Savannah-Chatham is one of 17 school districts in the state of Georgia to be awarded a grant by the Georgia Department of Education to help implement middle-school computer coding programs. The funds, approved by the State Board of Education based on Superintendent Woods’ recommendation, are specifically targeting middle schools in rural, underserved, or high-poverty school clusters.
SCCPSS will receive $25,000 in funding for equipment, training, curriculum, and teacher professional development. The grant is part of CS4GA
, the Georgia Department of Education’s initiative focused on making Georgia a national leader in the computer science movement by developing and delivering high-quality courses, resources and professional learning; increasing the number of CS endorsements held by educators; and expanding the integration of CS throughout the K-12 curriculum.
Every Georgia school district was eligible to apply for up to four school-based grants. Funding recipients whose applications met the requirements were selected through a competitive award process. Superintendent Woods has also announced that all Georgia schools will have access to three new middle school computer science courses. Based on his recommendation, the State Board of Education approved standards for Foundations of Secure Information Systems, Foundations of Computer Programming, and Foundations of Interactive Design.
The course standards were developed based on public feedback, including opportunities for public comment and participation from educators, business and industry representatives, parents, and advocates.