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What financial support for STEM Robotics PD will be provided to teachers from schools with high under-represented student populations and how are these tiers determined?

The Computer Science Education Grant program was designed to “introduce and engage students from historically underrepresented groups, including girls, low-income students, and minority students, to computer science and to inspire them to enter computer science careers”.

To this end, the STEM Robotics 101 PD program will prioritize participation and financial assistance into three tiers to serve this objective:

The Computer Science Education Grant program was designed to “introduce and engage students from historically underrepresented groups, including girls, low-income students, and minority students, to computer science and to inspire them to enter computer science careers.”

The STEM Robotics 101 professional development program prioritizes participation and financial assistance into three tiers to serve this objective:

Tier 1: Available to teachers who teach students from the most under-represented CS/STEM populations:

  1. Teachers of Mandatory STEM Robotics 101 Enrichment Classes (100% participation of girls)
  2. Teachers from Alternative Learning Experience Classes
  3. Teachers from Special Education Classes
  4. Teachers from schools in the highest quartile statewide (as determined by OSPI’s 2016/17 Washington State Report Card) for:
    a) Free or reduced-price meals population rate >60%
    b) Transitional/Bilingual population rate >15%
    c) Non-White/non-Asian population rate >50%Teachers from Tier 1 will be given the highest priority for professional development training slots and a $200 registration scholarship, reducing the 2-day STEM Robotics 101 Introductory Workshop fee to $195.

Tier 2: Available to teachers who teach students from high under-represented CS/STEM populations. Teachers from schools in the second-highest quartile statewide (as determined by OSPI’s 2016/17 Washington State Report Card) for:

  1. Free or reduced-price meals population rate >45%
  2. Transitional/Bilingual population rate >10%
  3. Non-White/non-Asian population rate >33%

Teachers from Tier 2 will be given second-highest priority for professional development training slots and a $100 registration scholarship, reducing the 2-day STEM Robotics 101 Introductory Workshop fee to $295.

Tier 3: All other public/private school teachers.

Teachers from Tier 3 will be given priority for professional development training slots on a first-come-first-served basis after Tier 1 and Tier 2 teachers are allocated slots. Tier 3 teachers will be given no additional financial assistance, but they will receive all the benefits listed in the previous FAQ.

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