Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative
The Amazon Future Engineer sponsorship provides three years of BootUp ongoing onsite professional development to elementary teachers on the content and pedagogy of computer science education. Ongoing model teaching and coaching are an important piece of professional development and also provided onsite for teachers. A district Instructional Coach is also trained through an online Instructional Coach Course to ensure the sustainability of the program.
Districts who are awarded will participate in professional development over a 3 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 school, educator, 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 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
To learn more about the Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative visit www.BootUpPD.org/Apply