Latest Announcement

By Juana Moreno

Community of Practice Meetings

We are rebranding our traditional Saturday PD sessions as Community of Practice Meetings to emphasize the building of a community of practice among the BRBytes teachers. Also, meetings are no longer just on saturdays, as we have now alternative dates on weekdays to accomodate everyone's preferences.

Upcoming Meetings

Saturday, October 31 at 9am is the date for the next Community of Practice meeting.

If you cannot attend, the make-up day will be Thursday, November 5 at 6pm.

Past Meetings

The slides from the October 3rd and 15th meetings are now available.

By Jessica Moon
SCS ICT CEW CYB DMA

We are launching a monthly newsletter

Here is our October Issue

Contributions are welcome!

Please share your experiences with other BRBytes educators.

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BESE approves Computing Pathway courses for Jump Start 2.0

By Juana Moreno
SCS ICT CEW CYB DMA

At its monthly August 11-12 meeting the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved an extensive revision to the Jump Start 2.0 Universal Courses and Graduation Pathways.

Universal Courses

The following courses are now universal courses which can be applied to any of the JumpStart 2.0 Pathways to meet the nine-credit requirement.
  • Introduction to STEM Pathways & Careers fullfills the basic career readiness requirement.
  • Cybersecurity is included in the Safety Courses category.

Specific Pathways

Pathway-specific courses were also approved for each of the 11 Jump Start 2.0 Pathways, as shown in the following table.
Intro to Computational Thinking Data Manipulation & Analysis Interactive Computing Survey of Computer Science Programming for Engineers/STEM
Pathways included 10 5 2 2 1
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Architecture and Construction
Arts, AV Technology, and Communication
Business Management
Health Sciences
Hospitality and Tourism
Human Services
Information Technology
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Manufacturing
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Going back to School

By John Underwood
SCS ICT CEW CYB DMA

We here at the LSU Computing Pathways want to reach out to you with all our best thoughts and hopes that you have weathered our recent storms safely. We know that this is a time of great stress, recovery, and hard work for so many in our educational family. The LSU team is here to offer academic and technical support as you recover. We want you to know we are here to lend a helping hand and offer ideas/tools to help you with the upcoming process of restating classes. This year has been a unique year of educational challenges, but as a team we will make it a successful one.

Please be safe, take care of your loved ones, continue being amazing educators, and know we are here to help.

Notice to teachers preparing to get back to school

By Fernando Alegre
SCS ICT CEW CYB DMA

We know you are all working very hard to get ready for the up coming school year. COVID-19 will change many facets of all our jobs, but we know your dedication and energy will make your students feel welcome and successful. Our team has been working to try and reduce the work/stress load for you too. As schools are preparing for Fall classes, either in-person, virtually or in a hybrid setting, we are also preparing contingency plans to help teachers with the LSU Computing Pathway courses. We are going to approach the start of the school year with 2 time saving steps:

  1. We will be opening up a series of career lessons that you may do with your students until the schedules get settled. These are a part of the 7th grade careers curriculum, but will not have been done by your students before. Each lesson will be set up so you can let students explore the new JumpStart 2.0 pathways through the lens of STEM. These are enrichment to the current class curriculums, and once we get to step 2 can be stopped. They are also great substitute activities if you need them in the future.
  2. We will schedule a time and send you a zoom link to setup your virtual class rosters and go over the portal for classes. We are having student helpers on hand to do this in a 1 on 1 way to reduce stress. We are waiting until the week of the 10th in hopes that schedules will be a bit more set for students and that you will be able to have time to train on all the "new" things that the districts are offering.

Computing Pathway Summer Institute 2020

By Juana Moreno
SCS ICT CEW CYB DMA

Summer Professional Development has finished. Expect to see announcements for the Summer 2021 PD by the end of 2020.

LSU Pathways Summer Institute

By Fernando Alegre
SCS ICT CEW CYB DMA

More than 100 teachers participated in the LSU Pathways Summer Institute 2020 taking courses in one or more of our 4 main Pathways. If you have general questions about the Pathways or specific questions about a Pathway, here is the contact information:

Here is the contact information for the BRBytes grants (NSF and USDoE):
  • BRBytes Principal Investigator: Juana Moreno ☎ (225) 578-7586 📱 (225) 436-6870
  • EBRPSS-LSU Partnership Instructional Specialist: John Underwood 📱 (337) 351-9655