Sustainable CS for All Initiative at Dallas Independent School District
Dallas ISD is no stranger to computer science (CS) education. Their goal is to expand the CS offerings from elementary to middle and high school. With the support of their Computer Science and Technology department, Dallas ISD will provide extra aid to teachers with devices, software, and PD.
Dallas ISD implemented a train-the-trainer model with a unique approach to PD, allowing them to reach more teachers and train them on the BootUp model. They focused on equitable implementation during the schools day and integrated the lessons to core subject areas, providing students with voice and choice. At the end of the second year, Dallas ISD is well positioned to implement Computer Science for All.
At a Glance
- Building a sustainable approach to CS education
- New to virtual PD
- Equitable integration throughout the school day
- Office hours for teachers to get the support they need
- PD sessions/lessons aligned with TEKs
Of the participating schools in the district, 7,768 students were exposed to computer science during
the school day
After BootUp trained 58 teachers, the teachers went back and trained teachers on their campus in a train-the-trainer model
All K-5 students at the district attend a 40-60-minute computer science class once per week by core classroom teachers, media specialists, or STEM coordinator
Programs like BootUp help further stimulate a student's appetite in STEM while challenging their mind to engage in computer science concepts"
Oswaldo Alvarenga - Assistant Superintendent of STEM for Dallas ISD
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