Providing Computer Science Education to Teachers at the NYC-DoE’s STEM Institute

On April 26-28, Globaloria was invited by the NYC Department of Education to host a Workshop at its Spring STEM Institute, to engage NYC educators in STEM and Computer Science Learning.

The NYC STEM Institute is offered by the DoE to provide professional learning opportunities to 300 educators in their efforts to identify and develop a STEM-focused approach to learning and teaching that supports student achievement.

Every year, teams of 2-3 teachers from NYC schools are granted the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on interactive workshops.

Brenetha Chung

This is the 2nd year of Globaloria partnership with the NYC-DoE STEM Institute. In the Globaloria Workshop, educators were introduced to Computer Science concepts, encouraged to use computational tools and the programming language JavaScript to think in innovative ways on solving problems with tech-tools, through design and coding educational games. By going through one of the Globaloria courses, educators explore (often for their first time) computer science, game design and coding. They also learn how to use the Globaloria platform for teaching in a blended-learning style, and using experts-on-demand virtually during their own learning and that of their students.

“In July, these teachers will return to complete their training on how to integrate CS learning into their classrooms and differentiate for a variety of learners,” said Crystal Wirth, Globaloria Director of Programs and Professional Development in NYC. “They will eventually walk away with complete mastery of CS concepts and tools needed to implement engaging courses on computer science, game design and coding.” Globaloria CS courses are aligned with Common Core Math and ELA, as well as CSTA standards, and the new CS-K12 Framework.

This school year 2015-2016, Globaloria operates in 661 classrooms in 15 states. Starting with one NYC school in 2012, Globaloria has partnered with a total of 33 schools to date, trained 48 educators, and engaged 3,217 students in Globaloria courses and activities. 1,739 students are currently participating in Globaloria courses in this school year.

Read about how Andrea Chaves, a pioneering Globaloria High School Educator was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Computer Science Education.

Read about her NYC Globaloria Students being interviewed by UniVision, giving a talk at the Global Forum on Girls’ Education, winning a prestigious M.I.T. Award, and receiving a ESA LOFT Video Game Fellowship Grant for their Globaloria coursework.

Rene Munoz

Globaloria Team at the NYC DoE Spring STEM Institute 2016 at Stuyvesant High School

Globaloria Team at the NYC DoE Spring STEM Institute 2016 at Stuyvesant High School

Globaloria Program Director Crystal Wirth helping NYC Educator Cathy Ann Williams

Globaloria Program Director Crystal Wirth helping NYC Educator Cathy Ann Williams

At the end of the workshop, teachers provided their personal feedback about their STEM-CS learning experiences:
STEM Institute Collage

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