The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is awarded an NSF grant to provide computer science education professional development to high school teachers in Ohio.
Dr. Nigamanth Sridhar, in collaboration with Dr. Debbie Jackson from the Dept. of Teacher Education, Dr. Santosh Misra from the Dept. of Computer and Information Science, and Dr. Karla Hamlen from the Dept. of Curriculum & Foundations, has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation in the amount of $814,886 for the project "Computing in Secondary Schools:, a project designed to provide computer science education professional development to high school teachers throughout the state of Ohio. Through participation in the project, high school teachers will become fluent in computational thinking and will develop the skills needed to teach the new AP CS Principles course. The teachers will be supported through access to course materials, pedagogy, mentoring, weekly telephone meetings, mid-year workshops and technical coaches. Teachers will also have access to an online knowledge repository, CS Learning Commons, which will be used to address challenges that arise and share best practices. This is the first and only program in the state of Ohio to prepare teachers for licensure in Computer Science. The project is a collaborative effort between Cleveland State University and the University of California, San Diego (which is awarded an additional $185,000).