The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE, formerly the International Council for Computers in Education) and Code.org have formed a partnership to create and offer more opportunities for educators interested in teaching computer science.
The partnership, called the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Education, will provide educators access to Code.org's courses and discounted ISTE membership.
The goal of the collaboration is to drive a cultural shift so that more teachers identify with computer science skills, says Carolyn Sykora with ISTE's Standards Department.
Although the demand for properly trained teachers has spiked due to the unprecedented interest in computer science, the shortage of trained teachers is one of the biggest hurdles in expanding access to computer science education in U.S. schools, says Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi.
Separately, 16 state governors have joined a coalition to advance computer science education in their states, and more than 12 used their recent State of the State addresses to emphasize advances.
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