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To solve for diversity in the software workforce, and to nurture code literacy across our entire region, the key is: empowering elementary and middle school teachers to include coding activities in the curricular day.
Albany Can Code has partnered with districts in the Cap Region, reaching more than one hundred K-12 educators in 2017. In workshops on the relevance and accessibility of code literacy and CS learning, we have trained Superintendents, Principals, Guidance Counselors, Instructional Technologist. Library-Media Specialists, Teachers and TA’s to feel confident in using coding in their classrooms and buildings.
With PD for elementary school teachers, including lesson plans an in-class support from young education majors at local universities, we have launched Scratch coding projects that fit into the curricular day for 2nd-5th grade classes in ELA, Science, Art, Music. We are currently developing Python coding activities for 6th-7th grade classes. The design and implementation of each activity ensures links to State Ed and ISTE standards, takes cues from CS For All and CSTA scaffolding, yet meets teachers and students where they are. As we see it, the goal isn’t to let kids do a little coding.
The goals of our K12 programs are:
Made possible by a grant from Verizon. Supported by additional grants from CapCom FCU, MVP Healthcare, and Arts Center of the Capital Region. Original Art by Ira Marcks, project concept and implementation by Albany Can Code. Thank you especially to teachers Jen Adams, Alycia Applebaum, Diane Dewey; Principal John Alvey, and East Greenbush School District Superintendent Jeff Simons. Special thanks to the 5th graders of Donald P Sutherland Elementary School in Nassau, New York, who used SCRATCH to make an animated / gamified report on Gary Paulsen’s book Hatchet