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New Mexico Public Education Department: New Mexico Computer Science (NM CS) K–8 Grant Program

Deadline: October 12, 2020

The New Mexico Computer Science (NM CS) K–8 Grant Program is designed to promote innovation in the critical area of teacher professional learning in computer science grades K–8. Grants are available to applicants to:

  • Support professional learning on the conceptual foundations of computer science for K–8 public school teachers
  • Expand existing standards-based computer science programs in New Mexico K–8 public schools, local-charter or state-chartered charter schools, including mentoring and coaching
  • Develop a plan to establish a new, standards-based computer science program in a public school, including mentoring and coaching
  • Provide support for K–8 teachers to enroll or who are enrolled in a credentialed computer science program or course

The goals for the program are: 1) Provide increased access to high-quality professional learning of computer science state-wide; 2) Promote and/or expand existing computer science professional learning programs to reach more New Mexico students; and 3) Promote and/or expand computer science course access for New Mexico students.

Computer science professional learning means professional development activities that:

  • Clarify the conceptual foundations of computer science
  • Are grounded in standards-based professional learning
  • Are culturally and linguistically responsive
  • Are intended for existing teachers with or without prior exposure to computer science

Establishing or expanding a computer science program includes but is not limited to:

  • Hiring consultants to work with schools to plan for initiating or expanding a computer science program
  • Credentialing highly-qualified teachers to teach computer science courses
  • Plan for a program of study or develop course offerings

Amount: Up to $300,000 is available.

Eligibility: K–8 New Mexico public school districts, state-chartered charter schools, or local charter schools; New Mexico institutions of higher education, including community colleges; and New Mexico regional educational cooperatives serving K–8 students and teachers.
Applications will not be accepted from individual schools (unless they are local or state charter schools), but must be authorized and submitted through their public school district.

Link: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/information/rfps-rfis-rfas/

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