How to Build and Sustain a Successful Computer Science Program

Dear K12 Educators:

The Milwaukee Tech Hub (MTH) vision is for the greater Milwaukee region to be nationally ranked home for people to thrive within a vibrant community built on innovation and technology. Tech dependent industries contributed to $27.6B in regional economic impact in 2017. It is critical that the emerging workforce has the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to thrive in this new economy.

This page has been developed by the MTH Education Workgroup to help educators step through a process and connect to the wide variety of resources available to build and independently sustain a high quality computer science program.

 

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STEP 1

Understand the WHY behind the case for change.  

  • Consider the data points you will track and identify your baseline as well as your goals for the future. Engage district administration and staff from multiple disciplines.  


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STEP 2

Connect to one or more of the programs in the greater Milwaukee region.

Ask yourself

  • What programs could be integrated into my school to encourage student participation?

  • Include co-curricular programming to reduce barriers to access and encourage staff engagement.  


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Step 3

Introduce computer science concepts to interested staff members across disciplines in K-12.

  • The overall goal of offering enough breadth and depth to support student interests and student success in a college level experience (such as AP CSP, AP CSA, IB, etc.)  There are many new options to help educators gain confidence in their ability to teach computer science, including access to full curriculum, without an immediate need for additional licensure.


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Step 4

Work towards a portable Wisconsin CS 405/1405 license

  • Offer incentives and support for your staff to be successful


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Step 5

Connect to the regional, state and national network of CS educators

  • Engage your counseling team to encourage students along the way.


Be an Ambassador

Remember that preparing students for an innovation economy continually disrupted by technological advances requires that they are aware of the changing worlds of higher education and work.  Be an ambassador for change in your school’s Academic and Career Planning process so that all students are selecting appropriate coursework that supports the development of human, technological and data literacy skills.

Please contact MTH.Education@gmail.com with any questions and/or requested revisions to this page.  For more information about the Milwaukee Tech Hub initiative: