Computer science is among the fastest growing industries in our region. We are preparing students for 21st-century careers, by offering cutting-edge computer science courses and programming across the district. In additional to technical skills, these courses teach students critical thinking and problem solving skills.
We envision a future in which students are informed citizens who can:
- Critically engage in public discussion on computer science topics.
- Develop as learners, users and creators of computer science knowledge and artifacts.
- Better understand the role of computing in the world around them.
- Learn, perform and express themselves in other subjects and interests.
Students who graduate with a computer science foundation will go on to be tech-savvy and tech-literate members of society who are consumers and creators technology. They will become doctors, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, journalists and software developers who will drive even greater levels of innovation in these fields, benefiting their communities and the world. We are dedicated to making this vision of computer science education accessible to all.
Effective and relevant computer science learning is critical to delivering our promise that every students graduates prepared to choose their future. The Washington State Computer Science K–12 Learning Standards are designed to enhance teacher understanding and improve student learning so that students are better equipped for college, career and life.
The State of Rhode Island and Code.org are partnering to bring K-12 computer science to the State’s schools. Our partnership will focus on grades K-5 initially with the option to expand to include middle and high school courses. We will work together to give teachers professional learning opportunities to bring these courses to their students, build local capacity for sustainability, and collaborate on best practices for state and federal policy related to computer science education.
CSforALL is a hub for the national Computer Science for All movement, which works to enable all students in grades K-12 to achieve computer science literacy as an integral part of their educational experience. CSforALL sets a collective agenda together with our membership of content providers, education associations, researchers, and supporters to help schools and districts provide all students with rigorous K-12 computer science education. We serve as a platform for connecting diverse stakeholders, providing support to new and developing initiatives, tracking and sharing progress, and communicating about the work to local and national audiences.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for students and teachers across the U.S. through K-12 pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s Introduction to Computer Science (ICS) units give middle school students a chance to apply computational and creative thinking, explore an iterative design process, develop apps, and venture into text programming. PLTW is honored to partner with CS4RI to increase access to computer science curriculum and professional development for Rhode Island students and teachers.
TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) is a Microsoft Philanthropies program that helps high schools build sustainable computer science programs by pairing trained computer science professionals – from across the tech industry – with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science in high schools throughout the US. Through the TEALS partnership, teachers benefit from real-time professional development in their own classroom every day for 1-2 years. TEALS volunteers and partner teachers create a ripple effect, impacting the students they teach, and the many students who will study CS in the future.
ISTE’s vision is that all educators are empowered to harness technology to accelerate innovation in teaching and learning, and inspire learners to reach their greatest potential. ISTE inspires educators worldwide to use technology to innovate teaching and learning, accelerate good practice and solve tough problems in education by providing community, knowledge and the ISTE Standards, a framework for rethinking education and empowering learners.
The Association for Computing Machinery, Code.org, Computer Science Teachers Association, Cyber Innovation Center, and National Math and Science Initiative have collaborated with states, districts, and the computer science education community to develop conceptual guidelines for computer science education. The K–12 Computer Science Framework comes at a time when our nation’s education systems are adapting to a 21st century vision of students who are not just computer users but also computationally literate creators who are proficient in the concepts and practices of computer science. States, districts, and organizations can use the framework to inform the development of standards and curriculum, build capacity for teaching computer science, and implement computer science pathways.