Fostering Inclusivity and Passion for Computer Science: Spotlight on JP Simafranca
JP Simafranca, a dedicated high school science teacher at Rocky Mount Preparatory Academy, shares the invaluable lessons learned from participating in the Code.org training with the Friday Institute. One of the most important aspects highlighted is the significance of inclusivity. As a person of color, JP acknowledges the impact of cultural blindspots in creating a tolerant and inclusive classroom. The training has been instrumental in recognizing and mitigating these biases.
Transformation in Student Engagement
Since the training, JP has consciously applied these insights to lessons and student interactions, limiting cultural blindspots and biases. This intentional approach has resulted in the creation of a classroom where students feel safe, seen and heard. The transformation in student engagement reflects the positive impact of fostering inclusivity in the learning environment.
Addressing Hurdles in Promoting Computer Science
JP faced a challenge in promoting computer science education due to the absence of course offerings in the school. To address this, they initiated a computer science club with the hope of paving the way for future course offerings. JP’s passion for computer science and openness to learning played a crucial role in overcoming obstacles.
Passion and Eagerness to Learn
Despite initial hesitation due to a perceived lack of background in computer science, JP’s passion for the subject and eagerness to learn led to a fulfilling experience at Code.org. The journey with colleagues through the training became an enjoyable and enriching opportunity to broaden knowledge and skills.
Advice for Educators
JP’s advice to educators interested in computer science is simple yet powerful: “Take it! Start learning today! Now is the pivotal moment for you to help prepare kids for the future!” The encouragement echoes the importance of embracing new challenges and being proactive in shaping the educational landscape.
Gratitude to Code.org
In expressing gratitude, JP extends a million thanks to the Code.org team, acknowledging the impactful work they do in preparing educators and learners for the future. The recognition emphasizes the collaborative effort and shared commitment to advancing education in the digital age.
JP Simafranca’s story reflects the transformative power of Code.org in fostering inclusivity, passion and overcoming challenges in computer science education. As we celebrate Computer Science Education Week, let JP’s journey inspire educators to embrace inclusivity and drive positive change in their classrooms.