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How do we change a state?

The issues in South Carolina are different from the ones in Georgia, and they’re different again in Massachusetts and California. That’s what’s making this ECEP Alliance work interesting and complicated.

Below are some common themes that have surfaced from ECEP's work so far, based on observations from our first four case studies.

CS education accelerates with Hour of Code events

ECEP Partner States contributed to many events celebrating computing education as part of the annual Computer Science Education Week, held December 9-15th. This year, the Hour of Code tutorials made participation accessible and engaging. In total, almost five million students from 168 countries took part in the Hour of Code. See http://csedweek.org/events for event listings. A rundown of national happenings by Mark Guzdial is featured on CACM's blog

Massachusetts professional development providers join together, discuss future plans

On November 15, 2013, a meeting organized by ECEP brought together 20 professional development providers in Massachusetts. The group discussed teacher needs and the current training opportunities available for computer science educators--from Massachusetts-grown projects like App Inventor, Artbotics, and Scratch to curricular approaches like Exploring Computer Science courses. Participation from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was key to understanding opportunities for advancing computer science education in K12 in the state.

Summit on computing education in South Carolina

South Carolina is poised to be a national leader in computing education. South Carolina already has a CS requirement for all high school students.  Their students take more AP CS than many comparably-sized states.  They have a significant industry buy-in to improve computing, through the creation of IT-oLogy – a private-sector organization with a goal of improving IT education in South Carolina.

How to run a summer camp workshop

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) alliance is offering a free workshop October 12 and November 2 for college-level and high school educators/staff to learn how to start and run financially self-sustaining computing summer camps. These workshops will take place in Columbia, South Carolina and San Diego, California respectively. Applications for up to $4999.99 in "seed" funds to buy equipment will be available to residents who participate in the workshop.  

Educators form western Massachusetts group to support computer science teachers

Teachers of computer science and information technology in western Massachusetts will soon have their own local network for professional development and community. With the support of the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE), based at UMass Amherst, about 30 computer science educators gathered in Holyoke at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 to form a new chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).

Student leaders learn outreach strategies at STARS Celebration Conference

Atlanta hosted 300 computing professionals, students, and faculty for the STARS Celebration Conference August 15-17, 2013, and ECEP leaders were there to share strategies with the STARS Leadership Corp students who reach out to engage more young people in computing in their regions across the country. Barbara Ericson, ECEP co-PI at GeorgiaTech, led three sessions: Effective Outreach Using App Inventor to Create Android Apps; How to Run a Scratch Competition; and Project Rise Up 4 CS.

CS teachers strategize with ECEP to tackle key issues in 15 states

Twenty-three computer science teachers from 15 states gathered in mid June for a daylong workshop with leaders of the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance in an effort to identify opportunities to help states improve formal computing education pathways. Held in Quincy, Mass. on June 14, 2013, one day before the annual Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference, the workshop was “win-win” for ECEP and CSTA, who partnered to organize it.

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