The Paradise Valley Unified School District has announced a partnership with Code.org that will aim to increase participation in computer science courses by underrepresented students of various ethnic backgrounds.
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and minorities. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to have access to computer science education, according to a press release.
Code.org believes computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
“Code.org is excited to partner with PVSchools to expand access to computer science. They are among the handful of districts leading the nation in this movement,” stated Cameron Wilson of Code.org, in the release. “This partnership can help change the lives of the district’s students by preparing them to think critically about real world problems and put them on a pathway toward the highest demand jobs in the U.S. economy.”
The partnership will begin in the 2015-16 school year across elementary schools. Students at these schools will have increased access to computer science courses, curriculum and resources, according to the release. The partnership will also provide new opportunities for professional development and training for PVSchools teachers, in addition to creating a sustainable program via a community of support for the teachers.