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Expanding College Career Technical Education to all students


As part of Shelby County School Districts (SCS) SD’s “Big Six Programs”: High wage, high demand jobs, SCS aims to expand 21st-century skills to their elementary and middle schools. In order to align with Tennessee's Digital Readiness curriculum standards, SCS was on a mission to further integrate computer science (CS) with core subjects like Math, Science, and English.


Amidst the pandemic's challenges, including substitute shortages, teachers at Shelby County preserved and started implementing coding lessons in the classroom. Through Site Visits and Model Lessons, teachers observed ways to integrate lessons into various subject areas. Some teachers are beginning to train others on the principles learned during professional development to expand computer science beyond the three schools.

At a Glance


  • Reaching underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Substitute teacher shortages
  • Access to technology at home


  • Complement district educational goals
  • No experience needed
  • Interest-driven lessons



With school principals' support, teachers will prepare to re-train up to 285 teachers in their schools.


CS is taught during the school day and reaches K-5 students.


STEM teachers, STEM coordinators, and media specialists will implement CS for multiple classrooms using a rotation, 20 times a year for 45-minutes.

Learning to code supports problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. This incredible opportunity has allowed our students to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology all around them.”

Monica C. Smith - CCTE Middle Grades Manager Shelby County, TN


Learn about starting your own district-wide “Computer Science for All” initiative!

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