Our mission is simple: every Brooklyn public school student gets the opportunity to learn to code at school. We will achieve the goal in the course of the next seven years, three years ahead of the city wide target.
CodeBrooklyn believes there are five pillars to successfully expanding computer science in Brooklyn and in turn realizing the CodeBrooklyn mission:
- Professional Development. Funding and access for teachers to attend computer science education training (this is the core purpose of the New York City CS4ALL Program within the Department of Education).
- Curriculum. Schools should use standards based, peer reviewed, Common Core aligned curriculum (i.e., teachers and schools should not feel compelled to create their own curriculum from scratch).
- Community Engagement and External Support. School buildings should be technology community hubs for events like hackathons and adult continuing education in IT and computer science. The schools’ SLT and PTA/PTO/PAs, along with the district CECs, are partners and essential stakeholders, supporting and advocating for CS. They are the local control and voices who advocate for their children.
- Champions. Every school has computer science champions, both parents and teachers.
- Infrastructure. Schools have the computer equipment (e.g. laptops, devices such as Raspberry Pis), along with network (wifi) and electrical infrastructure, needed for computer science instruction.