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Computer Science for All Elementary Students
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Breakout
Room: Galleria III (Hilton Portland Downtown)
Format: Concurrent Session - 60 Minutes
Track: Large District
Primary Essential Skill: Instructional Focus & Professional Development
Secondary Essential Skill: Leadership and Vision
Primary Audience: School System Administrators
Brief Session Description: Rooted in a recognition of the critical importance of computational thinking skills for our students' success, and the alignment between these skills and the kinds of learners we strive to graduate, two years ago the Springfield Public Schools (MA) embarked on an effort to ensure that all students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, would be taught computer science. Knowing that students decide in elementary school what they enjoy and what they are "good at," we began the work in elementary school. This session will focus on the District's ongoing work, done through a Research Practitioner Partnership with the University of Massachusetts, to design and implement lessons in K through 5th grade that integrate computer science and computational thinking standards into instruction alongside other content areas.
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate



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