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TEXAS SCHOOLS: Funding is Now Available to Join Lone Star Computer Science 

 
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Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education grant, NMSI and two partners – the National Center for Women & Information Technology and UTeach Computer Science – are providing an opportunity for Texas high schools to apply for funding to launch NMSI’s three-year Advanced Placement® Computer Science Principles program starting in the 2020-21 school year.

Interested in finding out how your Texas school can participate? Fill out the form below and we will contact you with detailed information about applying for the program.

 

Read more about the grant from the U.S. Department of Education here.


First time teaching AP Computer Science Principles? You're not alone.

Kevin Gallagher, a longtime math teacher, typed “how to teach computer science” in a search engine after volunteering to take on this new subject at Keystone Oaks High School in Pittsburgh.
 
Search Engine - How to Teach Computer Science
 

His story is similar to many other teachers across the country who are teaching AP Computer Science Principles for the first time. Most professional development for the subject includes one summer training and maybe an online follow-up.

But NMSI’s three-year AP Computer Science model, consisting of both face-to-face trainings and online resources, provides continuous support not only for teachers, but also for students, administrators and counselors. This collaborative approach allows for better across-the-board CS support in schools, which ultimately contributes to student achievement.
 

What are participants saying?


I volunteered to take on the venture [AP Computer Science] because I believe in it, and I believe in NMSI. Even from the short presentation early on, I’ve believed in NMSI. We got a ton of resources, and those resources are going to turn into achievement and money into students’ pockets by receiving college credits.” 
Kevin Gallagher, AP Computer Science teacher, Keystone Oaks High School, Pittsburgh

“As a high school counselor, I thought, ‘How is this related to me?’” But this truly was for counselors and explained computer science from beginning to end. I came in with no knowledge of computer science, and now, I have a good foundation to go back and talk to my students and team to promote it in our school.”
school counselor attending a NMSI Computer Science Summer Institute with the National Center for Women & Information Technology

“Computer science is now as important as reading.”
Sarah Jenevein, project coordinator, UTeach Computer Science
 

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