In support of Computer Science Education Week 2016, the White House has announced new commitments involving implementing computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) in K-12 education that build on President Barack Obama's Computer Science for All (CSforAll) initiative. The largest new commitment comes from the U.S. National Science Foundation, which will invest $20 million in CSforAll: Researcher Practitioner Partnerships for fiscal year 2017, in addition to a $25-million investment in FY 2016. The program was created to better understand how to provide K-12 teachers with the preparation, professional development, and ongoing support they will need to teach and integrate CS and CT into their classrooms.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education is expanding the scale and scope of its 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a $1.1-billion formula grant program that helps students in high-poverty and low-performing schools receive academic and enrichment opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. The program has expanded to 200 sites across 25 states and will involve several federal agencies. In addition, the U.S. National Science and Technology Council will develop a CSforAll strategic framework to guide federal efforts for the initiative.
More than 250 different organizations have pledged support for CSforAll, including state and local government agencies, nonprofits, and private companies.
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