Need more computer science teachers? Be proactive about recruiting

Dive Brief:

  • At an event held Wednesday at the Microsoft Policy Innovation Center, expert panelists discussed the lack of qualified computer science teachers in K-12 education, and determined that more training could boost the numbers –– but they still couldn’t pinpoint where funding for such programs would come from, reports Education Week.  
  • Cameron Wilson, chief operating officer of Code.org Advocacy Coalition, pointed out that while many schools receive funding, it’s often not targeted toward science education, which is something that can easily change. And, Rep. Chuck Fleishmann (R-TN) noted that as $2 billion in Title II funding for teaching training is eliminated from the House budget, schools can fill gaps by looking toward philanthropists and corporations.
  • Panelists were ultimately unable to determine how to get more computer science teachers, but showed that schools can take steps ahead of legislators to look for resources, as well as be more strategic in course offerings. For instance, schools at the K-12 level can team up with higher education institutions to get teachers the training they need, and begin building a pipeline of high schoolers that are entering college with necessary skillsets. 

Dive Insight:

Panelists at the Microsoft Policy Innovation Center event highlight that while there is generally a lack of qualified K-12 computer science teachers that need training. But, the overwhelming sentiment pointed in the direction of schools and decision-makers in the space to start being more strategic about their course offerings and how they target funding –– not just at the K-12 level, but across the entire spectrum of education. Understanding that courses at the K-12 and even early education level prepare students with the primary knowledge they need to pursue STEM fields in college and the workforce, it’s critical that K-12 leaders don’t wait around for qualified teachers to show up.

Rather, they can…

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