In 2019, Michigan adopted Computer Science Standards.  Computer science and information technology career paths continue to remain among Michigan’s Hot 50 for high-wage and high-demand jobs.  Within the past year, there has been a tremendous increase in the reliance on and use of technology for remote work and remote learning.

How can schools prepare students for the Computer Science Standards and for their future with technology? One option is through Michigan’s Code.org partnership, which provides schools with free access to all curriculum materials for their K-12 program. Professional learning is also currently offered at no cost to Michigan educators.

Here is an overview of what schools can receive with Code.org:

Elementary—Computer Science Fundamentals

  • Curriculum is offered by grade level for grades K-5
  • Virtual professional learning is provided through the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years
  • $100 per day stipends are provided for professional learning for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years
  • SCHECHs available to teacher for the professional learning workshops

Middle School—Computer Science Discoveries

  • Curriculum is a best fit for sixth through ninth grades
  • Professional learning provides five days of summer training with four follow-up school-year workshops
  • The teachers in professional learning are part of a cohort
  • To qualify for the professional learning, schools need to commit to offering at least one semester of the CS Discoveries Course (50+ hours) in fall, 2021
  • Applications for the professional learning program will become available in January, 2021
  • Virtual professional learning will be provided for the 2021-2022 school year
  • $100 per day stipends are provided for professional learning for the 2021-2022 school year
  • SCECHs available to teacher for the professional learning workshops

High School—AP Computer Science Principles

  • Curriculum is a best fit for 10th – 12th grades
  • Professional learning provides five days of summer training with four follow-up school-year workshops
  • The teachers in professional learning are part of a cohort
  • To qualify for the professional learning, schools need to commit to offering at least two trimesters (or a full year for semester-based schools) of the CS Principles Course (100+ hours) in fall, 2019
  • The Code.org AP Course Audit is available at no cost to schools and is pre-approved by the College Board
  • Schools can offer this course as an AP course or not. Schools using the AP option score higher on the professional learning application
  • Virtual professional learning will be provided for the 2021-2022 school year
  • $100 per day stipends are provided for professional learning for the 2021-2022 school year
  • SCECHs available to teacher for the professional learning workshops

Now is the right time for schools considering the middle school or high school program to get the courses on their course catalog for fall, 2021. When teachers apply (applications opened January 12, 2021), they will be asked if their school is committed to running the class in the fall. Only schools that commit to offering the class can have teachers in professional learning at no cost.

Over 500 elementary and over 500 secondary teachers have been trained with Code.org since 2017.  There is an increasing number of AP CSP courses offered in the state each year.  Of the students in Michigan who took the AP CSP assessment in 2018, 65% were from classrooms taught by teachers in the Code.org professional learning program.  For teachers in the Code.org professional learning program in 2018, 79% of their students who took the AP CSP assessment scored a 3 or higher on the assessment.

For information on code.org programs in Michigan, please contact Larry Wyn (wynlar@gvsu.edu) or visit www.mi-coding.com.  At the www.mi-coding.com website, there is also a link to the application for the middle school and high school programs.  Apply early!  Seats are limited and teachers are accepted on a rolling basis.