Even in an unimaginable, dumpster fire year, CSforALL is proud of everything we accomplished in 2020 and optimistic for the year 2021

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In a year where being agile, innovative and proactive wasn’t an option, we, as an organization, were tested and stretched in our mission’s delivery as many across the nation were. We look back at 2020 proud of our team’s effort, inspired by the CSforALL (Computer Science for ALL) communities’ resilience and thankful for our funders, partners, and extended networks. Together we continued to advance a crucial national mission under many on-going uncertainties.

Before we go full steam ahead in 2021, let’s take a moment to acknowledge CSforALL’s work and outcomes that our organization produced in the chaotic year…


2020 #CSforALL Commitment Maker, Bay Area Youth Computer Science Council, Shares Reflections on the Organization’s — Almost Two Year — Journey

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Jessica Song, Founding Member and Head Officer of Education (center) with three event attendees, July 2019

In March 2019, three high school students who were interested in CS — and boba — congregated at the San Mateo County Office of Education with Dr. Emily Thomforde to discuss their hopes and fears for the future of CS Education. Brainstorming on a large whiteboard, they wrote down all of their ideas, ranging from hosting inclusive panel events about different fields of CS to organizing free online CS resources for high school students.

I, Supriya Lall, Founding Member and Head Outreach Officer of BAYCSC, was one of these three high schoolers. Although we were small in number, we immediately knew what we wanted to do: inspire others. We wanted to build a world in anyone — regardless of ethnicity or gender — could pursue computer science. We wanted to build on the legacy of those who came before them; who were brave enough to shatter the glass ceiling and overcome institutionalized racism and sexism. Most of all, we wanted to address the inequities in CS Education, a pandemic in itself. …


Tech Kids Unlimited has made a 2020 #CSforALL Commitment to Design Computer Science Learning for Neurodiverse Students during COVID.

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Zoom meeting with 24 participants. Most participants have their cameras turned on, and a few have their names displayed in place of their image. Many of the participants are waving both hands in the air next to their heads to show silent applause.

At Tech Kids Unlimited (TKU), a NYC-based out-of-school time education organization that was piloted in 2009 and received its not-for-profit status in 2014, we work with neurodiverse students, so accessibility and engagement have always been front and center. At TKU, students’ possibilities are unlimited — when they are taught in a supportive and motivational way, the sky’s the limit. TKU staff is accustomed to taking each student’s unique learning needs into consideration as programs and curricula are planned. TKU was recently awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant in partnership with CUNY-College of Staten Island and The Ability Project at NYU Tandon to explore evidence-based strategies to engage neurodiverse youth in informal STEM learning. …


New Commitments Reflect Efforts from Schools, Cities, Nonprofits, and Industry to Advance Computer Science Education Across the U.S. and Around the Globe

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Today we announce 127 organizations have made 165 commitments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK, NY, NOVEMBER, 17, 2020 — Today, at the virtual CSforALL Commitments Showcase, CSforALL announced new commitments from the CS education community to advance computer science education for all youth, including highlighting promising new work in response to the impacts of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice on the computer science (CS) education movement. …


This Tuesday at 7:00 PM EST, CSforALL will present the 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase via livestream on all platforms.

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2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase

At 7:00 PM EST on Tuesday, November 17th, CSforALL will go live virtually for the first time with the computer science education community to announce the 2020 #CSforALL Commitments.

The past three years, CSforALL has hosted an in-person event that brings together CS education influences, tech leaders, policy makers, and notable celebrities. This Tuesday’s virtual event won’t fall short on the speaker lineup, surprises, energy, or the national commitments announcement! …


Join John B. King Jr., President and CEO of The Education Trust and Brenda Wilkerson, President and CEO of Anitab.org for a conversation around on-going efforts by the CS education community to address structural racism and injustice.

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The star-studded lineup of speakers for the virtual 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase

John B. King Jr., President and CEO of The Education Trust


Dr. Bernard Harris, Chief Executive Officer of National Math + Science Initiative and Evan Spiegel, Co-Founder and CEO, Snap Inc. will discuss how to prepare the next generation of problem solvers among students, educators, policy makers and more.

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The star-studded lineup of speakers for the virtual 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase

Dr. Bernard Harris, Equipping Educators and Districts to Deliver Quality STEM Education and Computer Science Learning


Let’s Talk Diversity and Inclusion with Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, American Actor and Irma Olquin, CEO and Co-Founder of Bitwise Industries

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The star-studded lineup of speakers for the virtual 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase

Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, American Actor and Accessibility Activist


Larry Irving, President and CEO of the Irving Group and Mike Conley Jr., American Professional Basketball Player will address the impact of COVID-19 in CS education.

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The star-studded lineup of speakers for the virtual 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase

Larry Irving, President and CEO of the Irving Group


We’re excited to announce our Keynote and two Close the Gaps speakers for the 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase!

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The star-studded lineup of speakers for the virtual 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase

Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab

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The national hub for the Computer Science for All movement, making high-quality computer science education an integral part of K-12 education in the US.

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