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Computer Science

360-725-6092
Shannon Thissen
360-725-6092

The Computer Science team at OSPI consists of staff across the subjects of English language arts, math, science, educational technology, and career and technical education. Working closely with statewide computer science and STEM stakeholders, this team provides guidance for the development and implementation of Washington's computer science learning standards and computer science education grants.

Computer Science Education Grants

The Legislature allocated $1,000,000 of the General Fund in fiscal year 2020 and $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 for computer science education. These funds are designated for: (1) Teacher training and credentialing in computer science; (2) Technology upgrades needed to learn computer science; and (3) Engaging students in computer science.

In 2020, the Legislature approved a supplemental operating budget that included changes to the matching fund requirements of the computer science education grant (ESSB 6168, Sec. 520 (12)(d)).

Learning Standards

Washington's K–12 Computer Science Learning Standards were revised in 2018.

Back to School Considerations

Specific Computer Science Recommendations

Guide to Remote Teaching Best Practices from the Microsoft TEALS Program
The Guide to Remote Teaching Best Practices from the Microsoft TEALS Program provides guidance and suggestions for instructor-led remote learning programs. It is based on 8 years of TEALS remote instruction learnings.

CSTA-Compiled Resources to Support Teaching During COVID-19
With the outbreak of COVID-19, at CSTA they know that many members will be supporting their students remotely. Teaching CS is already difficult, and moving to a virtual environment can be challenging, so CSTA has compiled a list of resources to help teachers support their students during this trying time. We encourage you to keep visiting the CSTA resource page for the most up-to-date resources.

Getting Classroom Culture Right with Practical SEL
The Classroom Culture Right with Practical SEL resource explains social-emotional learning (SEL), and why it should be intentionally incorporated into classrooms. Teachers will also find tips for overcoming common SEL obstacles, and strategies for strengthening their classroom's SEL culture. When we do that, the school feels safe – everyone knows they belong.

School-Community Partnerships for Students During COVID-19 is a framework for ensuring students are learning, have childcare if needed, and receive social-emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington State.

College Board: Getting Ready for Back to School
A series of Advanced Placement (AP) YouTube Videos that offer support for in-person, hybrid/blended, and online learning. Get insights and best practices for using digital resources in AP classrooms.

Code.org - Back to school information
Code.org has published Back to School FAQ & Updates for Fall 2020. This resource includes curriculum and course updates for the 2020–21 school year, support for online and socially-distanced learning, and specially-created resources for parents, teachers, and school and district administrators - all designed to facilitate computer science learning this fall.