In exploring optimal learning in Computer Science education, studies indicate that retention and mastery occur when students investigate and are immersed in an inquiry-based series of questions and discoveries. The student-centered experience in the classroom sets up main ideas of core concepts in California’s CS standards—Computing Systems, Networks and the Internet, Data and Analysis, Algorithms and Programming, and Impacts of Computing—as treasures to uncover layer by intriguing layer.
LWJ collaborators are skilled facilitators and resource connectors to professional development in contextualized teaching and learning, building bridges from existing knowledge to new ideas through engaging, hands-on and real world experiences. Skill-building and confidence occurs in CS through activities that connect to meaning and encourage further investigation. As students progress along the continuum of grade-level CS concepts and sub-concepts, contextualized learning promotes interest and problem-solving acumen, and contributes to a culture of inclusivity and access to high-demand, well-paying jobs of the future.