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RISSA President Supports Governor's Technology Initiative

24 Mar 2016 10:21 AM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

 Excerpts from a letter to RIchard Culatta from Michael Barnes, RISSA President:



"Personally, I believe the Governor’s Computer Science for RI initiative will help schools throughout Rhode Island prepare students for high-demand and high-wage jobs and advance the economic well-being of our state. Since the roll out of the initiative I have spoken to a number of my colleagues who had positive views and expressed strong support for the underlying goals articulated on Monday." 



"A focus on Computer Science in schools throughout our state, that builds on existing work, is a helpful step toward closing the skills gap in RI and expanding opportunities for students. There are a number of logistical challenges to K-12 implementation such as professional development, the inability to engage in some types of programming in a non-cloud based setting using Chromebooks, and current graduation requirements at the high school level that call for a specific number of credits in different subject areas. These requirements, coupled with college and university expectations for courses to be taken in high school, can limit the opportunities that students have to take advantage of opportunities such as Computer Science over multiple years. These are solvable problems with flexibility and innovative thinking."

 



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