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RECOMMENDATION T RANSFORM ACTION 9

Build systems capacity to create more CS teachers at all levels, and specifically invest in CS faculty within colleges of education

Teachers well-prepared in CS are in critically short supply. Supporting the professional development of CS teachers is essential for meeting educational policy requiring CS for all students.eachers is essential for meeting educational policy requiring CS for all students.

HIGH LEVERAGE POINTS

education policy
cs teachers

CHANGE AGENTS

CEOs
CEOs
C-Suite
C-Suite
Organizations
Organizations
Educators
Educators

IN SUMMARY

9.1

Create CS education capacity in the schools that prepare teachers.

9.2

Advocate for and support teacher certification in colleges of education.

9.3

Prepare existing teachers to teach CS.

9.4

Work at an industry level to retain CS teachers.

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STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN PRESERVICE TEACHER PREPARATION IN CS

Every teacher at every level should have a foundational understanding of computer science. At Michigan State University, for example, Dr. Aman Yadav transformed the educational technology course for new teachers to include foundational learning in CS and computational thinking. To increase CS education access for students with disabilities, he integrated CS and computational thinking into two required courses for special-education teachers. Yet very few colleges of education have faculty dedicated to the preparation of teachers in CS. Meanwhile, the bulk of K-12 CS education research is taking place in colleges of engineering and computer science, which are often disconnected from colleges of education.

Investing in CS education capacity within schools of education ensures that new teachers graduate prepared in CS, builds the field of CS education research in the colleges that prepare teachers, and incubates a pipeline of Ph.D. candidates to populate other colleges of education. Further, directing these investments to institutions that prepare high percentages of teachers of color will seed the next generation of CS education leaders with teachers of color—a critical need-—as well as rapidly graduate large numbers of teachers prepared to teach CS in all classrooms. Contact CSforED@csforall.org to get started.

Investing in CS education capacity within schools of education ensures that new teachers graduate prepared in CS, builds the field of CS education research in the colleges that prepare teachers, and incubates a pipeline of Ph.D. candidates to populate other colleges of education.

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Model and incentivize inclusive leadership
ACTION 1
Increase Expertise
ACTION 2
Establish Business Imperative
Operationalize DEI throughout the business
ACTION 3
Resource DEI
ACTION 4
Redesign Systems
ACTION 5
Apply DEI to Products
Share DEI data, metrics, and goals
ACTION 6
Share Data
ACTION 7
Set Public Goals
Transform pathways into tech for under-represented talent
ACTION 8
Advocate for CS
ACTION 9
Create More CS Teachers
ACTION 10
Invest in Organizations