Infosys Foundation USA and CSTA Announce Continuing Professional Development Pipeline
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Posted by: Chris Crucetti
Infosys Foundation USA (http://www.infosys.org/infosys-foundation-usa/) and CSTA, the Computer Science Teachers Association (www.csteachers.org), are pleased to announce the creation of a Continuing Professional Development Pipeline project.
The pipeline will provide valuable resources for teachers, districts, professional development providers and students. The pipeline will create professional development-based communities, certify professional development completion in the form of digital badging certificates and track professional development over time using a digital portfolio that assists a teacher in selecting future professional development options. For more information about the Continuing Professional Development Pipeline, visit www.csteachers.org/page/CPDPipeline.
“As we prepare all our students for a very digital future, the role of CSTA as a valuable resource for CS teachers worldwide is increasingly significant. Infosys Foundation USA is pleased to support this distinguished organization in its endeavor to connect, support and grow the CS educator community globally.” says Vandana Sikka, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation USA.
The funds support the establishment of new positions at CSTA focusing on professional development. “Many K-12 teachers are new to teaching computer science, but come from the ranks of existing teachers. They already know how to teach, and now they need to learn how to teach content in a field that is new to them. CSTA’s Continuing Professional Pipeline Project enables K-12 teachers to grow their confidence and competence at teaching computer science,” said Mark Nelson, Executive Director of CSTA.
Infosys Foundation USA and CSTA are excited to begin this partnership, focusing on teacher-related professional development. As the need for computer science education continues to grow, it is important teachers have dependable resources.
“The leadership of Infosys Foundation USA has made transformative impacts across the K-12 computer science education landscape. CSTA is honored to deepen our relationship with the Foundation through the pipeline, giving computer science teachers the resources to be successful,” said Mark Nelson.
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About Infosys Foundation USA
Infosys Foundation USA is focused on bridging the digital divide in America by supporting high quality computer science education and coding skills with a particular focus on underrepresented communities. It aims to give children and young adults the skills they need to become creators, not just consumers, of technology. In pursuit of this mission the Foundation has partnered with internationally acclaimed non-profits and institutions like Code.org, New York Academy of Sciences, DonorsChoose.org, and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Infosys Foundation USA committed a million dollars to the Infy Maker Awards to inspire makers across the U.S. to demonstrate creative excellence in making projects with genuine impact. Learn more at http://www.infosys.org/infosys-foundation-usa/ and follow on Twitter @InfyFoundation or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/InfosysFoundationUSA.
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (www.acm.org) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.
CSTA, the Computer Science Teachers Association (www.csteachers.org), is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. The Association of Computing Machinery founded CSTA as part of its commitment to K-12 computer science education. CSTA provides opportunities for K–12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn.