Big news today from Infosys Foundation, Donors Choose, and the National Science Foundation! New program launched that allows teachers and school communities to crowd fund the costs associated with computer science professional development, and in turn receive matching funds from Infosys Foundation. See the Donor’s Choose site and the press release from Infosys Foundation for more info. If you’re a teacher or school community looking to raise the funds for PD, check it out.
The Infosys and Donor’s Choose program, called “Computer Science for All Community Giving“, is one of two private sector collaborations, along with TeachCS and its support from Tata Consultancy Services and other private sector partners, to expand private sector support of computer science teacher professional development announced in the January 30 White House Fact Sheet about CSForAll. From the White House Announcement:
As part of its $120 million investment, NSF will provide $5 million to pilot and expand professional-development approaches in CS to additional schools across the United States, with funding from industry that will enable teachers to attend those pilot programs. Infosys Foundation USA will be a founding member of this public-private collaboration with a $1 million philanthropic donation, and, as an initial participant, Tata Consultancy Services is providing additional support in the form of grants to teachers in 27 U.S cities. This collaboration will ultimately provide opportunities for as many as 2,000 middle- and high-school teachers to deepen their understanding of CS.