Virginia First Lady Visits Suffolk Workshop

Virginia First Lady Visits Suffolk Workshop
Posted on 07/29/2019
Virginia's First Lady Pam Northram visited Col. Fred Cherry Middle School to learn more about the CodeVA organization's professional development for teachers.  

CodeVA is an educational non-profit organization created to promote computer science all across Virginia. Based in Richmond VA, its teacher training efforts and outreach to districts, parents and policymakers assumes a statewide footprint. CodeVA was founded with the principle that anyone can code, and that every Virginia child has a fundamental right to computer science literacy.

Since 2014, CodeVA has taken great strides in making computer science a priority for Virginia. In 2016, Virginia became the first state in the nation to pass sweeping computer science education reform. This law mandates that every Virginia child will receive access to essential computer science literacy – to include coding – from Kindergarten through graduation.

CodeVA seeks to build a strong, vibrant 21st century Virginia workforce by providing access to computer science education for every Virginian child. CodeVA believes that teachers supporting teachers is the best way to prepare Virginia’s classrooms to teach computer science. Its professional development model fosters teacher communities of practice. Its training classrooms use a Teach-Learn-Observe model that encourages collaboration and creativity. Training takes a practicum approach – training begins with a week-long summer institute, but in-person training continues, with teachers participating in nearly two years of professional development.

CodeVA focuses on deep content knowledge and Computer Science teaching strategies rather than on a product or passing fad. Computer science may be new to schools, but it is a well-established discipline.
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