Degreed and Computer Science Teachers Association Announce New Partnership
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Posted by: Sara-Becca Smith
Degreed, the world’s first career-long learning platform, today shared details of its new partnership with the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines at the K-12/pre university level. Offering the first-of-its-kind professional development (PD) platform for K-12 computer science teachers, the partnership between Degreed and CSTA is known as the Continuing Professional Development Pipeline (CPD Pipeline).
The CPD Pipeline is designed to address a key challenge in K-12 computer science education: growing the pool of teachers who are both competent and confident in teaching computer science concepts and practices. The CPD Pipeline is supported by a grant from Infosys Foundation USA.
CSTA designed the CPD Pipeline to include five core components, all of which Degreed offers. These components include: self-assessments of skills, interests and experience; personalized PD roadmaps to guide the process; digital badging, with support from Badgr; links to the computer science community to connect with other teachers, information on how to tackle challenges and celebrate wins; digital portfolios to showcase PD and manage career paths.
“The mission of CSTA is to empower and enable every computer science teacher to leave a legacy with their students,” said Mark Nelson, Ph.D., executive director for CSTA. “As we looked for a partner to help us launch the CPD Pipeline program, Degreed checked all the boxes, bringing to the table a well-developed contemporary perspective about professional development and how to train a workforce. Through our work together, CSTA and Degreed will be the first to bridge the gap between learning and development and K-12 computer science education.”
“In this day and age, computer science education is invaluable, which is just one of the reasons Degreed is so pleased to be working with CSTA – our first association partnership,” shared David Blake, CEO and co-founder of Degreed. “In leveraging Degreed, CSTA will be able to help any number of teachers advance their professional development and certification in computer science, in turn giving even more students access to the information and knowledge needed to build their own skills and expertise.”
To learn more about CPD Pipeline, visit: https://www.csteachers.org/page/CPDPipeline.
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 at the K-12/pre university level. The Association for Computing Machinery founded CSTA as part of its commitment to K-12/pre university 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.
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