Last night Thembi, Nicky and I attended the celebration of the first year of the CS in Schools program at the Capitol Theatre.
CS in Schools is a free industry-supported program for secondary school teachers. It helps teachers learn how to successfully teach coding. Nicky and Grant conducted an evaluation of the pilot in 2019 and in 2020 the work of the teachers will credentialed through the RMIT Creds program.
Hugh and Selina Williams, along with Kristy Kendall from Toorak College and Toan Huynh from John Monash Science School, established the initiative to help better support teachers around coding in secondary schools. Recruiting coding mentors from industries who release their staff to volunteer for the program one day a week, the program pairs these coding experts with teachers in the classroom to build confidence and capacity to teach coding.
The event was a great celebration, with Martin speaking positively about the strength of the connection between CS in Schools and RMIT. This is a really positive example of another innovative partnership for SoEd.