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Can ­d's Lori Pollock Revolutionize Computer-Science Education?

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University of Delaware Professor Lori Pollock

"The main goals [of the Partner4CS program] are to increase participation in computer science among K-12 teachers and students, through supporting teachers," says University of Delaware Computer and Information Sciences Professor Lori Pollock.

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In an interview, University of Delaware professor Lori Pollock discusses the school's Partner 4 Computer Science program, designed to equip K-12 educators with the skills for teaching students computer development. "Teachers learn practical classroom activities to teach computational thinking in algorithms, data, abstraction, programming, and Internet, as well as participate in training sessions for specific technologies . . . with models of how to teach them to different ages," Pollock says.

The five-year-old program was initially funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and since its inception has evolved into a multi-component initiative, Pollock says. Its elements include an annual paid Professional Development Summer Workshop, an annual Summit for CS Education in Delaware, and material support and circulation for a college field experiences course in which UDel undergraduates assist in teaching CS at local schools and libraries.

Pollock says greater CS integration into classrooms and courses increases access toward broadening participation in computing.

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