• code.org
     
    HISD and Code.org entered a partnership agreement in December 2015 to roll out a comprehensive computer science/coding initiative to all campuses over three years. HISD added a second cohort of schools in academic year 2016-2017 further expanding access to quality computer science education to more students. Professional development for all cohort campuses took place in summer 2016 and year-long professional development continues in this fall beginning September 2016.  
     
    High School Program
     
    HISDcoded cohort 3 high schools will offer:
    •  AP Computer Science Principles.The newest College Board course that launched in fall 2016-17. The course introduces students to foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.
    • Computer Science Discoveries. An introductory Computer Science course launching in 2017-18 that aims to empower students in grades 7-9 to create authentic artifacts and engage with CS as a medium for creativity, communication, and problem solving. The course can be taught as a single semester (Units 1-3), two sequential semesters, a full-year course, or even integrated into existing technology classes. 
    The curriculum is available to anyone to teach. However, teachers accepted into the Code.org Professional Learning Program receive professional development from the Rice university School Mathematics Project to teach the course with success. Each year, HISD opens the application window for schools to join a new cohort. 
    For more information: email code@houstonisd.org
     
    Middle School Program
     
    HISDcoded Cohort 3 middle school students will acquire critical coding skills while learning the mathematics and science concepts they need for success in middle school and beyond. 
    • CS in Science is based on the Project Guts curriculum that uses computer science to teach middle school science content, as outlined in the following document: Project Guts at a Glance.  Like the mathematics program, Project Guts allows students to explore science concepts while simultaneously engaging in coding activities.  The program is aligned to science TEKS content standards (Project Guts Content TEKS) as well as science TEKS process standards (Project Guts Process TEKS).
    The curriculum is available to anyone to teach. However, teachers accepted into the Code.org Professional Learning Program receive professional development from the Rice university School Mathematics Project to teach the course with success. Each year, HISD opens the application window for schools to join a new cohort.
    For more information: email code@houstonisd.org
     
    Elementary School Program
     
    HISDcoded cohort 3 elementary schools will offer the Computer Science Fundamentals curriculum, which consists of multiple 20 lesson courses that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester.
     
    The curriculum is available to anyone to teach. In addition, Code.org professional development workshops are available throughout the year to help educators teach the course with success. Each year, HISD opens the application window for schools to join a new cohort. For more information: email code@houstonisd.org