"The Bootstrap curriculum stands out from the numerous computer science and computational thinking curricula that have cropped up in recent years," says Thea Charles, Head of Knowledge and Impact at Siegel Family Endowment (SFE), which is making a gift to support the K-12 CS curriculum directed by Kathi Fisler, Shriram Krishnamurthi, and Emmanuel Schanzer of Brown CS.
The project is a natural fit for SFE, which supports people who do work at the intersection of learning, workforce, and infrastructure, and champions organizations whose work contributes to making a world in which all people have the tools, skills, and context necessary to engage meaningfully in a rapidly changing society. Bootstrap, now reaching about 25,000 students each year (approximately forty-three percent are girls and forty-six percent are minorities), will be using SFE's support for general operation and to grow capacity. It's a promising start to the year for the organization, which recently joined a national coalition of educational groups to create comprehensive K-12 CS pathways and was praised as being part of a "wave of the future" by Internet pioneer Vint Cerf.
"The members of the Bootstrap team are leaders in the field," says Charles, "and their expertise and commitment have helped so many teachers incorporate computational thinking to their curricula in a way that is both creative and backed by research. We're eager to keep learning from them."
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