State awards $500,000 to train teachers in computer science
Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education announced Tuesday more than $500,000 in awards from the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund to train K-12 teachers in public and private schools to teach computer science. The fund was established in 2017 and awards funding annually to pay for professional development including teachers’ training to teach specific computer science courses or earning university endorsements to teach computer science, according to a release. The fund is awarding 21 awards for 2021-22 to 136 school districts, private schools and Area Education Agencies that submitted proposals to serve multiple schools. According to the release, training that prepares educators to teach computer science in the next six to 12 months is a priority. A list of the award recipients is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website. Read more about STEM and computer science education initiatives in Iowa this year in this Business Record article.