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Advancing computing education globally

Great Partnerships = a Summer of Teaching and Learning

Denise Hobbs
Regional Director, North America

Building educator content knowledge is a key component to advancing computing technology education today. Summer 2019 found the Oracle Academy North America team working with local and state Computer Science Teacher Association chapter partners to systemically bring free educator professional development for the purpose of helping educators to reach their computing technology education goals. Below are just a few examples of our joint collaboration:

New Mexico Computer Science Educators Professional Development Week (NM)
The week of June 3, 2019, Oracle Academy provided its Database Design and Programming with SQL course to New Mexico educators from all over the state. The five-day event was part of the NM Computer Science Educators Professional Development week held at the College of Engineering, University of New Mexico. Paige Prescott, Co-Founder of Computer Science Alliance NM, says, “There is a critical need for professional development for teachers in CS, and there are too few opportunities for this type of learning in NM. Our goal was to offer high-quality professional development that showcases the best practices and curriculum resources available.”

The Oracle Academy curriculum is aligned to the New Mexico Public Education Department College and Career Readiness Bureau CTE Information Technology Pathway. Oracle Academy instructor Christine Campbell notes, “Training the teachers enrolled in the Oracle Academy Database Design and Programming with SQL course was a great experience. Because the teachers plan to use the Oracle Academy curriculum in their own classrooms to teach students, they were very engaged and excited to learn the topic. It was a rewarding experience all the way around.”

CSTA Arizona (CSTA AZ) Computer Science Educators Profession Development Week
The week of June 17, 2019, Oracle Academy provided a Java Fundamentals course to Arizona teachers from all over the state. The five-day event was part of the CSTA AZ Computer Science Educators Professional Development week held at the College of Engineering, Arizona State University. “With the AZ K12 CS Standards released in October 2018 and a new K12 CS endorsement for teachers launched just a month earlier in May, the timing was perfect to offer a week of high-quality CS professional development for our K12 teachers,” says Janice Mak, CSTA AZ President.

Oracle Academy resources are aligned to the Arizona Department of Education Career Technical Education Software and App Design program.

We value our relationships with our local and state Computer Science Teacher Association chapter partners and welcome opportunities to continue to bring our free courses and training to educators.

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