K-12 CS Initiative Mission and Vision
The K-12 Computer Science and Information Technology Initiative collaborative envisions a future in which:
• Students have agency to engage in strategic problem solving through the use of technology to improve society
• Computer science is an essential literacy in TK-12 education
• There is strong vertical alignment between K-12, Career Technical Education, college and industry
The K-12 Computer Science and Information Technology Initiative collaborative is a group of computer science advocates aiming to provide integrated, high quality computer science education throughout the region. The K-12 CS and IT Initiative collaborative will utilize our expertise, common experience and resources to address the need for an equitable, relevant computer science and ICT programs that prepares students and educators for current and future careers identified by Strong workforce and labor data. We will accomplish this by supporting computer science initiatives that include access for all students so that they see themselves and thrive within computer science careers.
K-12 Computer Science and Information Technology Initiative Overall Objectives
Create a systemic regional Computer Science Program and community for K-14 students focused on student-centered instruction, equity and access, regionally-aligned system around terminology, student outcomes, and data and assessments.
Enhance Computer Science Programs in the Software and Systems Development pathway at participating consortium schools by providing ongoing networking, coaching, and professional development in CS Education and building capacity around district leadership support for these programs through coordination by a regional Computer Science Coordinator and industry partners to facilitate growth opportunities.
Expand Santa Cruz County Computer Science Programs to include Networking and Information Support and Services Pathways for participating Consortium schools by providing magnet classes at leading industry partner locations. Provide ongoing coaching and professional development in CS Education and building capacity around district leadership support of these programs.
Develop articulated courses with Cabrillo Community College allowing students to earn Community College credit that lead to Computer Information Systems major.
Create articulated goals around skills needed for students to be successful in local workforce and post-secondary through a council representing members from business, education, and post-secondary.
Develop a work-based learning continuum from high school to college in collaboration with education providers and industry leaders representing the ICT CTE Sector.
Provide students opportunities to network and learn through events, trainings, and company breakfast via membership in a local non-profit association (Santa Cruz Works) focused on connecting community members who are part of the local technology industry.
Showcase Computer Science student projects at an annual Student-centered conference/event.
Increase awareness around Cyber Security and Computer Science education for younger students and families in afterschool and evening programs.
Provide community events for families and the community to build awareness about the industry and the importance of Career Technical Education Programs around Computer Science.