Granite School District
Computer Science for All
Granite School District has developed a team of representatives from the Curriculum and Instruction Department, Educational Technology Department, and Career and Techincal Education Department to establish a district-wide collaborative focus on developing and implementing a computer science education program that will be accessible to all students.
This site will provide access and information about the Granite proposal and implementation process throughout the four-year grant period (2020-2021 through 2023-2024).
- GSD CS4ALL Plan (PDF)
Granite School District Computer Science for All Plan
- Implementation Updates
2021-2022 : CS Curriculum Alignment with Math and Science Curricula
2022-2023 : CS Training and Grant Implementation
November 5, 2022 : Granite CS4ALL Initiative Kick Off
- Grant Initiative Data
2022-2023 Cohort 1: Ten Elementary Schools
- Approximately Seventy teachers
- Ten Instructional Coaches (School CS Training Leads)
- Three District CS Training Leads
Utah Computer Science Education Master Plan
“Computer science is not only important for the tech sector, but for almost all industries, including agriculture, transportation, healthcare, education, and financial services. In 2019, there are more than 5,000 open computing jobs in Utah—jobs that come with an average salary of over $81,000, nearly double the state’s average salary. But there are not enough qualified workers in Utah to fill many of these positions and the skills gap is continuing to widen. Only 16 percent of Utah’s high schools offer intermediate and advanced computer science. An important aspect of educating and training our future entrepreneurs and innovators is that equitable access to CS has to begin in the K-12 space. The earlier students are presented with quality CS courses, the better chance they have of closing the opportunity gap. Students who are exposed to computer science during their early years of education are much more likely to choose it as a major. Women are 10 times more likely to get a degree in computer science if they take an AP class in the subject, and minorities are seven times more likely if they do the same (Code.org). ” — Utah Computer Science Education Master Plan
CS4ALL Kick Off
The Granite CS4ALL initiative began with ten (10) elementary schools in the initial cohort with the expectation of including additional schools each year until all 60+ elementary schools are involved.
The schools included in the first cohort include the following:
|Armstrong Academy||Bennion||Copper Hills||Cottonwood||Farnsworth|
|Jackling||West Valley||Western Hills||Whittier||Wright|
Teacher training began on November 5th with a 3.5-hour training in which District Educational Technology Team Leaders introduced teachers to the physical computing devices (robots) that will have been selected for the initiative. The training was separated into grade level bands based upon the specific robots selected and included hands-on training activities with teachers.
The physical computing devices (robots) that have been selected for the initiative are listed below.
The Granite CS4ALL Kick Off and Training took place on November 18th during which CodeHS, our computer science curriculum partner, provided a 4-hour training for the first teacher cohort group. During the training, the CodeHS facilitators hosted various training activities for the specific grade bands. Initially, teachers were introduced to the CodeHS computer science platform and logged into their accounts to access the vast library of lessons that align with Utah State Core Standards as well as Utah Computer Science Standards. Thereafter, teachers were introduced to coding with Scratch and Scratch Jr. in their respective grade bands with interactive training lessons. Following the coding training, teachers were trained with the physical computing devices (robots) in hands-on training and lessons.