Indianapolis-based nonprofit Project Lead The Way is granting up to $5.4 million to expand computer science courses in Indiana following a new measure signed into law this year. The grants will increase the availability of hands-on computer science education and will cover various fees and costs associated with teacher professional development.
Governor Eric Holcomb in March signed SEA 172, which requires all public schools to offer computer science courses. PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Bertram says preK-12th grade students need skills that are in high demand. “Increasingly, that means computer science skills. Project Lead The Way is committed to ensuring all Indiana teachers and students have access to high-quality computer science education and professional development”, said Bertram.
PLTW has partnered with school districts since 2000, with over 2,300 teachers trained in more than 760 programs in the state. For more information on PLTW, and for schools interested in applying, click here.