Earlier this month I attended the latest Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) gathering with pioneering educators, policy makers, and influencers from across the country to focus on computer science (CS) education policy. As I immersed myself into discussions, I wanted to better understand the relationship(s) between the intent of state and local policies to expand access to computing and the actual efforts being implemented in each state to enforce those policies. Here are my takeaways.
With the start of the new school year I've been thinking about questions that are often asked of me, particularly by those who have known me for only a short period of time and are leery of my interests in serving the underserved in education: Why do you care about Black and Brown students? Why do you care about poor Hispanic and Asian communities? Why do you care, period?
Summer is perfect for playing at the pool, eating popsicles, and playing outside, but it’s also a great opportunity to engage kids with computer science concepts. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite computing activities that parents, teachers, camp counselors, and more can implement into the day.
I’ve attended the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference almost every year for the last ten years and was so pleased to see the largest attendance to date at this year’s conference in Phoenix, AZ.
The school year is wrapping up, which means that we are finishing out year one as Constellations Fellows. Phew, what a ride it has been. A ride we wouldn’t trade for anything. However, we would be lying if we didn’t say that this first year has been a breeze.