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Cybersecurity Education: From College To W.Va. Grade Schools  

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Marshall University was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
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Marshall University is preparing to present a GenCyber learning opportunity for West Virginia’s K-12 teachers. Titled the GenCyber Teacher Academy Conference, the program will focus on “Cybersecurity in the Classroom: Empowering K through 12.” Free registration is available to all K-12 teachers for the April 20 event, with materials and lunch provided.

Organizers want to recruit teachers from the tri-state area who can showcase how they are integrating cybersecurity concepts in the classroom. Marshall is offering a $100 stipend for those who present virtually and a $200 stipend for those who present in person. There also will be six prize drawings, three $500 prize drawings for virtual participants and three $1,000 prize drawings for in-person participants.

Dr. Husnu Narman, a member of Marshall’s Institute for Cyber Security, said in a press release he expects specialized learning for teachers who are interested in integrating computing and cybersecurity into their curriculum.

“Teachers will have an opportunity to network with their peers and share their success stories and challenges in implementing these subjects in their classrooms,” Narman said. “We expect that the conference will provide valuable insights and practical methods for enhancing the computing and cybersecurity education in K-12.”

The registration deadline is April 5, 2024, and details can be found here

The event is offered through Marshall University’s College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, with support from the GenCyber summer camp program of the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency.