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The Div is joining the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center

We’re excited to announce that The Div is joining the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center family!

When we started The Div over 7 years ago, we had a vision to give back to our state in meaningful ways, specifically through technology, entrepreneurship and education. I had no idea we’d be where we are today, with our strategic partnership with Code.org, helping educators from all across the state implement computer science in our local schools.

We’re incredibly proud of our work moving the needle to bring computer science to all students of all backgrounds across the state. We’ve built a thriving community of computer science teachers. We’ve connected classrooms with local tech industry experts. We’ve met with legislators locally and in Washington DC to advocate for computer science access.

And in our first year as Oklahoma’s Code.org Regional Partner, we trained 43 middle school and high school computer science teachers in our year-long professional learning program, who’ve impacted 1,834 students in this school year alone! 55% of those in our program teach at high needs schools, where at least half of the students qualify for free and reduced lunches. 50% of the students enrolled in the courses are underrepresented minorities, and 36% of them are females. And in March, we added additional resources to begin supporting elementary school teachers as well.

And as we look towards the future, we believe that joining forces with the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center is the absolute best way to ensure that this program has the structure, support and sustainability to have a long term impact on our state.

As of today, OPSRC will take over as the Code.org Regional Partner in Oklahoma. Our Executive Director McKalyn Danner, who initiated and led the Code.org partnership will continue to direct the program as a staff member at OPSRC. We’re confident that with their support, she’ll be able to take the vision and impact to a whole new level and that gives us great excitement.

During this process, we’ve gotten to know the team at OPSRC and have been so impressed with their leadership, vision and energy. As an organization, they’re hyper-focused on one thing … improving schools in Oklahoma. It’s a shared value that’s near and dear to us, and I know the program is in great hands.

It’s a great day for tech education in Oklahoma with an even brighter future ahead.

Technology opens doors. Years from now, I can just imagine students starting their tech journey in a class they were able to enroll in because this program exists. Students who will go on to build the next best thing, whether that’s a piece of innovative software or starting a business that changes people’s lives and shapes tomorrow’s world through the use of technology.

I want to thank my co-founders, Scott Day and Jay Chapman, as well as our founding Executive Director, Lindsey Miller, who launched our organization and shaped our focus on technology and kids by developing our initial Div Jr. camp program and McKalyn Danner, who has led the organization for the past two and a half years and expanded our reach to include in-school opportunities.

Together, we’re eternally grateful for the opportunity to give back to our city, our state and our home and will continue to support this effort in any way we can. We’ve always been focused on mission and impact and have never worried about whose name is attached to it. We truly believe that this is the best and right decision for the direction of our efforts.

We’re looking forward to continuing the legacy of our impact by partnering with OPSRC and watching computer science unlock student potential in Oklahoma for years to come.

-Cory Miller,
Board Chairman

Teacher Professional Development Applications Now Open

As part of our new partnership with Code.org, The Div is on a mission to work with school districts throughout Oklahoma to provide free access to computer science curriculum and teacher training.

As you probably know, Code.org is a national nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. And just like us, they have a vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org has selected Regional Partners throughout the country to help spread computer science in a local, sustainable fashion.

We’re excited to announce that applications for Oklahoma teachers to participate in the professional learning program are now open!

Participating teachers have the opportunity to attend an expenses paid national training conference in summer 2017, participate in 4 local trainings throughout the school year and join a supportive community of likeminded educators. We’ll be offering curriculum and training for Computer Science Discoveries (grades 7-9) and Computer Science Principles (high school, with an AP option).

The free curriculum offers flexible implementation and includes daily lesson plans made up of inquiry-based activities, videos assessments and computing tools, allowing teachers to guide and learn alongside students as they discover core computing concepts. It also features Code Studio, a learning platform that organizes lesson plans and activities with student and teacher dashboards.

How to apply?

Links to each program’s applications are listed below. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until March 17, 2017 so apply now if you’re ready to get started.

Apply for CS Discoveries                Apply for CS Principles

We’re Hiring!

Get paid to help teachers learn computer science

The Div and Code.org are looking to partner with individuals to deliver high-quality professional development to Oklahoma teachers in a format that’s fun and accessible.

New CS educators need top-notch facilitators

The ideal facilitator is an enthusiastic supporter of computer science education, possesses a connection to Code.org’s equity-focused mission and has a strong background in the computer science, either through teaching or tech industry experience.

Accepted facilitators complete a one-year train-the-trainer program. Facilitators will receive instruction to prepare them to deliver professional development to teachers on the Code.org curriculum during an expenses-paid trip to Code.org’s summer training conference.

Facilitators accepted to the program will work with The Div to plan and lead the following workshops for local teachers in Oklahoma:

  • Four 1-day, in-person workshops during the 2017-18 school year (typically on Saturday)
  • One 5-day workshop in summer 2018

This is a contract position for which facilitators will be competitively compensated. 4 positions are available, 2 per program.

Professional Learning Programs

Code.org will prepare facilitators in two areas. The focus areas share a basic framework and approach, drawn from adult learning theory and best practices for facilitation, that ensures participants are well prepared to lead high-quality training. Read more and apply here:

Priority 1 deadline is January 9th, 2017. At that time applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The final application deadline is February 1, 2017. Contact info@thediv.org with any questions.

The Div joins Code.org as Professional Learning Partner

We’ve been sitting on some exciting news for a few weeks now, and we’re finally able to tell you all about it.

The Div has been selected as a Code.org Professional Learning Partner and will be the designated provider of Code.org programs in Oklahoma!

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Board members Cory Miller & Jay Chapman with Code.org Founder Hadi Partovi & Director McKalyn Danner

So what does that mean?

In short, it means that Code.org is providing funding and tools to help us expand access to computer science education in Oklahoma. The Div will be able to offer professional development and full course curriculum to local educators and school districts at no cost to them. Teachers have the opportunity to attend a national training conference in summer 2017, participate in 4 local trainings throughout the school year and join a supportive community of likeminded educators. We’ll be offering curriculum and training for Computer Science Discoveries (grades 7-9) and Computer Science Principles (high school, AP). But we can also make connections for teachers who wish to implement Computer Science Fundamentals in their elementary school classes. You can check out our full media release here.

Computer science drives innovation throughout the US economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education.

A quick look at computer science in Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma currently has nearly 2,000 open computing jobs (2.8 times the average demand rate in Oklahoma).
  • The average salary for a computing occupation in OK is $68,598, which is significantly hirer than the average salary in the state ($41,820).
  • Only 411 computer science computer science graduates in 2014, only 18% were female
  • Only 206 high school students in Oklahoma took the AP Computer Science exam in 2015; only 24% were female; only 26 were Hispanic; only 15 were black; only 7 were Native American.
  • Only 25 schools in Oklahoma (8% of OK schools with AP programs) offered the AP computer science course in 2014-2015. There are fewer AP exams taken in computer science than in any other STEM subject area.

The Div does The White House

As part of this partnership, The Div had the opportunity last week to travel to Washington DC for training and to convene and connect with other computer science education advocates. Our Board President Cory Miller, who also founded local technology company iThemes, was invited to speak at an event hosted by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He shared with the cohort about why businesses like his are dedicated to supporting, advocating for and funding work in this area.

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Board members Cory Miller and Jay Chapman with Executive Director McKalyn Danner in Washington DC

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Code.org Cohort of Professional Learning Partners from across the US

Professional Development for Computer Science Educators

We’re over the moon excited, because this partnership will allow us to expand our reach exponentially. We’ll continue to offer youth camps forever, because it’s important to provide as much technology access as possible. But we know that when you are able reach 1 teacher, you’re actually touching around 127 students a year. This partnership allows us to impact even more Oklahomans with the life-changing skills that computer science teaches.

Teacher applications open in January. Educators can use the links below to learn more about the specific courses and receive updates about the program, or email any questions to The Div directly at info@thediv.org.

Computer Science Discoveries:       Learn more about curriculum        Apply for professional learning

AP Computer Science Principles:   Learn more about curriculum         Apply for professional learning

How you can help

Our Code.org funding is for a short time only. We need champions to help us grow and sustain this important work. Your support has a direct impact on education in Oklahoma, and a direct impact on changing young lives forever. Click the button below to donate now.

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