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.
How to Build and Sustain a Successful Computer Science Program
Note that these steps are fluid and vary on a school-by-school basis. Please use the resources that best meet your and your students’ needs.
Understand the WHY behind the case for change AND PRESENT IT TO SCHOOL/DISTRICT LEADERSHIP
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.
Connect to one or more of these programs in the greater Milwaukee region
What Computer Science/tech programs or clubs could be integrated into my school to encourage student participation? Note that these could be offered during the day or across curriculums to reduce access barriers.
What offsite career-based learning offerings can I share with interested students and parents?
Introduce computer science concepts to interested staff members across disciplines in K-12
Each school will approach this differently, but the goal is to offer 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.
Work towards a portable Wisconsin CS 405/1405 license
Be ahead of the curve by ensuring that your school offers Computer Science (CS), taught by a fully licensed CS teacher. Offer incentives and support for staff to be successful in gaining licensure.
Note that this is a required license for most high school Computer Science teachers in Wisconsin – See more details through Department of Public Instruction HERE.
Connect to the regional, state and national network of CS educators
Engage your entire school staff including your counseling team and school leadership to ensure students have knowledge support and resources throughout the building.
Connect with other networks via the button below, but especially the statewide Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA) Wisconsin Dairyland network.
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.