interest by students in learning to code. The lack of instruction in this area is leaving students, particularly in public schools, unprepared for the technology jobs of the future.
In partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is launching a new initiative to address this gap in education and advance the Administration’s efforts to train thousands of teachers in computer science over the next three years. CNCS will collaborate with 100Kin10 to develop a program model that utilizes national service to significantly increase the number of teachers qualified to provide computer science instruction to our nation’s students.
This program will provide at least 10,000 teachers with newfound opportunities to master computer-science fundamentals and apply them in their classrooms. Armed with computer-science and computational-thinking, their students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to become the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and STEM teachers.
This project builds on the President’s education agenda, which aims to motivate students to pursue STEM-related subjects and attain skills that are a rapidly growing part of the 21st century workforce.
CNCS is committing up to $17 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards. The Education Award will help participating educators cover the cost of completing training programs in computer science education. Teachers will be eligible for an award by completing one of several computer science professional development training programs and then performing service work in their community that expands computer science learning opportunities for students.
Included among the training programs will be those that support teachers of several courses that are based on the work of NSF-funded projects, including Exploring Computer Science, the Beauty and Joy of Computing, Mobile CS Principles, and Thriving in our Digital World.
100Kin10, a national nonprofit network committed to enriching America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021, will lead the effort to design the program in conjunction with CNCS and in consultation with NSF.