TCS and Discovery Education Introduce St. Louis Educators to Computational Thinking Strategies through Professional Development Training
Teachers from Metro St. Louis Participate in Classroom-Ready ‘Ignite My Future in School’ Critical Thinking Curriculum
ST. LOUIS, MO | NEW YORK, NY, December 7, 2018 – Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, launched the Ignite My Future in School Day of Discovery Techcademy for local teachers at Education Plus in St. Louis, Mo. This professional enrichment session connects local educators with curriculum experts to learn about Ignite My Future in School, understand its mission and receive hands-on training.
Ignite My Future in School offers educators curriculum support through free instructional resources with computational thinking strategies embedded into subjects such as math, sciences, arts, and social studies, all available on a digital platform. The program offers year-round assistance through a nationwide group of responsive and engaged teachers called Learning Leaders. This interdisciplinary approach to education equips students with thinking and technology skills that will be required for 21st century careers in every field.
The Bureau of Labor expects the number of tech employees to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, which would make tech the fastest growing industry. Next year, the tech field is projected to add more than 550,000 new jobs throughout the country. St. Louis, a fast-growing tech hub, has experienced a rise in tech jobs of 23.3 percent over the last year – only second to Seattle. The adoption of Ignite My Future in School will undoubtedly help supply well-equipped local talent to meet the industry’s rising demand.
“TCS is committed to preparing students in St. Louis and across America for 21st century careers, empowering them with digital, employability and behavioral skills,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS. “At the core of the ‘Ignite My Future in School’ curriculum is computational thinking, which is the foundation for a versatile generation of future leaders and innovators.”
On a national level, Ignite My Future in School aims to engage 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021. As a first step towards this objective, TCS and Discovery Education have already partnered with U.S. school districts in Metro Washington, D.C., Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin and California to launch this innovative initiative. Since debuting in 2017, IMFIS has provided training materials valued at more than $2 million and engaged nearly 300,000 students over 5,100 educators from all 50 states.
About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS)
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.
A part of the Tata group, India's largest multinational business group, TCS has over 411,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $19.09 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS' proactive stance on climate change and award winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.
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About Discovery Education
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.