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Mission

We believe that computer science should be offered in every school in Kentucky, grades K-12.  We develop partnerships to create and manage professional development solutions for teachers at every level.

Vision

To be recognized as the leading provider of quality computer science professional development for Kentucky teachers.

What We Do

  • manage the KSTC Code.org Regional Partnership
  • support AdvanceKentucky AP Computer Science Teachers

 

Professional Learning Opportunities

Guidelines for All Applicants

  • Successful applicants will teach the course to one or more sections of students
    • CS Discoveries: 6th - 10th grades
    • CS Principles: 9th - 12th grades
  • Successful applicants will attend, at a minimum, the workshops of the Professional Learning Program that correspond with the units they plan to teach in 2020-21.
  • The applicant's school intends to offer the course in the 2020-21 school year.
  • The applicant has not previously participated in the Code.org Professional Learning Program for which they are applying.
  • This course will be the first time CS is being offered as a course at the applicant's school, OR this course will expand the CS offerings at the applicant's school and does not replace a similar CS course.
  • Applicants teaching CSP as an AP® course will be prioritized over non-AP CSP courses.

CS Scholarship Requirements

To qualify for a scholarship, the teacher's school must meet at least one of the following requirements also

  • Greater than or equal to 50% of the school's population are underrepresented minorities in CS.
  • For schools designated as non-rural, greater than or equal to 50% of the school's population are eligible for free and reduced lunch meals.
  • For schools designated as rural, greater than or equal to 40% of the school's population are eligible for free and reduced lunch meals.

About the Program

Whether you are new to teaching computer science (CS) or have experience teaching other CS courses, the AdvanceKentucky Professional Learning Program is designed to promote growth by providing space for you to become familiar with curricular materials, CS content, and pedagogy.  The program supports teachers with diverse teaching backgrounds as they prepare to teach either of the following courses:

  • (AP®) Computer Science Principles for Grades 9-12: For high school teachers, grades 9-12, AdvanceKentucky offers intensive, high-quality professional development for the Code.org CS Principles curriculum.
  • Computer Science Discoveries for Grades 6-10: For middle or high school teachers, grades 6-10 AdvanceKentucky offers intensive high-quality professional development for the Code.org CS Discoveries curriculum.

Great News!!

AdvanceKentucky has aligned the Kentucky Academic Standards for Computer Science with the Code.org curriculum.  For a PDF of this standards alignment, click on one of the course links below:

These documents are also available on our resource page.

Latest News

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Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But only 45% of all high schools teach computer science. The good news is, we’re on our way to change this! If you've heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history.

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January 29, 2019 - Fayette County Public Schools was recognized by Charter Communications and AdvanceKentucky for their commitment to the expansion of computer science throughout the district at the Academies at Bryan Station in Lexington on January 15, 2019.  Ten (10) Computer Science t

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Applications for the 2019-20 school year are now open for the AdvanceKentucky Professional Learning Program, in cooperation with Code.org.

Computer Science Fundamentals for Grades K-5

For elementary school teachers, grades K-5, AdvanceKentucky offers high quality, one-day professional development for the Code.org CS Fundamentals curriculum.  Workshops can be brought to schools and school districts at no cost or teachers may sign up for public workshops offered in Kentucky using the Code.org website.

Learn More

Professional Learning Opportunity for K-5 Teachers

New Haven School CSF Intro Workshop Dec 9 2019

Register for this workshop.