Regional Partner Program

About the Program is selecting United States based organizations, as partners, to help spread computer science in a local, sustainable fashion. The goal of the Regional Partner program is to help each organization establish itself as a K-12 computer science hub for their region, offering professional learning opportunities for teachers and building a strong local community. In the long run, the expectation is that each partner organization can sustain this work independently of

To begin the partnership, each partner's Program Manager will attend TeacherCon in Phoenix, Arizona July 21-27, 2018 to experience teacher professional devleopment first-hand. In September, the partner will attend our Regional Partner Summit, a fabulous experience designed to welcome Regional Partners to the extended family. In addition, we will provide funding based on demonstrated need to help each organization establish itself as a local Regional Partner.

The ideal Regional Partner is a U.S. based regional education unit, a nonprofit, or a university with existing, positive relationships with nearby school districts and the local education community.

Applications are now open and will close on March 30, 2018.

What we'd expect of you

Below is a list of program commitments:

  • Provide a dedicated Regional Partner Program Manager who will participate fully in the Program Manager onboarding & ongoing program management responsibilities (at least 0.65 of an FTE’s time - this can be shared across one or more staff members of your organization)
  • Attend our 5-day TeacherCon in Phoenix, AZ from July 21 - 27, 2018.
  • Attend our Regional Partner Summits in the fall and spring, and host a 5-day local summer workshop for teachers from your region in 2019 and 2020.
  • Establish partnerships with local districts and schools to commit to send teachers to computer science professional learning workshops, particularly schools without computer science offerings.
  • Organize and host quality, local workshops for districts and schools implementing’s K-12 programs, with facilitators
  • Build, grow, and sustain a local community of computer science educators (or join an existing community)
  • Establish and implement an annual fundraising plan and goals to ensure program is fully funded locally by June of 2021 through any combination of state or federal funding, district cost recovery, and corporate or foundation grants or sponsorships.
  • Establish and meet detailed metrics on: growth of teachers and students in the region, implementation of courses, diversity, workshop surveys, teacher participant data, and quality of workshop.

What will provide in return

  • Appropriate levels of funding needed for the first three years of partnership by evaluating funding needs and funding opportunities in your region that can support and sustain this work.
  • Marketing your organization as the official Regional Partner for your state or region
  • Support and guidance from a dedicated Regional Manager
  • Coaching and tools for the Regional Partner on teacher recruitment, facilitator capacity, funding, regional CS expansion, workshop quality, diversity, and community building and reputation.
  • Support for the Regional Partner community, including hosting Regional Partner Summits during the length of the partnership.
  • Ongoing facilitator development and support through in-person and virtual training events.

Click here to see a more detailed term sheet with program details.

Where does have partners?

Click on a location for more information on the region and the Regional Partner who serves that area.