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Computer Science Integration, K-16 in Arizona

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:

 

News and UPDATES to Computer Science Education 2019:
CS State Standards for K-12:
The Az State Board passed new K-12 State Standards for Computer Science in October.  For details visit this ADE site. There is funding for PD (see below)
 
State Standards for CTE and Computer Science:
 The ADE just finished updating the new "Software and APP Development" standards.  Judy Balogh, team lead for ADE-CTE PD is hoping to work on a "crosswalk" between the 9-12 CS standards and the new CTE CS standards. She and the team are also working on the final draft of the new CTE Network (Hardware) Standards. The last draft will be finished Jan. 31st with publication some time in February 2019. For those of you teaching CS through CTE keep your eyes out for the new publications.  This will CHANGE what you teach and assess.

Professional development opportunities:
1) Code.org Professional learning applications for AZ are available this week.  Please go to  2019 Professional Learning Program for middle and high school teachers. A limited number of scholarships are available this year, so the earlier teachers apply, the better!

2) State funding for CS PD through the ADE is available to support new teacher CS PD by applying here

3) A state led PD (CSforAZ) is hosting a menu of PD opportunities for teachers this summer July 17-21st at ASU's College of Engineering (see attached flyer for the menu and to register).  

4) The National CSTA conference is coming to PHOENIX July 7th-10th at the Phoenix Convention Center!  To register or for more information visit the CSTA website.  This national conference will connect you to teachers from across the US  while providing the best in CS breakout sessions and learning opportunities!  (See attached flyer for additional details).

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:

  1. In strategies and practices that identify gaps in CS teaching and learning,
  2. Providing opportunities to broaden the representation of underrepresented youth through targeted CS/CIS instructional strategies,
  3. Providing CS/CIS professional development and mentoring to teachers, and
  4. Connecting broad based support from both industry and business sectors to the educational community.
  5. 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?


What Can you Do to Get Involved?

JOIN!  The national movement to increase CS instruction in schools. SIGN the Petition Today! Visit: https://www.change.org/p/offer-computer-science-in-our-public-schools-csforall

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!

 


Resources:

  • Scratch is always great and Makey Makey
  • www.itchcode.com used by Bellevue School District to create customized curriculum integrated with Scratch
  • CodeMonkey (text-based coding) - contains complete detailed lesson plans that are aligned to common core and CSTA standards.
  • http://cs4allkids.org/ has lessons for teaching CS and CT integrated into K-5 core subject areas and in art.



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