Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, officially launched Ignite My Future in School in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD).
As early adopters of this system, DISD teachers will receive professional development, educational resources and year-round support to integrate computational thinking into core subjects such as math, sciences, arts and social studies. In turn, students will learn foundational skills for 21st century careers – across industries – through this transdisciplinary approach.
Ignite My Future in School hopes to address the disparity by developing relevant skills for 21st century job opportunities, particularly the new digital economy, with the emergence of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT).
“Nothing is more important than equipping our young people with the necessary skills to succeed. Computational thinking gives students the confidence and ability to solve society’s greatest challenges,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS.
On a National level, Ignite My Future in School has a goal of engaging 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021. As a first step towards this goal, TCS and Discovery Education announced that 10 U.S. school systems across the country – with more than 6,700 teachers and 194,000 students – joined the effort as early adopters of this transdisciplinary approach in a five-year educator training and learning commitment to help empower middle school teachers.