July 31, 2018, Cedar Rapids, IA – Seventy-six educators, representing rural and urban schools
throughout Iowa, participated in NewBoCo’s Code.org Professional Learning Program this
summer.

“We are proud to be scaling Iowa’s Code.org Professional Learning Programs in order to reach
our goal of computer science in every Iowa school,” NewBoCo K-12 Education Coordinator and
Code.org program manager Samantha Dahlby said. “Our teachers are passionate and dedicated to
expanding their skills in order to provide students with these important opportunities.”
NewBoCo is the Code.org Regional Partner for Iowa led by Dahlby. In the first year of the
program, the NewBoCo team trained 32 middle and high school teachers how to teach computer
science. This year, that number is more than double, and NewBoCo has also absorbed the
professional development program for Code.org’s CS Fundamentals, a computer science
curriculum for grades K-5.

“NewBoCo now offers professional development opportunities on free computer science
curricula for K-12, providing great options for Iowa school districts. We know that it is
important to provide exposure to students at a young age, so that they can make educated
decisions in high school when they have many course choices,” Dahlby said. “It is also important
for us to support high-quality curriculum options that will continue to be free for districts,
reducing barriers to implementation and continued availability.”

With more than 100 new teachers trained to teach computer science over the last two years,
NewBoCo is increasing its impact statewide and driving toward its goal of computer science in
every school in Iowa. The teachers participating in this program not only learn how to use the
curriculum and supports available from Code.org, but also learn about and practice a variety of
ways to introduce computer science concepts to a wide variety of students.
“Companies in Iowa are absolutely feeling the crunch when trying to hire tech talent,” NewBoCo
Chief Operating Officer Aaron Horn said. “We have a more immediate tech education strategy
with DeltaV Code School and our Registered Apprenticeships for Software Developers, but we
also have a long term strategy to get more kids exposure to computer science early on, which is
why our Code.org Partnership is so important. We want Iowa to be the first state in the nation to
have computer science in every school, and we’ve got a plan to get there.”
Following the weeklong intensive training, teachers will meet four more times throughout the
academic year for additional professional development.
“I was very apprehensive about teaching computer science going into the training,” Rob
Cunningham from Spirit Lake High School said. “The training not only gave me confidence in
teaching computer science, but it helped show me how accessible it is to everyone. Computer
science is way more than programming; it is teaching students how to think critically, creatively,
and collaboratively.”

While 6th-12th grade teacher applications for the 2018–2019 cohort have closed, K-5 workshops
may be held any time throughout the year. Teachers and school districts wanting to implement
computer science can work with Samantha by contacting her at samantha@newbo.co. Those
interested in donating to support tech education and professional development for teachers can
email hello@newbo.co or visit https://newbo.co/donate/.

About NewBoCo
The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) is a 501(c)(3) organization located in
the New Bohemia neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. NewBoCo’s programming supports
entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech education to help Iowans become more resilient and
thrive in a changing economy.

Media contact: Jessalyn Holdcraft, jessalyn@newbo.co

The 78 educators in 2018-2019 cohort represent 58 school districts (two educators participated in
a different weeklong training):
Anamosa School District
Aplington-Parkersburg Community School District
Belle Plaine Community School District
Bergman Academy
Bettendorf Community School District
Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom Community School District
Carlisle Community School District
Cedar Valley Catholic Schools
Central City Community School District
Central DeWitt Community School District
Central Lee Community School District
Chariton Community School District
Charles City Community School District
Cherokee Community School District
Clarksville Community School District
Columbus Community School District
Coon Rapids-Bayard Community School District
Danville Community School District
Decorah Community School District
Denison Community Schools
Des Moines Public Schools
Dubuque Community School District
Eldora-New Providence Community School District
Forest City Community School District
Fort Madison Community School District
Galva-Holstein School District
Glidden-Ralston Community School District
Iowa City Community School District
Jesup Community School District
Johnston Community School District

Keokuk Community School District
Lone Tree Community School District
Manson Northwest Webster Community School District
Marshalltown Community School District
Mid-Prairie Community School District
New London Community School District
Newman Catholic Schools
North Cedar Community School District
North Iowa Community School District
North Linn Community School District
Ogden Community School District
Postville Community School District
Prairie Valley Community School District
Remsen St. Mary’s Schools
Riceville Community School District
Roland-Story Community School District
Saydel Community School District
Sergeant Bluff-Luton School District
Sidney Community School District
Solon Community School District
Southeast Polk Community School District
Spirit Lake Community School District
Starmont Community School District
Turkey Valley Community School District
Twin Cedars Community School District
Waterloo Community School District
Winterset Community School District
Xavier Catholic Schools