TCS and Discovery Education partner to prepare one million students for 21st Century careers
Tata Consultancy Services, a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced the launch of Ignite My Future in School, a multi-million dollar and first-of-its-kind initiative to use computational thinking as a catalyst to transform education in America. This program will enable educators, administrators and school districts to become ambassadors of a transdisciplinary approach and introduce computer science within the context of core subjects such as English, mathematics, social studies, science, and the arts.
Ignite My Future in School will engage 20,000 teachers and more than one million students over the next five years, offered free of cost to them and their school districts. Educators will be provided with high quality professional development content that aligns with existing curricular requirements, enabling them to reach students in a compelling, hands-on manner to learn computational thinking concepts and apply such digital skills to solve real world problems. These instructional courses, content and lesson plans will give faculty the opportunity to try new teaching strategies in their classrooms that are designed to increase student engagement and achievement.
Starting in 2017, Ignite My Future in School will be rolled out in school districts in 10 U.S. cities: New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Santa Clara, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Charlotte, Cincinnati, and Seattle. It will also be available across the U.S. through a virtual digital platform. Each market will have local learning leaders, who will promote teacher learning communities, connect participants and act as guides for cross-district learning and sharing. Moreover, more than 3,000 TCS employees will be actively involved as mentors and support the building of local coalitions in each city.