The purpose of the MN Coding in the Classroom Leadership Cohort is to develop knowledgeable, visionary educators who can help make Minnesota a world leader in computer science education and help all students become creators, not merely users, of new technologies.
Each year 25-35 elementary, middle and high school school educators from across Minnesota are chosen to participate in the Cohort during the academic year. The Cohort meets monthly from August - May, both in-person and online. Most Cohort meetings take place evenings and weekends, and a travel stipend is available to educators who live more than 50 miles outside of the Twin Cities.
In May, Cohort members facilitate a statewide coding education event, the MN Coding in the Classroom Summit. The summit takes place on a weekday and schools are asked to cover the sub cost (as needed) for Cohort members to attend that day. An important piece of Cohort participation is the development and implementation of coding resources that align to Minnesota academic standards.
Additionally, all Cohort members are asked to develop and share professional development about coding in the classroom with at least 10 other educators. Cohort member have the opportunity to implement integrated coding resources with students at their schools and share their professional development session with educators within their schools or districts.