FCASD Recognized by White House for Commitment to Computer Science!
Fox Chapel Area one of only three school districts in the nation highlighted in a White House Fact Sheet
The Fox Chapel Area School District has been recognized by the White House for its commitment to computer science education! The announcement came as part of President Barack Obama’s weekly address on January 30, 2016. As part of that address, he announced his Computer Science for All Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to bring an expanded computer science curricula to all K-12 students. Only three school districts from across the nation, including the Fox Chapel Area School District, were highlighted in a Fact Sheet from the White House which was released January 30. Another district highlighted was the Broward County Public Schools, the nation’s sixth largest public school system. The Fact Sheet stated, “Additionally, elementary-school students in the Fox Chapel Area School District (FCASD) in Pennsylvania will engage in a full coding curriculum in 2016-2017, and teachers in the middle and high schools of FCASD will be provided free regional professional-development opportunities in the areas of CS, coding, and digital fabrication.” Among other innovative computer science initiatives, Fox Chapel Area High School will offer the new Principles of Computer Science Advanced Placement (AP) class when it launches in the fall of 2016, as well as the AP exam in that course. The Allegheny Intermediate Unit was also recognized for its commitment to computer science education.
In his weekly address from the White House, President Obama discussed the Computer Science for All Initiative and how it will ensure that students can compete in a high-tech, global economy. He stated that he will seek funding from Congress so that elementary, middle, and high schools can provide more opportunities in general. The President’s Computer Science for All Initiative calls for $4 billion in funding for states, and $100 million specifically for school districts so that they can train teachers, expand access to high-quality instructional materials, and build effective regional partnerships. In addition, over the next five years, more than $135 million in investments are expected to be made by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support and train teachers who are the most critical ingredient to offering computer science education in schools.