Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative
Opens Feb 1 2020 12:00 AM (EST)
Deadline Mar 31 2020 11:59 PM (EDT)
Description

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The Amazon Future Engineer sponsorship provides three years of ongoing onsite professional development to elementary teachers on the content and pedagogy of computer science education. The sponsorship provides everything districts need to implement a sustainable computer science initiative. This includes eight onsite professional development workshops, ongoing model teaching and coaching, curricula and teacher lesson plans, and an online Instructional Coach Course to ensure the sustainability of the program.

Districts who are awarded will participate in professional development over a three year period and teach computer science to students during the school day. Every district is different; professional development and support will be customized and scheduled to take into account each district’s unique needs. Professional development and support will take place onsite at your district.

This application is for a service award (no money is awarded) that provides all of the support needed to implement computer science in elementary grades district-wide.  All professional development, support, and curriculum will be provided to each district at no cost. Districts will receive BootUp’s free project-based curriculum which uses the free coding platforms Scratch and ScratchJr. The curriculum (and over 100 projects) will remain free and available beyond the life of the award.

The services provided by this award must begin during the 2020-2021 school year and must be completed by December 31, 2023. Districts will collaborate with BootUp to schedule professional development and onsite support over a three year period.  

Districts will commit to the following during the award period: 

  • Participate in professional development

    • teachers attend 8 onsite PD workshops (6 hours each)

    • teachers participate in model teaching and coaching

  • Teachers implement computer science in their classrooms during the school day

  • Select and commit an Instructional Coach to

    • serve as the main contact between BootUp and teachers

    • complete an online Instructional Coach course

    • champion the initiative once support is complete 

  • Complete an Outcomes Report at the end of each year

BootUp Professional Development

BootUp PD is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with experience implementing district-wide elementary computer science initiatives with a focus on creativity and problem-solving. BootUp has worked with over 250 elementary schools in eight states, impacting over 120,000 students since 2015. BootUp prepares teachers to facilitate open-ended coding projects in the free platforms Scratch and ScratchJr that are not only project-based, but also personally meaningful. Students choose something that is interesting to them and find a way to explore that interest with code through design, music, art, animation, games, or stories.

Who Can Apply/Eligibility

U.S. school districts serving elementary students are eligible to apply for this opportunity. Applications will not be accepted from individual schools or teachers but must be authorized and submitted through their District or LEA. The District's superintendent (or approved designee) signature is required through a Superintendent Recommendation form through email. A copy of the Superintendent Recommendation form can be found HERE (PDF).
 

Awards, Award Process, and Timeline

Approximately 30-40 districts will receive an award. In order to serve all types of districts, we will designate a percentage of awards to urban, suburban, town, and rural communities.

Priority will be given to:

  • Districts serving a large percentage of students eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch 

  • Districts serving a large percentage of Minority students*
    *Minority students include students who are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and of Two or more races

  • Districts committing a large number of schools, educators, and student participants

  • Districts committing to an equitable implementation 

  • District committing to a district-wide implementation*
    *District-wide implementation is a strategy to ensure implementation is done equitably and that participant demographics align to district demographics as a whole.

Application Form

You can view a copy of the Application Form HERE (PDF) or HERE (Microsoft Word).

Timeline

Application Open: February 1, 2020

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020

Award Notification: No later than April 30, 2020

Program Activities: May 1, 2020 - May 31, 2023


Informational Webinars

February 28, 2020
9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET

RECORDING
Join us for an informational webinar to learn more about the initiative, go over frequently asked questions, and hear from districts who have already implemented the BootUp program. With guest Russ Adams, MOC Floyd Valley School District Superintendent. Russ Adams will share how his team, with BootUp, introduced district-wide computer science at MOC Floyd Valley, a rural district in Iowa.

Speakers:
Clark Merkley - Executive Director, BootUp PD
Russ Adams - Superintendent, MOC Floyd Valley School District

March 4, 2020
9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET

REGISTER HERE

Join us for an informational webinar to learn more about the initiative and go over frequently asked questions. Jared O'Leary will discuss the overall approach and philosophy behind BootUp's professional development and curriculum. In particular, Jared will demonstrate how BootUp develops sustainable CS programs by unpacking implications of the technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge modeled within each PD session. Jared will also explain some of the educational philosophy behind the resources available in BootUp's 100% free curriculum.

Speakers:
Clark Merkley - Executive Director, BootUp PD
Jacqueline Olliges - Sr. Program Manager, Amazon Future Engineer
Jared O'Leary - Director of PD and Curriculum, BootUp PD
  
March 6, 2020
9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET

REGISTER HERE
Join us for an informational webinar to learn more about the initiative and go over frequently asked questions. Abby Funabiki will discuss district-wide elementary coding programs from across the country and discuss different ways your district can implement CSforALL!

Speakers:
Clark Merkley - Executive Director, BootUp PD
Jacqueline Olliges - Sr. Program Manager, Amazon Future Engineer
Abby Funabiki - Associate Executive Director, BootUp PD


Email questions to amazonfutureengineer@bootuppd.org.
To learn more about the Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative visit www.BootUpPD.org/Apply

Apply

Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative


Homepage image

The Amazon Future Engineer sponsorship provides three years of ongoing onsite professional development to elementary teachers on the content and pedagogy of computer science education. The sponsorship provides everything districts need to implement a sustainable computer science initiative. This includes eight onsite professional development workshops, ongoing model teaching and coaching, curricula and teacher lesson plans, and an online Instructional Coach Course to ensure the sustainability of the program.

Districts who are awarded will participate in professional development over a three year period and teach computer science to students during the school day. Every district is different; professional development and support will be customized and scheduled to take into account each district’s unique needs. Professional development and support will take place onsite at your district.

This application is for a service award (no money is awarded) that provides all of the support needed to implement computer science in elementary grades district-wide.  All professional development, support, and curriculum will be provided to each district at no cost. Districts will receive BootUp’s free project-based curriculum which uses the free coding platforms Scratch and ScratchJr. The curriculum (and over 100 projects) will remain free and available beyond the life of the award.

The services provided by this award must begin during the 2020-2021 school year and must be completed by December 31, 2023. Districts will collaborate with BootUp to schedule professional development and onsite support over a three year period.  

Districts will commit to the following during the award period: 

  • Participate in professional development

    • teachers attend 8 onsite PD workshops (6 hours each)

    • teachers participate in model teaching and coaching

  • Teachers implement computer science in their classrooms during the school day

  • Select and commit an Instructional Coach to

    • serve as the main contact between BootUp and teachers

    • complete an online Instructional Coach course

    • champion the initiative once support is complete 

  • Complete an Outcomes Report at the end of each year

BootUp Professional Development

BootUp PD is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with experience implementing district-wide elementary computer science initiatives with a focus on creativity and problem-solving. BootUp has worked with over 250 elementary schools in eight states, impacting over 120,000 students since 2015. BootUp prepares teachers to facilitate open-ended coding projects in the free platforms Scratch and ScratchJr that are not only project-based, but also personally meaningful. Students choose something that is interesting to them and find a way to explore that interest with code through design, music, art, animation, games, or stories.

Who Can Apply/Eligibility

U.S. school districts serving elementary students are eligible to apply for this opportunity. Applications will not be accepted from individual schools or teachers but must be authorized and submitted through their District or LEA. The District's superintendent (or approved designee) signature is required through a Superintendent Recommendation form through email. A copy of the Superintendent Recommendation form can be found HERE (PDF).
 

Awards, Award Process, and Timeline

Approximately 30-40 districts will receive an award. In order to serve all types of districts, we will designate a percentage of awards to urban, suburban, town, and rural communities.

Priority will be given to:

  • Districts serving a large percentage of students eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch 

  • Districts serving a large percentage of Minority students*
    *Minority students include students who are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and of Two or more races

  • Districts committing a large number of schools, educators, and student participants

  • Districts committing to an equitable implementation 

  • District committing to a district-wide implementation*
    *District-wide implementation is a strategy to ensure implementation is done equitably and that participant demographics align to district demographics as a whole.

Application Form

You can view a copy of the Application Form HERE (PDF) or HERE (Microsoft Word).

Timeline

Application Open: February 1, 2020

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020

Award Notification: No later than April 30, 2020

Program Activities: May 1, 2020 - May 31, 2023


Informational Webinars

February 28, 2020
9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET

RECORDING
Join us for an informational webinar to learn more about the initiative, go over frequently asked questions, and hear from districts who have already implemented the BootUp program. With guest Russ Adams, MOC Floyd Valley School District Superintendent. Russ Adams will share how his team, with BootUp, introduced district-wide computer science at MOC Floyd Valley, a rural district in Iowa.

Speakers:
Clark Merkley - Executive Director, BootUp PD
Russ Adams - Superintendent, MOC Floyd Valley School District

March 4, 2020
9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET

REGISTER HERE

Join us for an informational webinar to learn more about the initiative and go over frequently asked questions. Jared O'Leary will discuss the overall approach and philosophy behind BootUp's professional development and curriculum. In particular, Jared will demonstrate how BootUp develops sustainable CS programs by unpacking implications of the technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge modeled within each PD session. Jared will also explain some of the educational philosophy behind the resources available in BootUp's 100% free curriculum.

Speakers:
Clark Merkley - Executive Director, BootUp PD
Jacqueline Olliges - Sr. Program Manager, Amazon Future Engineer
Jared O'Leary - Director of PD and Curriculum, BootUp PD
  
March 6, 2020
9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET

REGISTER HERE
Join us for an informational webinar to learn more about the initiative and go over frequently asked questions. Abby Funabiki will discuss district-wide elementary coding programs from across the country and discuss different ways your district can implement CSforALL!

Speakers:
Clark Merkley - Executive Director, BootUp PD
Jacqueline Olliges - Sr. Program Manager, Amazon Future Engineer
Abby Funabiki - Associate Executive Director, BootUp PD


Email questions to amazonfutureengineer@bootuppd.org.
To learn more about the Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative visit www.BootUpPD.org/Apply

Apply
Opens
Feb 1 2020 12:00 AM (EST)
Deadline
Mar 31 2020 11:59 PM (EDT)