Chelmsford Public Schools is Partnering with

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — Chelmsford Superintendent Dr. Frank Tiano announced that the Chelmsford Public Schools is teaming up with to launch a comprehensive expansion of coding in Grades K-5.

The partnership will provide teachers with professional development to help students in grades K-5 learn about computer science in a format that is fun and accessible. Hadi Partovi, the founder of personally reviewed every application and chose Chelmsford as one of the top 10% to participate in this program. In addition, is donating the teacher training and materials.

Dr. Marilyn Sweeney coordinates technology curriculum for the Chelmsford Public Schools and is working with to expand student-coding skills and elementary school computer science education.

“The purpose of technology is to provide a ‘digital window’ into our curriculum and to provide an easily accessible, more engaging way for students to learn. The purpose of coding and computer-science training is to help students not only use technology, but also to develop it”, said Anne-Marie Fiore, the Executive Director for Technology and Information in Chelmsford.

“Our focus is to inspire students to try computer science thereby providing students with increased opportunities for the future,” Fiore stated.

“Teaching students how to code augments their skill set, no matter if they are college or career bound,” Superintendent Frank Tiano said. “In an economy that is growing with digital computing technologies, coding is a crucial skill; one that all students should have an opportunity to learn”, stated Tiano.

The goal of the Chelmsford Public Schools is to support educational innovation and provide 21st century skills that empower students to become successful adults. Chelmsford offers computer programming instruction in Grades 1-12, with several courses in computer programming and computer science at the high school.

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Author: Anne-Marie Fiore

Anne Marie is an instructional designer who works with educators to design, develop, and deliver instructional products and experiences. She knows that instructional designers wear many hats. They not only write objectives, create online courses, and develop assessments but also do video production, podcasting — even build websites.In addition to instructional designer, Anne Marie has worked as a curriculum specialist, assistant professor, and technology director. She was recognized by the Huffington Post as a Top Social Media Tech Leader and recently won a “Grand Award for Learning Program Design” in the 32nd Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. Anne Marie holds a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Northcentral University.In her spare time, Anne-Marie enjoys several hobbies; blogging, watching way too many true crime documentaries on the ID channel, and Star Trek. She lives in Hudson, New Hampshire, with her husband, Kenneth.