District partners with Code.org to bring coding to classrooms

WEST PALM BEACH – Students throughout the School District of Palm Beach County will have expanded access to computer science education, and their teachers will receive more opportunities for professional development, thanks to a new partnership between the District and nonprofit Code.org.

The agreement, approved Wednesday by the School Board, will ensure students in District-operated schools receive high-quality computer science education and provide teachers with professional development opportunities as well as stipends for additional training.

“Our students need to go beyond passively using technology,” said Superintendent Robert M. Avossa, Ed.D. “They need to dig in and understand what powers our computers, tablets and smartphones so they can become the next generation of programmers and developers who will create the next iPhone or Minecraft. I thank Code.org for partnering with the District to increase our students’ access to technology, and provide our teachers with opportunities to learn and grow their skills to bring back to their students.”

The District will work with Code.org to phase in computer science curriculum to schools, beginning with elementary and high schools during the 2016-17 school year, and middle schools in the 2017-18 school year.

In addition to providing curriculum and materials at no cost, Code.org will also provide matching funds that the District will use to provide stipends for middle and high school teacher professional development.