Education and Workforce Development Principles
TechNet advocates for education policies that prepare all American students to successfully participate in a global, interconnected, and technology-driven economy. In particular, TechNet supports:
- Including or expanding computer science offerings in high schools and allowing qualified computer science courses to fulfill a core high school graduation requirement.
- Robust and sustained efforts to train and recruit more high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and computer science teachers through effective professional development and teacher training programs in higher education.
- Promotion of the newly published K-12 Computer Science Framework developed by Association for Computing Machinery, Code.org, Computer Science Teachers Association, Cyber Innovation Center, and National Math and Science Initiative in collaboration with states, districts, and the computer science education community.
- Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that advance the knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness and success in high-demand technical career pathways.
- Policies and programs that focus on engaging and providing opportunities for female and minority students in STEM and computer science.
- Policies that encourage the use of digital content and technology, including access to high-speed wireless broadband and connectivity in the classroom, to provide individualized learning experiences, improve educational outcomes, and teach valuable workforce skills.
- Working with legislators to ensure that student data is protected, while also providing parents, teachers, and students the ability to access educational tools to promote innovation and technology in the classroom.
- Policies and programs that increase Internet adoption at home and digital literacy so no student is subject to the “homework gap.”