The College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics at McNeese State University recently hosted a workshop for over 27 middle and high school teachers from across the state of Louisiana to continue their computer science education training using the Code.org curriculum in their classrooms.
McNeese is partnered with Code.org to serve as Louisiana’s only Code.org regional partner. This collaboration promotes computer science education to K-12 students – and their teachers – throughout Southwest Louisiana and around the state.
So far this year, the college has already hosted four workshops throughout Louisiana for over 60 teachers.
According to Dr. Catherine Anderson, assistant professor of computer science at McNeese, this is the first year Louisiana has had a regional partner.
“Serving Louisiana educators through Code.org means it is our responsibility to organize workshops and motivate local school districts to support their teachers seeking the knowledge to bring computer science education to their schools,” explains Dr. Anderson.
She also says additional workshops will be offered over the remaining school year as part of a yearlong professional development program.
Dr. Tim Hall, dean of the college, adds, “We see this work today as an investment in our communities that will benefit today’s teachers and students as well as our long-term educational process.”