Montana Teachers to Start Teaching Code.org’s Computer Science Curriculum in Upcoming Academic Year

Montana Teachers Teaching Tech

America Campaign’s Montana Teachers Teaching Tech program, in partnership with Code.org, trained 38 middle and high school educators in Phoenix, AZ last week. This unique training program will bring computer science to schools throughout Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota in the upcoming 2017 – 2018 academic year.

Teachers from every corner of Montana and beyond, representing both rural and urban school districts were accepted earlier this year into a first ever training program with Code.org. With a variety of teachers attending, some school districts had teachers from both middle and high school levels that went through the training, earning them the benefit of a larger K-12 pipeline of computer science opportunities.

“Ultimately, we want our students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers so that they can fully participate in an ever-changing society. The Code.org curriculum teaches these skills in the context of something students see and use everyday (computers) while also preparing them for life outside the classroom. It also completely busts the myth that computer science is for boys only. Students of all backgrounds will discover a previously hidden passion for designing websites, creating animations, making games, and solving tomorrow’s problems today,” said Steve Quenell from Kalispell, a participant and a newly trained Code.org regional facilitator.

Kayla Fouts, an educator from Turner, Montana who teaches in a high school of less than 20 students, said “I am very excited to have this opportunity to offer such a great course at my school. It will ultimately be the first of its kind at Turner Public Schools. In a small school it is very important to get students excited about technology and understand that technology plays a key role in their present and future. Regardless of if they wish to pursue a technical career, a knowledge of computer science will allow students to grow and advance in many careers..”

“Computer Science should be looked at as a fundamental literacy necessary for future student success.” said America Campaign’s Director of K-12 Programs Lander Bachert, “These educators are taking the initiative to make sure the 21st century needs of their…

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