CorNELL tECH HELPS 217 GET SELECTED FOR Elementary School Computer Science Pilot: SEp JR "Software Engineering Program"
From: Diane Levitt Cornell Tech Sr. Director of K12 Education
PS/IS 217 has been admitted into the NYC Dept. of Education's Elementary School Computer Science Pilot! Over 115 schools applied for
approximately 10 slots.
As the elementary component of CS For All's Software Engineering Program (SEP), the curriculum is known as SEP Jr. According to the DOE:
The goals of the program are to increase the number of elementary school
students, particularly from traditionally underrepresented groups, who
learn computer science, and to develop students’ computational thinking and
problem solving skills in real-world contexts...SEP Jr. will help schools to
introduce technology as a tool for creative expression and problem solving
through the use of tablets, computers and robots. SEP Jr. will introduce students to fundamental CS topics that will prepare them for the transition to more advanced computing in middle and high school while developing skills that are useful across subject areas, such as collaboration and persistence.
PS/IS 217 is sending three teachers to the SEP Jr. training this summer. They will alsoparticipate in additional training throughout next year. The DOE will provide in-schoolsupport for the program as well. These teachers will eventually train others at PS/IS 217, so that SEP Jr. will eventually reach all grades PK-5.
SEP Jr. is the DOE's first major elementary school program in CS For All, the mayor';s 10-year public/private partnership to integrate computing education at all schools. Cornell Tech could not be prouder of PS/IS 217 for winning a spot in the pilot.
In other news, Cornell Tech computer science education consultant Kelly Brandon is inthe middle of a four-day residence at PS/IS 217, working with 5th and 6th grade teachers to create and lead lessons that integrate computer science into math and science curriculum.
Please join us at the Town Hall on June 13 at 6:30pm in the Manhattan Park TheaterClub, 8 River Road. You'll learn more about the construction of our new campus and the growth of our graduate school programs. I'll share what we've done at PS/IS 217 this year, and some exciting news for the year ahead.
I want to say a big thanks to the school and PTA leadership for their great work on behalf of the students of PS/IS 217 this year. I hope everyone has a great summer!
Learn more: http://sepnyc.org/sepjr/