With a clear understanding of why computational thinking matters to your district, you can begin the process of defining what your pathway looks like.
The resources in this section will help you create a map of learner progressions from K-12, which will be the center of your pathway.
Building and implementing a computational thinking pathway requires shared leadership. As you work on creating your pathway, your team can reflect on these four questions:
- Are we increasing the clarity for teachers?
- Are we attracting buy-in from teachers?
- Are we building the leadership capacity needed to make this successful?
- Have we agreed on the next steps to put this into action?
Consider how to engaging different stakeholders can support your pathway, for example:
- Top 10 Ways to Engage School Counselors as Allies in the Effort to Increase Student Access to Computer Science Education and Careers
- View this slide deck Indian Prairie School District 204 used to engage their teachers and school leaders
Design for Inclusivity
Computing, computer science, and computational thinking have historically been seen as an exclusive domain for Caucasian and Asian men. By designing for inclusive access to computational thinking learning experiences, you can support the conditions for women, people of color, and others who have been historically underrepresented in computing to see themselves and their potential in the field. Diverse cultural knowledge and experiences can and should support the design and implementation of your district’s computational thinking pathway.
- Envisioning a culturally relevant computational thinking pathway
- Use this resource to build your pathway around the strengths and assets that already exist within your community
- Guide to inclusive computer science education
- This guide provides contextual information and informs steps educators can take to build and expand inclusivity in computer science education.
- How Can We Encourage Students with Disabilities to Pursue Computing
- How Can We Include Students with Disabilities in Computing Courses?
These resources provide strategies to include and engage students with disabilities in computer science education.