Today, we’re excited to announce a new partnership with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The partnership gives teachers additional professional learning opportunities in computer science (CS) beyond our own programs, and it also helps advance the growing movement for K-12 computer science.
Professional learning opportunities for teachers
We have been thrilled to see tens of thousands of new teachers from different subject areas begin teaching computer science in their classrooms after participating in Code.org’s professional learning. The question we’ve had is what can teachers do beyond our programs to help them continue to grow with CS?
This new partnership gives teachers an opportunity to access ISTE’s resources and community for a reduced membership fee. ISTE has extensive Professional Learning Networks, including the ISTE CS Network for educators interested in computer science. ISTE also provides a collection of quality, on-demand professional development resources online. Hundreds of webinars and ISTE Conference & Expo recordings on coding and other edtech topics are available to explore.
Another great avenue for growth after Code.org’s programs is the Computer Science Teachers Association. CSTA has represented computer science teachers since its founding over a decade ago. It has local chapters, professional learning resources, and sets K-12 CS student learning standards, aligned to the nationally adopted K-12 CS Framework.
Collaboration on K-12 CS teacher standards
The partnership will also give ISTE and Code.org a chance to collaborate on refreshing ISTE’s CS teacher standards. These standards were last updated seven years ago, and K-12 computer science has changed quite a bit since then. The ISTE Standards will be refreshed using a community-oriented process that both Code.org and CSTA will participate in.
Collaborating on Advocacy
ISTE and Code.org are also going to collaborate on K-12 CS state policy reforms as part of this new partnership through the Code.org Advocacy Coalition. More than 40 states have made positive changes to CS policy in the past three years. ISTE joining this work will continue to accelerate the momentum we’ve seen.
The movement for teaching computer science in K-12 has grown significantly in the past years, thanks to the passion of amazing educators who have recognized the importance of this critical subject. We’re thankful for the support of these educators, and we welcome this new partnership with ISTE to help support our teachers in their professional growth and to help advance the movement into the future.
Cameron Wilson, President — Code.org Advocacy Coalition