With the passage of HB 633 (https://legiscan.com/MS/text/HB633/2021) requiring all schools within each district to offer computer science instruction by the 2024-2025 school year (see excerpt below) many of you may have questions about implementation within your school or classroom and training options available. We are offering an opportunity to join a one-hour webinar to learn more about what is available to you in terms of resources, teacher training, equipment needs, etc. Please register for the grade-appropriate sessions to participate in an informative presentation regarding the CS4MS initiative and to ask questions relevant to your area:
Registration Links (only register for one)
For High School Teachers – Monday, May 24th at 3:30pm: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Lv0BI5TtSsKvtezEsF-5RQ
For Middle School Teachers – Tuesday, May 25th at 3:30pm: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EZRSeDFdTKmaEjPW6dazFA
For Elementary School Teachers – Thursday, May 27th at 3:30pm: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0sA1DlOsQI6mpJWm0qlS4g
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We look forward to seeing you at one of these sessions.
<Excerpt from HB 633>
(1) The State Department of Education is authorized and directed to implement K-12 computer science curriculum based on the 2018 Mississippi College and Career-Readiness Standards for computer science, which includes instruction in, but not limited to:
(a) Computational thinking; (b) Problem-solving; (c) Programming; (d) Cyber security; (e) Data science; (f) Robotics; (g) Artificial intelligence and machine learning; and (h) Other computer science and cyber-related content.
(2) The State Department of Education shall work with the Center for Cyber Education at Mississippi State University to identify and develop K-12 computer science curriculum and delivery options.
(3) Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year:
(a) Each local school district shall provide that all middle schools in its school system offer instruction in foundation computer science;
(b) Each local school district shall provide that fifty percent (50%) of elementary schools in its school system offer a minimum of one (1) hour of instruction in computer science each week;
(c) Each charter school that serves middle or high school students shall offer a course in computer science; and
(d) Each charter school that serves elementary school students shall offer instruction in computer science.
(4) Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year:
(a) Each local school district shall provide that at least fifty percent (50%) of the high schools in its school system offer a course in computer science;
(b) Each local school district shall provide that all elementary schools in its school system offer a minimum of one (1) hour of instruction in exploratory computer science each week.
(5) Beginning in the 2024-2025 school year, each local school district shall provide that all schools in its school system offer instruction in computer science.