Ohio awards $6 million in grants to expand computer science, including OSLN programs

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Change driven by a community of educators and organizations

OSLN’s active participation in the computer science advocacy community began in 2016. That year, Battelle, which manages the network in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education & Workforce, won support from Code.org to bring the organization’s high-quality teacher professional courses to Ohio.

For the last eight years, OSLN has worked with leading partners in the space. We would like to recognize Code.org, Cleveland State University, Project Lead the Way, HER Academy, the Ohio Computer Science Teachers Association, Ohio Excels, the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, and TechCORPS as essential members of the coalition.

These organizations stand as advocates for thousands of teachers and hundreds of principals who see the opportunity of computer science education and want to do more.

Just four years ago, we gathered our most important supporters, students, at the Ohio Statehouse to meet legislators and advocate for computer science for all.

Listening to the community: The State Committee on Computer Science

Ohio’s first Computer Science Advocacy Day laid the foundation for an extensive community-building and listening effort: The State Committee on Computer Science and its report.

Over 2021 and 2022, this 26-member body built a list of ten recommendations that, if followed, would make Ohio a national leader in the computer science education and workforce pipeline.

In particular, the grant announced today shows major progress on Recommendation 6 – Expand Teacher Licensure and Professional Development.

OSLN Director Kelly Gaier Evans facilitated the committee’s ten-month series of publicly streamed meetings. The report built through those conversations is available here.

What’s next

As the State Committee on Computer Science wrote: “Every Ohioan deserves the chance to succeed, get a good-paying job, raise a family comfortably and be secure in their future. Every Ohio student should have the opportunity to live up to their maximum potential. Computer science is one exciting pathway for students to achieve these objectives.”

In just five months, the first teachers supported by this investment will join the program and begin working toward licensure as new teachers of computer science.

And there are more changes coming. Ohio has built the community and the plan to become the best state in the nation at unlocking the potential of computer science.

If you know an educator who’s ready to do more in the classroom, nominate them to hear about these opportunities or click here to learn more. Applications will open in 1-2 weeks. Interested applicants can pre-register now to receive notice when applications open.

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