New Computer Science Requirements Won't be Stretch for District 2

District 2 trustees received an update on computer science instruction in School District 2 Wednesday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
District 2 trustees received an update on computer science instruction in School District 2 Wednesday. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan County School District 2 might need to make some minor tweaks and additions, but a state requirement that all Wyoming school districts provide computer instruction in grades k through 12 by 2023 won't be a stretch for the district.

That's according to Mitch Craft, an assistant superintendent for the district, in a work session of school trustees Wednesday.

Craft said District 2 has in fact been working on introducing computer science into its schools for about five years, and Wednesday's session was to update trustees on the status of computer science instruction.

He said there are three factors that are contributing to District 2's success in implementing instruction. He said one has been Whitney Benefits, which has provided funding and support. A second factor has been the support of the district's trustees, and the third factor, he said, has been staff.

District 2 has already introduced computer science education at all levels from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Abby Hurley, who's Sheridan College's youth outreach coordinator, talked about instruction being offered in District 2's elementary schools, and teacher Chris Bloomgren told trustees about the level of instruction she's providing at Sheridan Junior High School.

Bloomgren said every sixth grader at the junior high is required to take computer basics, and seventh and eighth graders can take additional computer coding classes as electives.

Craft said the programs for elementary students started last year, and the computer instruction being offered will have to be dynamic as students come in with more and more background.

Assistant Superintendent Mitch Craft. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Assistant Superintendent Mitch Craft. (Photo by Pat Blair)
SheridanWyoming.com

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