The New York City Department of Education, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC), and Code.org today announced a partnership to expand computer science instruction in City schools beginning in fall 2014. With a new $1 million investment, comprised of both public and private funds, 120 teachers will be trained over three years in computer science and coding, which will allow individual schools across the City to expand their course offerings. Sixty high school teachers will begin participating in the training sessions in spring 2014, with new classes for students expected to launch starting in the fall across the five boroughs. After the trainings are initiated, the DOE expects to further expand the program to the elementary and middle grades in years to come. Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott was joined by Code.org founder Hadi Partovi, President of NYCEDC Kyle Kimball, and Executive Director of CSNYC Evan Korth for the announcement at the American Sign Language and English Secondary School in Manhattan.
At the announcement, Chancellor Walcott participated with students in the nationwide “Hour of Code,” a one-hour introductory computer science program, which raises awareness of the importance of coding in the 21st century. The school was also awarded a check for $10,000 from Code.org for its participation in the “Hour of Code,” which it is using to purchase new computers.
“We have been national leaders in our expansion of and emphasis on computer science because these are the skills required for success in the 21st Century,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said. “With innovative programs and partnerships, we are continuing to transform our schools and focus on preparing students for college and careers. I want to thank Code.org and CSNYC for their commitment to City students.”
The City has made extraordinary investments in coding over the last several years. In 2012, the City opened the Academy for Software Engineering, which last year achieved overwhelming demand with over 1,450 applicants for just 108 9th grade seats. In September 2013, the DOE opened a second school, the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering. In addition, this fall the DOE launched a Software Engineering Pilot program, in which 1,500 students receive comprehensive computer science and software engineering curricula, resources, and support.
For the last two years, the City’s NYCEDC, in partnership with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, has hosted NYC Generation Tech, a program designed to provide high school students across New York City with education and mentorship in technology and entrepreneurship. Participating students have attended an intensive summer boot camp which teaches coding languages as well as entrepreneurship fundamentals. As a result, the students gained exposure to New York City’s steadily emerging tech sector, while learning to use design software and build mobile apps.
“Mayor Bloomberg is committed to preparing our students for the jobs of the future, and giving them opportunities to study computer science is an increasingly important part of that,” Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel said. “Today’s exciting partnership will build on the nearly 30 schools where we’ve already introduced computer science, continue that progress and support future economic development in New York City for years to come.”
“Bringing STEM to the forefront of our school system is a tremendous step toward preparing today's students for future success,” said NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball. “This initiative is one of many that will help students become leaders in the field, fostering talent and initiating growth in the technology and innovation world.”
“Partnering with the largest school district in the United States is a great step forward towards our vision of bringing computer science to every student in every school,” said Code.org founder Hadi Partovi. “Computer science offers students a pathway to some of the best jobs in the country. This is not only a course you study to get a job as an engineer; it’s a fundamental course for our future nurses, doctors, lawyers, and even future presidents.”
“In the past two years we introduced new computer science programs into twenty eight NYC schools. This partnership with code.org and the DOE will triple that number and bring us closer to CSNYC’s goal of making the best of breed computer science curricula available to every student in the NYC public school system,” said Fred Wilson, Chairman of CSNYC.
The partnership with Code.org and CSNYC will allow the DOE to expand the work of the Blended Learning Institute, a two-year certificate program launched by the DOE’s iZone last spring to prepare teachers to lead 21st-century classrooms. The program aims to develop teachers’ ability to integrate digital tools and online content into their instruction through a blended learning format, combining face-to-face and online instruction. Teachers participating in this $1 million expansion within the Blended Learning Institute will be prepared to teach computer science and coding, while continuing to focus on personalization and blended learning.
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to growing computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. The vision of Code.org is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. Code.org believes computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education
The NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC) is a non-profit (501c3) with a simple mission: Ensure that all children in the NYC public schools have access to computer science education that will put them on a pathway to academic success and a 21st century career.
New York City Economic Development Corporation
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities.