The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and the Los Rios Community College District are teaming up to introduce more high school students to computer science. The goal of the new initiative, called “CSforSAC 24 in 24,” is to introduce 24 new high school computer science pathways over the course of 24 months. CSforSAC is a local network of educators from the Sacramento region focused on expanding computer science education, ensuring it is accessible to all students, including those who are traditionally underrepresented: girls, low-income students, and students of color.
The “CSforSAC 24 in 24” initiative will lead to at least two computer science courses at schools in districts across seven counties in the Sacramento region. SCOE will provide school districts with technical assistance, curriculum and instructional support, staff development, plus legal and financial advice.
During the 2018–19 and 2019–20 school years, CSforSAC summits will provide professional learning opportunities for administrators and teachers. In addition, the partners will host twice-yearly conferences for high school teachers, community college faculty, and industry representatives to discuss strategies to align instruction with work-based learning.
SCOE will provide new computer science teachers with resources to recruit a diverse range of students, plus materials to encourage students to pursue computer science in college. It will also host quarterly meetings for the Computer Science Teachers Association Sacramento Chapter.