If anyone is interested, Included is the email exchange.
My first email, to the head of the CTAE department.
I am very interested in getting a programming class for our school. Because this counts as a CTAE class, I was wondering if I have to go through you, or should I go straight to administration. I have a good pitch and solid ideas, realistic as well. I just need someone top itch the ideas to and to listen to my plea. I am confident in my ability to get the class offered, but like I said, I just need to know who to talk to.
And my response to her BS response. Please, pay close attention to my snarkiness and slight sarcasm. I was angry at her response, lol.
Is it a requirement to have a full pathway to have one course? I was thinking of it replacing one or two sections of Computer Applications I per year and being offered as more or less an advanced CTAE class, similar to the way Multicultural and British Lit are set up. That way honors/AP students could take a more challenging course for their CTAE credit (though this is not my only reasoning). As far as dual-enrollment, I wasn't specifically speaking for me, I would like there to be the class for people later. I likely would not even have the opportunity to take the class, but I feel strongly about getting more programming courses into schools. I understand fully the difficulties of having shortages of teachers, but even, say, removing one Computer Applications I section per year and one Computer Applications II per year where admission to the class was based on GPA, OR offering both basic and intermediate programming (AP Computer Science is but a pipe dream at this point) on a per-interest basis where admission into the class was based on GPA (both by GPA to be able to keep one section and allow deserving students in) would eliminate some of the understaffing issues we have. Because we already have Computing in the Modern World, these two classes in place of two other classes a year would allow another pathway, but also keep the pathways we have. However, if pathways are not required to add one course, a Beginners a Programming course itself would be great. Again, these are not all of my ideas, nor all of my reasons. This is just preliminary stuff to get more of my ideas heard and possibly get the ball rolling and at least pitch my full idea. I have a lot of the glaring holes covered at least in terms of ideas. I fully understand the handicaps we have as a school, but I also believe strongly enough in this I think I can start something here. Thank you for listening and looking into my request further, and I hope you can set me up with either you or the administration to get my full pitch in and I hope to get feedback from you for the ideas I just presented, even reasons why they wouldn't work.