Computational thinking was identified by the board president and superintendent as a necessary skill set and priority focus area four years ago when this journey began. While coding languages are ever-evolving, the district is committed to exposing students to the computational mindset, which will allow them to learn more fluidly in the future.
Mineola seeks to provide students with the opportunity to own their own learning, progress at their own pace, and customize their projects. Each student learns differently and has different interests. The computational thinking progression and growth mindset that is embedded throughout Mineola celebrates student choice and interest.
It’s incredibly important not to implement something that is only for a group of students. Everything we do for students is grade-wide or subject-wide, and it’s done very purposefully to make sure every child has access to the opportunity. When we’re dealing with something that we’ve identified as important in the world, every kid has to get it. It’s that plain and simple.