Sacred Heart University announced its selection as the official partner of Code.org in Connecticut, joining a nationwide network of Regional Partners to support efforts to expand access to computer science in K-12 schools. Through this partnership, Sacred Heart University will provide quality professional development to Connecticut educators. Faculty members Dr. Cenk Erdil (Computer Science and Engineering) and Dr. Darcy Ronan (Education) will lead this partnership for Sacred Heart University. Through this partnership, Code.org will provide over $200,000 to fund professional learning programs for teachers through 2020, and Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education and School of Computer Science and Engineering will provide additional matching funds. Workshops will reach over area 100 teachers each year and will be led by Code.org trained facilitators, many of whom are local educators.
All Code.org materials are cloud-based, device-agnostic, and available free of charge to anyone under a Creative Commons license. They offer three curriculum programs- Computer Science Fundamentals, Discoveries, and Principles for elementary, middle, and high school students respectively. Code.org’s Computer Science Principles is an accredited Advanced Placement (AP) course. Workshops for elementary teachers are one day, offered throughout the year. Secondary teachers attend an intensive week-long summer workshop with four follow-on sessions the following school year. Information and registration for upcoming workshops can be found on Code.org's website.