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Focus Computer Science Funding on Teacher Training, Code.org Founder Says


Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org, speaking at the SETDA Leadership Summit.

Every dollar committed to computer science education should be channeled into teacher training, says Code.org founder Hadi Partovi.

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In an interview, Code.org founder Hadi Partovi says every dollar committed to computer science education should be channeled into teacher training, including all $200 million the Trump administration has authorized the U.S. Department of Education spend on science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science programs annually.

Partovi notes professional teacher development is the most cost-effective strategy for expanding computer science access, as there is tremendous value for the money--it only costs about $2,000 for a single teacher's training, which can benefit hundreds of students.

He notes 10,000 to 20,000 teachers join Code.org's free online learning platform every month, while Code.org is drawing girls, minorities, and lower-income students to computer science as well.

Partovi also advocates for revamping the teaching curriculum in addition to infrastructure. "If you'd start from scratch deciding what kids learn today, computer science would be on that menu for sure," he says. "There is no question."

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