Smart Start Program
Anticipated Opportunity: Funding to increase expertise in STEM, including computer science, and/or educational technology among teachers of grades K-8.
Smart Start Program: To provide professional development and support services to increase expertise in STEM, including computer science, and/or educational technology among teachers of grades K-8, to enable such teachers to become in-house experts in their schools. For elementary and middle school students, computer science concepts and skills may be integrated into teaching science and mathematics as well as art and music, or other core classes. Per the statute, professional development and support services must be provided by qualified non-profit partners or institutions of higher education. Though, over the course of its implementation, the Smart Start Grant program will build expertise among K-8 educators, the program’s initial rollout will be targeted to K-5 educators to enable a phase-in of opportunities for students as they advance in grade levels. It appears this is an opportunity to establish experts (coaches, mentors, facilitators, masters, etc.) and teacher leaders.
Eligibility: Not established yet.
Anticipated Release Date: Presently anticipated for May 15, 2019
Funding: $6 Million annually for a five-year period.
Interested: If you have interest please contact Chris Semler at Chris.Semler@wflboces.org or 585-200-2568.
Interested in providing input? Please take our survey on the Smart Start program.