MSAWC supports programs that assist teachers with engaging students with computing in the K-12 classrooms in Mississippi and providing an equitable learning space for development of student self-efficacy in computing.
Teachers, Guidance Counselors, and Administrators who encourage girls in grades 9-12 to engage in computing are encouraged to apply for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award. Winners will be recognized at an event in the spring at Mississippi State University.
Summer Professional Development
Since 2015, the departments of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) and Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE) at Mississippi State have been offering opportunities for teachers across all disciplines to learn and bring computing, cybersecurity, and computational thinking into their classrooms. These programs are funded through the National Security Agency's GenCyber program.
pre service teacher course offerings
CSE and CISE are developing courses for pre-service teachers that will eventually provide a pathway to CS licensure for teaching in the state of Mississippi. The first course offering will be in Spring 2018 and will be jointly taught between the CS and CISE departments for undergraduates and graduate students. The course will have an online option so that inservice teachers may also participate.
Research experiences for teachers
Planning is underway for a research experience for teachers at MSU. Educators teaching middle and high school students in Mississippi will have the opportunity to be immersed in research with a CS faculty member. Working with faculty in the College of Education, teachers will learn ways to integrate computer science research into their classrooms to increase the relevancy of computing.