November 6, 2017
Contact: Carl Smith
Left: Mike Mulvihill, Mississippi Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education bureau director, speaks to educators and stakeholders Nov. 3 in Canton.
The RCU facilitated a kickoff meeting Friday [Nov. 3] in Canton for the Mississippi Department of Education’s (MDE) Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) initiative, which aims to bolster students’ and teachers’ knowledge and capabilities of computing.
Friday’s event was part of the CS4MS Network Improvement Community (NIC), which will identify, develop, and deliver professional development for teachers who provide instruction in the secondary computer science course, Exploring Computer Science (ECS).
The meeting brought together educators and professionals from across the state to help begin crafting action plans for the initiative.
The NIC will also work with Mississippi State University partners in the College of Education, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development to create licensure for a secondary education degree with a concentration in computer science.
Professional development for educators will provide a level of self-efficacy to allow them to confidently and adequately teach the ECS course, and the MDE-university partnership will also work to establish an endorsement pathway and for in-service teachers and an alternate route for industry professionals who desire to teach at the secondary level.
The RCU continues to lead computer science training in Mississippi and was named a Code.org regional partner. That distinction allows the RCU to have access to more resources to aid schools, including RCU staff training from Code.org, networking with other regional partners, and sharing additional materials with schools.
To learn more about the CS4MS initiative, visit cs4ms.org.