Native American and Indigenous Peoples Initiative

Native American communities have unique experiences, barriers, and challenges in offering and fully engaging in computer science (CS) education in their K-12 systems. Data gathered in the K-12 Computer Science Access Report shows that Native American students are far less likely to attend a school that offers computer science (59% as opposed to the next lowest access group, Black students at 73%). This is even more significant than it seems since many students attending schools with access are likely attending schools in or near urban centers. Therefore, the disparity is even larger for Native American students attending school within rural and majority native communities.





Source: 2021 State of CS Report, advocacy.code.org/stateofcs



To close these access gaps, Code.org and others across the CS education landscape must:

  1. better understand the specific reasons why Native American schools and students do not have access to CS education, and
  2. take strategic and intentional approaches to increase participation by Native American K-12 students and the engagement of their teachers.

Code.org is actively learning from students, teachers, and administrators and developing new relationships to learn how to better support Native communities. As we learn more, Code.org will take on specific activities, programs, and partnerships to help make computer science more accessible in indigenous communities.

The gatherings and resources below represent a starting point for our ongoing collaboration with Native American and Indigenous communities.

CS Teachers in Native Communities Affinity Group

Monthly, 3rd Tuesdays of the month

Code.org is gathering a teacher affinity group // professional learning community of fellow CS teachers serving mostly Native American students.  These monthly virtual gatherings are a space for teachers to connect with one another, share resources, offer collective problem-solving, and more.

Please have any interested teachers reach out to naipi@code.org to be added to the calendar invite and sent the zoom link information for the next gathering.

Indigenous Communities & K-12 CS Education Virtual Summit

November 4-5, 2021

This summit brought together colleagues, administrators, teachers, policy makers, and advocates to discuss K-12 Computer Science Education in Native American communities.  Video recordings of two sessions will be added below. More resources discussed at the summit to be shared soon.

This virtual event was held under three banners:
Natives in Tech Annual Conference, Code.org, and CSEdCon (The Global Computer Science Education Conference).


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First Steps to CS Education in Our K-12 Schools: Solving Broadband


Welcome:
Andrea Delgado-Olson, Executive Director | Natives in Tech
Jackie Smalls, Chief Programs Officer | Code.org

Keynote: Kimball Sekaquaptewa, Chief Technology Officer | Sante Fe Indian School
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Panel: Indigenous Communities and K-12 Computer Science Education


Moderator: Ian Her Many Horses, Assistant Teaching Professor | CU Boulder; Board Member | Natives in Tech

Panelists:
Frieda McAlear, Senior Research Associate | Kapor Center
Elisabeth Holm, Founder | Sisterhood of Native American Coders (SONAC)
Jennifer Flanagan, President & CEO | Actua (Canada)
Zoe Timbrell, Kaiwhakahaere | OMGTech (New Zealand)

Resources

The following resources were shared among the community at the 2021 Indigenous Communities & K-12 CS Education Virtual Summit.
More resources to come! Have resources to add? Email naipi@code.org.

Sisterhood of Native American Coders

Indigenous Leadership in Technology (BC, Canada)

Colouring In Your Virtual White Spaces (New Zealand)

Free CS Curricula and PD

Get Involved

Are you a teacher? Indigenous community leader? Funder? Curious about how to get involved?
Contact naipi@code.org to explore how we can work together.