The Arizona STEM Network, led by Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz), has made a commitment to broadening the exposure and impact of Computer Science (CS) and Computer Information Systems (CIS) to all students K-16 in the state. The Network uses a Collective Impact Model to make strong commitments to CS/CIS programming within both the education and business communities.
Arizona leads in STEM job growth. According to Change the Equation, STEM jobs in Arizona will grow 23% through 2024, and we’re the second-ranked state in projected growth of computing jobs:
We’re excited to announce that applications for Code.org’s Professional Learning Program for CS Principles and CS Discoveries are now open. If your school plans to offer these courses in 2017-18, please encourage interested teachers to apply today!
Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long professional learning program for middle and high school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s CS Discoveries (middle school) or CS Principles (high school) courses. These programs are designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms.
Teachers who apply and are accepted to the program commit to:
-Attending the five-day, in-person summer workshop (dates and locations assigned by district)
-Attending four local one-day, in-person workshops (normally on Saturdays)
-Engaging in 20 hours of on-line PD
-Teaching the course during the 2017-18 school year
-Supporting the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s overall student population.
Applications close on March 17, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, visit the CS Discoveries and CS Principles pages.
What Can We Do to Prepare our Students:
In the field of education, SFAz and Grand Canyon University are the co-state affiliate partner of Code.org. In this capacity the Code.org Professional Learning Partnership Program will secure funding from local businesses to support the training and integration of Code.org curriculum state-wide. In the past year, funding through the Arizona STEM Network has provided stipends and travel expenses to over 250 teachers to learn the Code.org K-5 curriculum; as well as curriculum and training in Google's CS First Program.
Our support for the Code.org curriculum through our Professional Learning Partnership has resulted in a great start for CS implementation in our state:
There are 7,926 teacher accounts and 283,834 student accounts in Code Studio in Arizona. Code.org has partnered with the following school districts: Paradise Valley Unified School District and Phoenix Union High School District.
Or three Code.org K-12 facilitators in Arizona have provided professional learning for 2,286 elementary teachers in CS Fundamentals, 38 middle school teachers in CS Discoveries and 39 high school teachers in Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles. If you are interested in your school/district joining this cause, CONTACT US today!
The CS/CIS programs also extend to inner city, under-represented students. With support from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona Community Foundation, over 180 middle school students from Roosevelt, Phoenix Elementary and Isaac School Districts are receiving CS instruction in preparation to entering the state's first Computer Science focused public High School, the Phoenix Coding Academy. To watch highlights of this Coding program for inner-city youth watch the video to the left.
The Arizona STEM Network and SFAz provide funding and support across educational sectors K-16 both at the community college and university level.
The Arizona STEM Network continues to leads the state:
In strategies and practices that identify gaps in CS teaching and learning,
Providing opportunities to broaden the representation of underrepresented youth through targeted CS/CIS instructional strategies,
Providing CS/CIS professional development and mentoring to teachers, and
Connecting broad based support from both industry and business sectors to the educational community.
Latest Data from Code.org (2017)
-Arizona currently has 9,667 open computing jobs (3.1 times the average demand rate in Arizona).
-The average salary for a computing occupation in AZ is $84,866, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state ($42,290). -Arizona had only 546 computer science graduates in 2015; only 15% were female. -Only 438 high school students in Arizona took the AP Computer Science exam in 2016; only 23% were female; only 62 students were Hispanic; only 4 students were black; and only 1 was Native American. -Only 31 schools in AZ (10% of AZ schools with AP programs) offered the AP Computer Science course in 2015-16. There are fewer AP exams taken in computer science than in any other STEM subject area.
When we look at schools in Arizona, we see a lack of opportunities for students to learn CS. Why is this important?
How has the the field of Computer Science changed over the years? Why is it important for students to learn computer science?
Download the Arizona CS Fact Sheet and support your local community to integrate Computer Science into the traditional curriculum. Contact the Arizona STEM Network for further details and to join the cause!