Learn how one hybrid project, CS4NorCal, uses research and innovation to implement computer science education in rural California schools
After reflecting on recent research that suggests students in rural schools face persistent challenges to accessing CS education, California’s Small School Districts’ Association (SSDA) launched CS4NorCal, a five-year project, that seeks to learn how to establish pathways that allow students in small rural schools to access CS pathways. …
How can computer science education support the change of social and economic vitality in rural America? CSforALL’s member, Thinking Media- Learning Blade, shares their key ingredient.
Have you heard of the rural brain drain? It is a concept based on the idea that many rural students leave their communities in the search for higher-wage, high-demand jobs right out of college. This outward migration of young, college-educated workers from rural areas can present significant social and economic challenges for rural communities across America.
Computer Science education can be an incredible lever in combating the rural brain drain. Virtual or at-home work…
CSforALL’s member, imagiLabs, interviewed a high school student about their rural upbringing and how that altered their computer science education
Picture living in Eureka, Nevada, a population of almost 500, versus living in New York City, a population of almost 8.5 million. Or consider the streets of central London versus the pastoral villages of Northern Ireland. Aside from the heavily publicized examples of barriers within STEM careers, such as a lack of successful women role models and educational programs for marginalized groups, lies the infamous gap between rural and urban accessibility. …
The 2021 CSforALL Summit is confirmed to be held virtually on October 19th and 20th
WHAT’S THE CSforALL SUMMIT:
The CSforALL Summit is an annual convening of the national community of computer science educators, researchers, and activists to mark progress and announce new commitments to reach the goal of access to rigorous, inclusive, and sustainable computer science education for all United States students.
WHY WAS THE DECISION MADE TO HOLD THE 2021 CSforALL SUMMIT VIRTUALLY?
As we enter the middle of summer 2021, CSforALL understands that the pandemic has not ended, many individuals have been vaccinated and some haven’t. …
CSforALL’s member, BootUp PD, has partnered with a district (Caroline County Public Schools) that serves only 5,000 students to support the broadening of Computer Science Education.
Computer science education has increasingly become a priority for school districts all over the country in the last few decades. For many years, states, districts, and organizations have been using the K-12 Computer Science Framework to develop and implement programs for secondary students to explore computing concepts. However, until recently, much of the focus has remained at the secondary level because of concerns about elementary students’ readiness to tackle demanding topics such as computing…
Despite the Pandemic, 2020 CSforALL Commitment Maker, the Harris County School District (Hamilton, GA), Committed to Implementing a K-12 CSEd Program in the 2020–2021 Academic Year
2020 Commitment: Harris County Schools makes a commitment to develop student problem-solving skills through computational thinking by providing computer science courses to 3,200 students in grades 5–12 in Southwest Georgia.
CSforALL’s Member, The Congressional App Challenge, describes their 2020 CSforALL Commitment and CSEd activities in the wake of the COVID-19 Crisis
Our 2020 Commitment: The Congressional App Challenge is committed to inspiring a diverse pipeline of future CS talent in every corner of the nation by partnering with Congress to host hundreds of local coding competitions in congressional districts across the nation. In our sixth year, the Congressional App Challenge aims to host App Challenges for over two-thirds of all American students in all fifty states. We plan to do this by working with over two-thirds of the House of…
On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we celebrate the tenth anniversary, with the question, what does it take to remove accessibility barriers to make computer science literacy, education, and careers accessible to ALL?
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029. However, individuals with disabilities are less likely to pursue information technology degrees. One of the reasons for this is the lack of accessible learning applications and curriculum. For example, a blind student who uses a screen-reader to navigate a computer. …
Together it’s our job to drive action in the computer science space!
#CSforALL commitments are new, specific, and measurable actions aimed at advancing the goal of rigorous and inclusive computer science education for all US youth, and are designed to grow support and momentum for a sustainable K-12 computer science education system in and out of school.
Making a commitment gives organizations an opportunity to announce a new CS effort on a national stage which can be leveraged to bring new partners to the table, increase impact, and grow the footprint of engaged stakeholders.
For more information: www.summit.csforall.org/commitments
As 2021 Women’s History Month comes to an end, we want to conclude with stories of three young women and their journeys through computer science courses, internships, competitions, and more!
Student at St. Mary’s University of Texas
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.