Nestled within Memphis, Tennessee, lie three teachers creating safe and innovative spaces for their students to experiment with computer science and go beyond their regular routines. Thanks to the Support of BootUp PD, teachers at every level have been able to start their coding journey amidst the chaos of the 2020-2021 school year.
Last month, BootUp PD and the National School Board Association (NSBA) hosted a roundtable discussion posing that very question. Over 20 superintendents across the United States and Canada participated in the conversation. They openly reflected on the equity gaps in computer science and technology, strategies for integration, and the importance of ensuring fair access to all students while in the classroom and at home.
This school year has been anything but ordinary. A global pandemic swept through our lives, disrupting it with unprecedented consequences. We were once again reminded of the inequities our students face at home and in their communities. Yet, for the first time in a long time, we couldn't find the answers our students were asking us about the future of the classroom. And in the midst of all this, one superhero teacher from Cheyenne Wells Colorado reassured her class that it's OK to not be OK, and coding with BootUp PD in the classroom could be a new and stress-free way to get through the days of uncertainty.