On January 30th, The Governor and the New Jersey Department of Education announced that the State will award $2 million in Advanced Computer Science Grants to 29 schools across New Jersey. This is the first time that New Jersey has specifically funded an expansion of computer science education. Excitingly, it will give 900 additional high school students access to computer science coursework.
“By giving students early access to the skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century workforce, we are helping them prepare for high-demand, high-paying career opportunities. Today’s announcement puts the State closer to providing high-quality computer science education to all New Jersey students,” said Governor Murphy.
NJCTL is pleased to partner with 10 New Jersey school districts in their pursuit of the Advanced Computer Science Competitive Grant, and we are now developing an AP Computer Science A course and Computer Science Teacher Education Program for this initiative. We are creating comprehensive Progressive Science Initiative® course materials to train teachers with subject area background in both AP Computer Science A content, as well as how to teach the content of this course. Students will begin taking the course in the 2019/2020 school year, positioning them for success in this important STEM field.
NJCTL will partner with districts all the way through this project, and we look forward to expanding the program to other districts throughout New Jersey in the future.
The Computer Science Teacher Education Program includes a 2-credit Progressive Teaching Initiative® (PTI®) teaching methods course, two 5-credit advanced computer science courses, and two coached field experience courses.
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