SMART START GRANT - WHAT IS IT?

NYSED GRANT PROGRAM

The New York State Education Department has awarded $6 million in grant funds to 17 applicants to assist in the professional development of K-8 teachers in their knowledge and expertise of the NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards that were adopted in December 2020. The purpose of the Smart Start grant is to develop, implement, and share innovative programs that provide professional development and support to increase expertise in computer science, engineering, and/or educational technology among teachers in grades K-8. 

NYSED recognizes the need to prepare students to succeed in the dynamic 21st-century economy, specifically in the areas of computer science, engineering, and educational technology. Upon graduation, every student in New York State should know how to live safely and productively in a digitally-dominated world, understand the types of tasks computation can help automate, understand essential features of how the technologies of their lives work, and be able to effectively utilize technology to create, research, communicate, and collaborate.

PURPOSE OF OUR WORK

To develop, implement, and share innovative programs that provide professional development and support to increase expertise in computer science, engineering, and/or educational technology among teachers in grades K-8.

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GOALS OF SMARTSTART

Goal I:

Increase Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship skills for all students, with special attention to ELLs and SWDs in preparation for the regional workforce.

Goal 2:

Encourage and inspire students, including ELLs and SWDs to enroll and graduate from the CTE Pathways programs that include computer science and IT in preparation for the regional workforce (grades K-8).