Teachers Take Free Skills Course to Bring Computers to Kansas Schools

KANSAS (KSNW) — Only 1/3 of high schools in Kansas teach a computer science course, but that may soon change thanks to Koch Industries and Code.org.

Teachers across the state are taking a skills course to bring a computer class to their school, and it’s all free.

This comes just before high schools are required to have a computer science course in Kansas for the 2023-2024 school year.

“Learning it now can kind of give everyone a year to get their feet wet, experiment and practice before implementing it next year. So this discovery course in computing once our teachers will have completed their one-week, four-term PD, they will be able to implement this course in a secondary school and meet this requirement, said Sara Roberts, Facilitator of Code.org.

They hope children of all ages can learn something new through these new classes.

Computer science is the new literacy, and the more you give students these different skills and knowledge, the more empowered they feel to go in their future careers,” said Aly Hethcoat, Maize’s virtual preparatory teacher.

Nearly 100 Kansas teachers will teach this course hosted by Code.org.

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