HillRag: After Fire, Digital Pioneers PCS will Open Sept. 3

Foster said that about 14 volunteers came to the school Monday, August 26 to help prepare the school for students, building desks, cleaning furniture impacted by the rebuilding process, assembling teacher supply kits and hanging motivational signs throughout the building. “That’s been a really positive piece for us.”

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Mashea Ashton
Mashea Ashton Interviewed by "On The Story" Anchor Lynn Smith

“We are the first computer science middle school in all of Washington D.C. We believe that Computer Science is the digital literacy of the 21st century. So while our students are creating websites and coding, they’re also focused on the computational thinking skills like communications, and thinking critically, and thoughtfully and creatively to solve the world’s most complex problems.”

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Mashea Ashton
The 74: While 5G Is Coming to Our Cell Phones, Our Schools Are Stuck in 2G. 3 Ways to Help Give Our Kids a Cutting-Edge Education

As we steadily become more digital, the need for computer-savvy job candidates continues to grow, yet almost 50 percent of students still have no access to computer science courses in school. America is creating a 5G network, but we’re not developing a 5G workforce — it’s like creating a highway system without teaching driver’s ed.

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Mashea Ashton