Completing the CS Pipeline at Aldine Independent School District
Aldine ISD understood the importance of starting with elementary students to build a computer science (CS) foundation with computational thinking. With a strong STEM club and after-school programs, they recognized the importance of implementing computer science during the day to create equitable access to all students.
No stranger to computer science, Aldine ISD recognized the need to engage students at the elementary level to start building computational skills as they continue their educational journey all the way to high school. Aligning with the District's Computer Science for All initiatives, the professional development afforded them to create a Professional Learning Community (PLC) for teachers to reference tools, resources, and communications that will assist them with their implementation. The success of the program gave a student the confidence to enter the Aldine STEM Competition and for the first time be heard by her classmates and teachers.
At a Glance
- Restrictions due to COVID-19
- New to virtual PD
- Equitable integration throughout the school day
- Increased confidence in students and teachers
- Digital Learning Specialist supporting classroom implementation
Of the participating schools in the district, 8,519 students were exposed to computer science during
the school day
At the end of the three years over 270 teachers will be trained in computer science pedagogy
Direct instruction within the Math and Science subjects averaging about 30 minutes, twice a week
I have grown so much and I have been able to expose my staff and students to coding across the content areas. It has become an incentive for many kids to finish their assignments to earn Scratch. I am proud of all that I have learned and I look forward to sharing with my school and other colleagues at any time."
Teacher after PD at Aldine