Code Savvy is excited to announce that applications for the 21-22 MNCodes Coding in the Classroom Leadership Cohort are now open through May 31st! This annual cohort is a great chance to dive in to a variety of topics around equitable and engaging computer science education

We are in the middle of a coding revolution! Computer science (CS) education plays an important role in preparing students of all ages for success in a wide variety of areas. In an effort to expand equitable and engaging computer science learning opportunities for all MN students, Code Savvy is seeking K12 and community educators to participate in the sixth year of the MN Coding in the Classroom Leadership Cohort, which was honored to receive an MHTA Tekne Award in 2017 for Innovative STEM Education. The purpose of the Cohort is to empower a network of visionary educators with knowledge, skills, resources and support so that we can expand equitable and engaging computer science education to all students in Minnesota. We are working together to make Minnesota a leader in CS education! 

The Cohort explores the concepts and practices within CS, as well as strategies for integrating CS into any subject area. We emphasize equitable teaching practices that interrupt and counteract gender and racial gaps in CS, while exploring a variety of coding platforms and resources and gaining insights into the IT industry through site visits and guest speakers. Participants develop, evaluate and share computer science curriculum that integrates CS into academic content areas and meets MN K-12 Academic Standards and CSTA K-12 Standards. Additionally, participants share their knowledge and resources with at least 10 other educators by creating and delivering professional development related to CS education.

Participants: Any K-12 or community educators who are involved with or interested in CS education are invited to apply. We encourage all experience levels! 

Dates: A 2-day kick-off event will be held August 9th and 10th, 2021, followed by monthly sessions from September, 2021 - May, 2022, both in-person and online (we will adjust meeting format to follow recommended health guidelines). The majority of cohort meetings will be online however to help build community we hope to host a few in-person meetings throughout the year, always following CDC and state health guidelines. The Cohort experience will include participation in the MNCodes Summit in November, 2021, and MNCodes CS Educator workshops in May, 2022. Most Cohort sessions will take place evenings or weekends - see the preliminary schedule here

Note: A travel stipend is available for those who live 50 miles or more outside the Twin Cities

Stipend & Credit Option: Cohort participants will receive a $250 stipend upon completion of the Cohort requirements and will have an option to earn 3 graduate credits through the College of St. Scholastica. The graduate credits will be offered at a discounted workshop rate.

Contact: Please contact us at with any questions.

Interested in changing the course of computer science education in MN? Apply here! 

Applications due May 31st, 2021.