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Filling the Pipeline For Computer Science Teachers


A workshop to help train computer science teachers.

A shortage of computer science teachers is impeding adoption of new computer science mandates for students.

Credit: Anne Todd Leftwich

A shortage of computer science teachers is impeding state and local educators' adoption of new computer science (CS) mandates for students.

Code.org's Cameron Wilson says the only recourse for providing school districts with sufficient CS teachers is to specify funding for CS education and teacher training. Wilson notes Code.org and other organizations are pressuring states "to think about allocating funding so they can take in-service teachers and prepare them to teach computer science."

School officials in some areas are helping to prepare teachers by implementing short training programs, including Code.org workshops.

The U.S. National Science Foundation also underwrites activities via the federal Computer Science for All program. Others say more initiatives are needed.

"We need targeted funding specifically for computer science education," says Indiana University's Anne Leftwich. "If we don't have targeted funding, school officials won't feel inclined to invest in computer science education."

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