Boolean Girl has proven curriculum used to teach over 10,000 girls and boys to code. We have modified our instructor training program for teachers. This won’t be a “one-and-done” training session with recorded videos. Our staff, that includes elementary school teachers will provide a live instructor to engage and inspire teachers and a collection of proven curricula and other resources teachers can use to teach STEM in school (or online).
As part of the program we will provide certification for the teachers, so they can fulfill their requirements for continuing education.
For the first cohort we are looking for teachers that are:
– Currently teaching in a DC Public School. Preference to teachers in Title One schools.
– Have a desire to learn to code and teach children to code. You don’t have to know how to code to participate. We are looking for interest and enthusiasm as much as prior experience in coding.
– Supported by the school administration/ the school Principal. We need to know that what you learn will be taken back to the school and implemented an after-school program and potentially integrated into the current curriculum.
– A stipend for attending the 3-6 hours of training this fall.
– A stipend for running a short course program in Fall 2021 to introduce the program and a longer after school course in the Spring 2022.
– Dedicated support along the way.
– All materials and equipment.
– Additional training in the Spring of 2022.
In the coming years, jobs will require proficiency in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), particularly computer science. We need to equip our children with the skills necessary to find employment in a transforming world. Unfortunately, there simply aren’t enough of teachers trained in STEM education to address the need for early engagement in coding and technology. In 2015, there were 51 teachers who graduated with a certificate to teach computer science in America. Let that number sink in: there are 328 million Americans, almost 57 million school children, and only 51 teachers who are certified to teach them in the field that is certain to dominate every aspect of the world they inherit.
Overworked teachers are being asked to take on more and more, often expected to learn STEM skills on their own and teach them in the classroom. While it’s a wonderful career-builder for teachers, self-teaching STEM is another task on their long to-do lists and often impractical. Static, self-paced online content like Khan Academy and Code.org may be great for teachers with time and previous experience, but it can be very difficult for newcomers to STEM. Although the occasional self-learner-turned-STEM-hero-teacher exists, this approach does not scale. Both teachers and students need more than access to online lessons. They need proven, effective curriculum and instructional guidance. While a laptop and internet connection may get them started, an experienced instructor with whom they can interact and ask questions is the game-changer.
Boolean Girl has been teaching Elementary School aged children to code for many years. We have curricula for both online and in class teaching that is aligned with national standards for Computer Science.
Teachers that participate will learn to code and will be provided our proven curriculum to use as is or tailor to their classroom. As part of the sessions, our staff will discuss how they have used the materials in their classrooms.
Teachers that participate will be expected to start a program at their school. But they won’t have to do it alone, we will be their to assist and support you.
If you have questions, email us at [email protected]
This pilot program is sponsored by the Alice and Eugene Ford Foundation.
Want to get involved? Contact us at: [email protected]. Additional corporate and individual sponsors are needed.
You can also donate directly here.