Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative
|COVID-19 Response: Deadline Extended Indefinitely |
We have extended our deadline indefinitely and begun a rolling review and award process. If you have not started an application and are unable to do so at this time, please fill out this short Intent to Apply survey (1 minute) so we are aware of your intentions and can keep you informed of any updates. We will continue to accept applications and will review them on a rolling basis. We will begin reviewing applications received each month in the following month.
Getting Started with Virtual PD
We understand the uncertainty of when and how schools will resume in-person learning. We have begun implementing virtual professional development sessions with districts who want to begin or continue PD. Although we have research that supports our assertion that teachers and students love our in-person sessions, we have modified these sessions to work in a virtual setting without compromising our ability to model and discuss the same CS concepts, practices, standards, and pedagogies. For this sponsorship, we can work with districts to get started virtually.
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.
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 (3-6 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
attend the 8 onsite PD workshops with 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. public 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. The Superintendent Recommendation form can be completed virtually through email in the application or found HERE (PDF) or HERE (Microsoft Word). District support is a critical component in the successful implementation of this initiative. If you don’t yet have superintendent or district support we’ve provided free resources, including a way to contact your superintendent, and projects you can do right away!
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 and Superintendent Recommendation Form:
You can view a copy of the Application Form HERE (PDF) or HERE (Microsoft Word). The Superintendent Recommendation form can be completed virtually through email in the application or found HERE (PDF) or HERE (Microsoft Word)
Application Open: February 1, 2020
Application Deadline: Extended indefinitely (see COVID-19 Response above)
Applications submitted by September 30, 2020, will be reviewed in October 2020
Program Activities: Launching in districts as early as August 2020 and running for 3 consecutive school years
Informational WebinarsWatch a recorded informational webinar to learn more about the Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science initiative and go over frequently asked questions. Watch recordings of webinars HERE.
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