Computer Science for All

January 11, 2019

Educators from across the region gathered at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES on January 11 for the last in a series of workshops offered by Curriculum & Instruction in partnership with CSforAll, an initiative aimed at enabling all students in grades K through 12 to achieve computer science literacy.

The initiative recognizes that computer science is a basic skill necessary for economic opportunity and social mobility in today’s rapidly changing world. Driven by an initial grant from the National Science Foundation, CSforAll’s goal is to “empower all US students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators in the digital economy, not just consumers, and to be active citizens in our technology-driven world.”
Programs ranged from a one-day workshop for districts looking to “dip their toes into” what it could look like to engage in a CSforAll initiative in their schools to a more robust implementation of the program including a series of visioning, planning and reflection workshops.

Julio Vazquez, Director of Instruction and Human Resources for North Salem CSD, felt that the “learning our group participated in forced us to pay attention to the subject of computer science and think about how we plan to roll it out in our district not just at the high school but also K-12.” He noted that integrating “computational thinking” across all subject areas was also a key to North Salem's goals of the CSforAll initiative.