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PAsmart Grants

The AIU Teaching and Learning Division was awarded a PA Smart Advancing grant. Diversifying PAsmart GrantsComputer Science Education in PA through Rural and English Learner Equity will receive a $474,741 award. Through a collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and a network of Intermediate Units across PA, we will work to increase the capacity and number of educators implementing computer science (CS), with a focus on equity, using CMU’s online, interactive high school CS curriculum: CS Academy. The project will expand CS Academy curriculum for Spanish-speaking students, teachers, and those in underrepresented and underserved populations. In addition, we are a partner with the Emerald Foundation who received a $499,352 grant to leverage the rapid growth of scholastic e-sports in PA to increase student participation in relevant, game-related career-readiness activities. The AIU will work with schools in the western region. The AIU is also a partner, along with CMU, to help Pittsburgh Public Schools launch a 16 school pilot program to bring vertically aligned computer science coursework to K-12 students. This will build on the AIU’s role with as a regional partner.