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Empowering North Carolina Educators: Embrace Computer Science Training for a Brighter Future

In an era where technology influences nearly every aspect of our lives, the importance of computer science (CS) education cannot be overstated. Recognizing this, North Carolina has taken significant steps to ensure that all students are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a technology-driven world. The North Carolina Computer Science Teaching Professional Learning Program (NC-CS-PLP), allows public school educators the opportunity to play a pivotal role in this educational transformation.

Why Computer Science Education Matters

North Carolina has prioritized computer science education through the passage of SL 2023-132, which mandates that all students must complete a high school-level CS course to graduate and that all middle schools must offer an introductory CS course. This legislation underscores the state’s commitment to preparing students for the demands of the modern workforce. However, this ambitious mandate requires the support of well-prepared educators who can confidently deliver CS instruction across all grade levels.

By participating in these programs, you will be equipped to introduce students to a wide range of CS topics, from problem-solving and programming to data analysis and the impacts of computing.

The Impact of Your Participation

By joining the NC-CS-PLP, you are not just enhancing your teaching skills; you are also empowering your students to become informed and active participants in a technology-driven world. Studies have shown that early exposure to computer science can break down barriers and preconceived notions, especially for underrepresented groups in the tech industry. For example, increasing early exposure to CS for young girls could significantly boost the number of female CS majors, addressing the current gender disparity in the field.

Support and Incentives

The best part? Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Department of Public Instruction, this training is provided at no cost to you or your school! Additionally, participants will receive stipends totaling $600 and a $300 travel stipend for in-person summer workshops. Breakfast, lunch are also provided to ensure your comfort and focus during the training sessions.

How to Register

  1. Visit the regional partner search and type in your school zip code.
  2. Review the workshop options available in your area.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to start your application.
  4. Complete your application by June 14, 2024, and await confirmation from the Friday Institute.

This process is designed to be as simple as possible, taking approximately 10 minutes to complete. Remember, your application will require approval from your administrator/school leader via email.

Final Thoughts

North Carolina’s commitment to computer science education is clear, and your role as an educator is crucial to the success of this initiative. By participating in the NC-CS-PLP, you will be at the forefront of educational innovation, helping to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Register today and be part of the transformation. Together, we can ensure that every student in North Carolina has the opportunity to succeed in our increasingly digital world.

Russell Strand-Poole PLLC Team Member
Russell brings with him a wealth of experience in implementing computer science (CS) across K-12. After working as a music instructor for a year in Pitt County, he came to Durham to serve as a K-8 technology facilitator at Little River. Most recently, he worked at Riverside High School, where he helped to broaden access to CS and engineering courses for underrepresented students. His vast expertise assisted in his efforts as a steering committee member, working to write the state’s CS standards that ensured equity was at the center and established a foundational knowledge for all students across NC.