District to Receive $92,000 to Expand Computer Science
Waukee Community School District is set to receive $92,000 from the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive (CSPDI) fund program. The district is one of 49 Iowa school districts who will receive money form a new state-supported grant fund to build our computer science teacher workforce.
“The grant funds will be used to expand learning opportunities for students in the area of computer science,” said Cindi McDonald, superintendent. “I believe problem-solving is an essential skill for success in life. Integrating computer science into all areas of education helps students develop problem-solving skills in and out of the classroom. Students will have increased opportunities to design, develop and analyze software and hardware used to solve problems in a variety of business and social contexts.”
The goal of the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive (CSPDI) Fund program is to build the capacity of Iowa K-12 schools to provide high-quality computer science instruction. All 49 schools and districts will receive funding to pay for a range of teacher preparation, including courses for teaching endorsements, intensive training, conferences and professional learning programs that prepare educators to provide high-quality instruction in computer science.
“These funds will allow the district to provide classroom teachers and staff in TLC supported roles avenues to learn more about technology and innovation from local and national experts. Our dedication to giving students more opportunities in computer science starts with these professional learning opportunities for our teachers,” said Dr. Lindsay Law, director of teaching and learning.