Gov Reynolds has announced $883,000 in annual awards that will prepare K-12 teachers in more than 167 school districts and nonpublic schools to teach computer science. The Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund awards are part of a broad commitment to expand computer science instruction in K-12 schools across Iowa.
Here in Southeast Iowa the Cardinal Community School District will receive $9,000 and the Ottumwa District $6,500. The 2020-21 Incentive Fund drew 33 applications. Of those, 18 awards totaling the previously mentioned $883,000 will go to school districts, nonpublic schools and Area Education Agencies that created collaborative proposals to serve multiple schools. Training that will result in teachers being ready to teach computer science in the next six to 12 months is a priority. Recipients will report their progress after the 2020-21 school year.