The American Library Association’s (ALA) competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, will fund a cohort of school and public libraries to develop resources to help get US libraries “ready to code.” The $500,000 pilot program is part of Phase III Libraries Ready to Code, an ongoing collaboration between ALA and Google to ensure expert library professionals are prepared to develop and deliver programming that promotes computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) among youth, two skills that will be required for challenges and jobs of the future. Twenty-five to 50 participating libraries will receive funding from the ALA, along with consulting expertise and operational support from Google. Individual libraries may use funding for devices, staffing, marketing, and other costs associated with piloting and rapidly iterating on a CS educational toolkit developed in partnership by libraries for libraries. The toolkit will consist of CS resources that libraries find most useful for designing and implementing youth CS programming and a guide to accompany the resources. This cohort of libraries will also initiate a community of practice to sustain momentum and build expertise across thousands of school and public US libraries. The Young Adult Library ServicesAssociation (YALSA) will administer the program on behalf of ALA.
Deadlines: Proposals are now being accepted; applications will be accepted through August 2017; final cohort libraries will be announced in October 2017
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in September.
The National Center for Women and Information Technology’s(NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Educator Award celebrates educators at the high school level who encourage girls’ interest in technology. Recipients form a national community of peers, share practices, and empower other educators to support the participation of girls in computing.
Formed in 2014, Latina Girls Code (LGC) was created to fill the diversity gap between girls aged 7–17 who are interested in technology. The program provides mentors, access to hardware and digital tools, as well as internships through various programs and events throughout the year.