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SPS Administrator recognized with National Award

Paul Foster honored as Champion of Computer Science
Posted on 12/12/2019
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) has named Springfield Public Schools Chief Officer of Information and Accountability Paul Foster as the 2019 Champion of Computer Science Administrator. 

Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick said the national recognition is well deserved and speaks to the enormous investment the district has made in technology, a multi-pronged initiative that includes a laptop provision for every Springfield Public Schools student and professional development to help teachers master the use of technology to augment teaching.

In selecting Foster as the recipient of this national recognition, CSEdWeek pointed to his leadership role in creating an elementary school computer science curriculum for the district’s elementary schools. As a result of that work, the National Science Foundation provided the school district with a grant that supports teachers in the writing of a computer science curriculum that will be integrated into all core subjects. 

Foster said his motivation for enriching technology opportunities for students is rooted in his desire to ensure SPS students graduate prepared for success in college or career. “Springfield is a district that serves students who traditionally are underrepresented in STEM fields and computer science fields,” said Foster. “We need to level that playing field and that means giving our students every possible chance to be part of STEM and computing fields professionally.” 

CSEdWeek, an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science, made the announcement during a ceremony held this week at Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico as part of “Hour of Code” week. The Hour of Code Week is a worldwide initiative, in which SPS is a participant, designed to introduce young people to the science of coding and other computer skills. 

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