Perris Union High School District, along with eight other school districts, is announcing the formation of the Inland Empire Code Consortium, the largest alliance of school districts in California to partner with the non-profit Code.org. The goal of this consortium is to increase participation in computer science courses by women and underrepresented students of various ethnic backgrounds. The official announcement will take place on March 15th at 9am at Bourns Technology Center in Riverside.
The consortium is comprised of the following School Districts:
- Corona Norco Unified
- Covina Valley Unified
- Fontana Unified
- Jurupa Unified
- Perris Union High School District
- Riverside Unified
- San Jacinto Unified
- Temecula Valley Unified
- Val Verde Unified
The partnership will begin with the training of the teachers in June 2016, while students will begin engaging with curriculum starting in the fall. Students within the participating districts will have increased access to computer science courses, curriculum and resources. The partnership will also provide new opportunities for professional development and training for Perris Union High School District and Consortium district teachers, in addition to creating a sustainable program via a community of support for teachers.
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and minorities. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to have access to computer science education. Code.org believes computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
Code.org is excited to partner with Perris Union High School District and all of the partner districts to expand access to computer science. They are among the handful of districts leading the nation in this movement. This partnership can help change the lives of the district’s’ students by preparing them to think critically about real world problems and put them on a pathway toward the highest demand jobs in the U.S. economy.
– Cameron Wilson of Code.org
The Perris Union High School District whole-heartedly supports the goals of the Inland Empire Code Consortium. Our Scholar+ initiative made PUHSD one of the first Districts in California to embrace giving every student a computer. Our 1:1 adoption has been enhanced this year by our addition of Maker-Spaces at almost all sites and our approval of a computer programming/science pathway this year. We look forward to working with Code.org and our Consortium partners in the inland region going forward.
– Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent PUHSD