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CUE Supported Legislation Approved by Gov Brown

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Assembly Bill 2329, Computer Science Plan by Assemblywoman Bonilla was signed by Governor Brown September 27th, 2016. This bill was actively supported by CUE as well as most of the education associations potentially part of the Coalition mentioned in this article. The bill requires State Superintendent Torlakson to convene an advisory panel to prepare recommendations for a K-12 Computer Science Strategic Implementation (CCSSI) Plan to be adopted by the State Board of Education and implemented by the California Department of Education on or before July 1, 2018.

The CCSSI Plan would provide recommendations to address:

  1. Provision of professional development for education in computer science
  2. Teacher certification pathways in computer science
  3. Defining computer science education principles to meet needs of K-12 students
  4. Ensure all pupils have access to computer science from K-post secondary education
  5. Ensure school districts have adequate broadband connectivity and infrastructure
  6. Ensure school districts have hardware and software
  7. Increase participation of underserved pupils in computer science education

The 23-member panel is to include:  Six K-12 teachers, representatives of the State Superintendent, Governor, Senate, and Assembly, the CTC, private sector technology industry, UC, CSU, Community Colleges, private colleges, county offices of education, the Instructional Quality Commission, STEM education representatives, school administrators, a public school pupil, a parent organization, and the National Computer Science Teachers Association. Click here to see the text and legislative history for AB 2329.

Funding for Computer Science: The bill states that if State or Federal funding is not available, the Panel will investigate the process and ability to accept grants and accept public and private donations to fund the convening the

CUE 2016 Student Showcase photo credit Danny Silva

2016 CUE Student-Powered Showcase
photo credit: Danny Silva, CUE

Panel and preparing the Plan. The bill supports President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, which provides Federal funding for the next three years for states to increase access to computer science education in elementary and secondary education classrooms. Under the program, states would submit comprehensive five-year “Computer Science for All” plans in order to be eligible for federal funding. In addition to state-level grants, the Federal budget allocates competitive grant funding for districts to execute computer science education expansion efforts to serve as models for national replication.

Computer Science Standards Defined: The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is a professional association that supports and encourages education in the field of computer science and related areas. CSTA has developed Computer Science Standards which provide the foundation for a complete computer science curriculum and its implementation at the K–12 level which are found at: http://csta.acm.org/Curriculum/sub/K12Standards.html  The CSTA Standards are intended to:

  1. Introduce the fundamental concepts of computer science to all students, beginning at the elementary school level.
  2. Present computer science at the secondary school level in a way that can fulfill a computer science, math, or science graduation credit.
  3. Encourage schools to offer additional secondary-level computer science courses that will allow interested students to study facets of computer science in more depth and prepare them for entry into the work force or college.
  4. Increase the availability of rigorous computer science for all students, especially those who are members of underrepresented groups.

The Panel will be able to refer to the CSTA Computer Science Standards because CSTA will have a representative on the Panel. Given the work already done in this area by CSTA and others, it seems that the panel would not have difficulty completing its work well before the July 1, 2018 deadline as stated in SB 2329. CUE actively supported AB 2329 and submitted support letters urging the Governor to sign it. It is suggested that the next steps would be to work with the CDE and Assemblywoman Bonilla to enable CUE to have a representative on the advisory panel as described in the bill.

If you are an active CUE member and would like to participate in CUE’s efforts to support implementation of this bill, please contact John at the email below.

cradlerJohn Cradler is a legislative policy consultant with CUE and works with the CUE board, staff, and Legislative Advocacy Committee to advise on policy, legislation, and other public initiatives to support CUE’s mission and vision. He can be reached at jcradler@cue.org and cradler@earthlink.net

What is IEC, you say?

CUE, along with Fresno Pacific University, has put together an amazing six month online Innovative Educator Certificate (IEC) program devoted to meeting your educational technology needs. Many schools have invested in various tech tools including tablets and laptops. This influx of technology has left many teachers with the desire to learn more about these tools and the drive to use technology in new and bold ways. The IEC program is designed to answer and drive that desire.

And now, here are the….

Top Eight Reasons to Become Certifiably Innovative With IEC!

  1. Google Educator Level 1 Certificate. Through this course you will have the opportunity to earn your Google Educator Level 1 Certificate.
  2.  Leading Edge Certification for the Online & Blended TeacherLeading Edge Certification. Leading Edge Certification for Online and Blended Teacher is built into the course.
  3. Confidence! New technology can be intimidating. However, with the support of cohort members and pedagogical tools, you will begin to feel comfortable and confident in your implementation of new tools, ideas, and methods. And with confidence comes risk and with risk comes growth and greater risk.
  4. Transform your teaching. IEC provides a hands-on, practical approach to using technology in the classroom. Each class allows participants to use their newly acquired knowledge in their classrooms immediately. Watch how your teaching grows over the six months. Watch your students thrive and be inspired by your innovations.
  5. Grow your PLN. Each cohort consists of no more than 20 participants. This allows for strong collaborations and discussions. Along with cohort members, many sessions are lead by Google Certified Innovators, Google Education Trainers, CUE Rock Stars, and Apple Distinguished Educators. Participants will join a private G+ community to discuss, collaborate, and share ideas.
  6. Leadership. The more you learn throughout the courses, the more excited you will become. You will begin sharing your ideas with others at your site. Many times, others will begin to seek out your knowledge.You become the leader, mentor and guide for others around you. ‘Paying it forward’ has never been so rewarding.IEC Badge
  7. The Badge! Everyone loves recognition. After completing all courses and coursework, you receive an IEC badge which you can then display on your blog, website, and email signature.
  8. 18 Units. Not only are all  of the instructors top-notch educators, you also earn 18 graduate level units. Nine of these units can transfer to an FPU’s Master Program. 

There has been a high interest in the Fall 2016 Cohort, and the previous Spring’s cohort filled up quickly. If you’re interested check out CUE IEC at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference – Friday, October 28, at 11:00 am in room D161, or contact Jon Corippo at jcorippo@cue.org. Can’t wait for you to join us!

Join us for every #CUEIEC twitter chat on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pst. Each chat lasts a half hour. Our next chat is Thursday, October 6.


nowakowskiLisa is a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, Leading Edge Certified (Online & Blended Learning, Digital Educator), 2016 Apple Teacher, ClassDojo Mentor and presenter. She has helped others through her blog: NowaTechie.com. In 2010 Lisa was awarded the Crystal Apple Award sponsored by the local NBC affiliate. In 2015, she was Teacher of the Year at King City Arts Magnet. She has been an Ed Tech innovator in her district for over 15 years. Lisa currently teaches 5th grade. As a district technology leader, she pioneered 1:1 Chromebooks in her district. Most recently, she has launched a podcast with Nancy Minicozzi (@coffeenancy) name – T.L.C. – Tech. Learn. Coffee.

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