Alliance Members

ECEP (Expanding Computing Education Pathways) is a National Science Foundation-funded Broadening Participation in Computing alliance to facilitate state-level computing education reforms. ECEP builds on five years of work by CAITE (Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education) and Georgia Computes! Each has been successful in facilitating state-level systemic change that has improved the quality of computing education, broadening participation in computing, and increasing the number of students in the pathway to computing and computing-intensive degrees. The ECEP Alliance includes 16 states – Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia - and the territory of Puerto Rico.

U.S. States & Territories

ECEP Leader(s)

  • Jeff Gray, Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Alabama
  • Tammy Dunn, Chief Academic Officer, A+ College Ready

ECEP Statewide Coordinator(s)

CSTA Chapter(s)

Related Project(s)

ECEP Leader(s)

  • Anthony Owen, Coordinator of Computer Science, Arkansas Department of Education
  • Tim Johnston, STEM Education Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Career Education
  • Carl Frank, Computer Science Teacher, Arkansas School for Math, Sciences & the Arts

Related Activities

Driven by the support of their Governor Asa Hutchinson, Anthony Owen, Computer Science Coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Education is building a model for CS for All that is making state-level impact, and being viewed as a model for other states to consider. 

ECEP Leader(s)

  • Debra Richardson, Professor Emeritus of Informatics, University of California—Irvine & Steering Committee Chair, ACCESS
  • Julie Flapan, Executive Director, ACCESS

ECEP Member(s)

  • Quinn Burke, Senior Research Scientist, Digital Promise Global (formerly SC state lead)

CS Education Organization(s)

CSTA Chapter(s)

CS Ed Landscape Report(s)

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • Updating California's Computer Science Education Landscape Report (ECEP minigrant, Round 3, 2015)
  • Supporting statewide ECEP-CA coordinator
  • Coordinating with ACCESS, a statewide network of CS education leaders on policy efforts, including computer science standards, teacher preparation pathways, and making CS count
  • Updating teacher credentialing for computer science (new Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science)
  • Participating in California Community College ICT Sector, LAOC Regional Consortia, particularly focusing on articulation agreements
  • Participating on UC Transfer Pathways Project between the California Community College and the University of California systems, specifically to identify a common set of lower-division pre-major preparation courses for Computer Science.

Related Project(s)

ECEP Leader(s)

  • Chinma Uche, Math/Computer Science Teacher, Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science
  • Seth Freeman, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, Capital Community College

ECEP Statewide Coordinator(s)

  • Jennifer Michalek, Education Consultant for Mathematics, Connecticut State Board of Education

CS Education Organization(s)

  • Computer Science Advisory Group, Connecticut
    • Organization leader(s): Jennifer Michalek, Education Consultant for Mathematics, Connecticut State Board of Education

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • Landscape report: CS for CT wishes to thoroughly measure the current state of K-12 computer science education in Connecticut (ECEP mini-grant, Round 4, 2016)

CSTA Chapter(s)

Related Project(s)

ECEP Leader(s)

  • Mark Guzdial, Principle Investigator, Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) & Professor of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Barbara Ericson, Co-Principle Investigator, Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) & Director, Computing Outreach and Senior Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology

CS Education Organization(s)

CSTA Chapter(s)

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • In 2013, piloted Project Rise Up 4 CS to increase the number of African-American high school students who pass the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science (CS) A exam in Georgia. This project has been replicated at 3 other institutions thanks to a Google RISE grant.
  • IN 2014, piloted Sisters Rise Up 4 CS to increase the number of female high school students who pass the AP CS A exam in Georgia.
  • Ran 12 summer computing camps and weekend workshops reaching more than 1,200 students.
  • Offered 5 professional development opportunities, attended by 73 teachers.
  • Gathered 2- and 4-year college faculty and staff for the University System of Georgia Transfer Summit.

ECEP Leader(s)

  • Maureen Biggers, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Education, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Anne T. Ottenbreit-Leftwich, Associate Professor, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University Bloomington

CSTA Chapter(s)

CS Ed Landscape Report(s)

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • Build a steering committee, hold two state gatherings, and produce a landscape report (ECEP mini-grant, Round 4, 2016)

Related Project(s)

ECEP Leader(s)

ECEP Statewide Coordinator(s)

  • Dr. Jan Plane, Principal Lecturer, Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Megean Garvin, CS Matters Research Associate and Maryland Center for Computing Education - Acting Director of Research, UMBC

CS Education Organization(s)

CSTA Chapter(s)

CS Ed Landscape Report(s)

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • Gathering CS education stakeholders in Maryland to strategize and cement progress toward offering CS to all students in Maryland  (ECEP mini-grant, Round 2, 2015)
  • ECEP PIs spoke about Mass. and Georgia statewide efforts at Maryland Computing Education Summit, 2013

Related Project(s)

ECEP Leader(s)

  • Rick Adrion, Principal Investigator, Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance & Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Renee Fall, Co-Principal Investigator, Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance & Project Manager, Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE)

CS Education Organization(s)

CSTA Chapters

CS Ed Landscape Report(s)

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • Working with MassCAN and members of this statewide coalition to make high-quality CS education available to all K12 students in Mass.
  • Training teachers in professional development workshops
  • Gathered CS professional development providers and state education dept. to share best practices and explore coordination
  • Participating in development of K12 digital literacy and computer science standards
  • Piloted webinar series to train PD providers

Related Project(s)

ECEP Leader(s)

  • Mark Newburn, Nevada State Board of Education
  • Cindi Chang, EPP over Computer Science and STEM, Nevada Department of Education

ECEP Statewide Coordinator(s)

  • David Brancamp, Director, Standards and Instructional Support, Nevada Department of Education
  • Melissa Scott, MA, CPM, Office of Career Readiness, Adult Learning & Education Options, Nevada Department of Education

 CS Education Organization(s)

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • Nevada convened a team of diverse stakeholders to write the state’s first computer science standards (ECEP mini-grant, Round 5, 2016)

CSTA Chapter(s)

Related Project(s)

ECEP Leader(s)

  • Mihaela Sabin, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of New Hampshire
  • Rosabel Deloge, Educational Consultant, CS4NH

ECEP Statewide Coordinator(s)

CSTA Chapter(s)

CS Ed Landscape Report(s)

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • Summit in New Hampshire North Country, an area that is often under-resourced and disconnected from educational initiatives in the state (ECEP mini-grant, Round 5, 2016)
  • Creating a New Hampshire Computing Education Landscape Report (ECEP mini-grant, Round 3, 2015)

Related Project(s)

ECEP Leader(s)

ECEP Statewide Coordinator(s)

  • Dave Frye, Associate Director, The Friday Institute
  • Tiffany Barnes, Professor of Computer Science, North Carolina State University
  • Melissa Thibault, Vice Chancellor for Distance Education and Extended Programs, NC School of Science and Mathematics

CS Education Organization(s)

CSTA Chapter(s)

CS Ed Landscape Report(s)

  • Pending development

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • Development of North Carolina Computer Science Education Landscape Report
  • Updating teacher credentialing for computer science (add-on endorsement exists)
  • Planning for first annual North Carolina ECEP State Summit 

Related Project(s)

ECEP Leader(s)

  • Joseph Carroll-Miranda, Faculty, Education, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras
  • Patricia Ordóñez (Bio), Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras
  • Edusmildo Orozco, Associate Professor, Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • ECS Train the Trainer in translated curriculum (ECEP mini-grant, Round 5, 2016)
  • Translating and Implementing culturally relevant Exploring Computer Science curriculum for Puerto Rico (ECS-PR) (ECEP mini-grant, Round 3, 2015)
  • Training the Trainers in Exploring Computer Science (ECEP mini-grant, Round 2, 2015)

Related Project(s)

ECEP Leader(s)

Related Activities

Driven by the support of Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island has implemented Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) – a statewide K-12 computer science education initiative - with the goal of offering computer science classes in every public school in Rhode Island by December 2017.  CS4RI brings together a coalition of research institutions, government, and private/public partners to offer a menu of low or no-cost options for schools to expand CS education in kindergarten through grade 12.  Emphasis on partnerships and outreach allows Rhode Island students to benefit from quick access to 21stcentury CS skills while education policy and procedures are under discussion.   
 
This redesign of traditional education has the potential to serve as a model for innovative change in school systems through statewide engagement and collaboration.

ECEP Leader(s)

ECEP Statewide Coordinator(s)

CS Education Organization(s)

CSEdSC is an organization of South Carolina educators and businesses dedicated to increasing the number and diversity of South Carolina students enrolled in computer science courses in public schools and, as a result of that, the number and diversity of South Carolina students enrolled in computer science majors in college.
 
2017-2018 CSEdSC Officers:
- Chairperson - Madeleine Schep
- Vice Chairperson - Eileen Kraemer
- Treasurer - Michael Eason
- Secretary - Theresa Davis
 

CSTA Chapter(s)

CS Ed Landscape Report(s)

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • Established a South Carolina Computing Education Steering Committee, developing bylaws and goals (Feb. – Sept. 2015, ECEP minigrant)
  • Creating a CS for SC Landscape Report on the current state of computing education (April – Sept. 2015, ECEP minigrant)
  • Organized 2-day Computing Education in South Carolina Summit
  • Collaborated with IT-oLogy, a multi-state initiative to grow the IT talent pipeline
  • Trained teacher-leaders to provide professional development in Exploring Computer Science (ECS)

Related Project(s)

  • CS First (Google-sponsored afterschool effort est. in SC)

 

We Teach CSECEP Leader(s)

  • Carol Fletcher, Deputy Director, UT Austin Center for STEM Education, University of Texas Austin
  • Hal Speed, Chief of Global Engagement, Micro:bit

CS Education Organization(s)

CSTA Chapter(s)

CS Ed Landscape Report(s)

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • CS4TX Statewide Meeting, partially funded through a mini-grant from ECEP, was held on Oct. 19, 2016 (ECEP mini-grant, Round 4, 2016)
  • Organized a statewide meeting of stakeholders and leaders in CS education in Houston in October 2015 (ECEP mini-grant, Round 2, 2015)
  • Professional Development for teachers in rural, high-need districts (ECEP mini-grant, Round 2, 2015)

Related Project(s)

ECEP Leader(s)

  • Helen Hu, Professor, Computer Science, Westminster College
  • Brandon Jacobson, IT Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education

ECEP Statewide Coordinator(s)

CSTA Chapter(s)

Key ECEP-Supported Activities

  • Increasing and supporting AP Computer Science, helping endorsed teachers offer CS-P I in 2016-2017, and running Sisters Rise Up 4 CS program in Utah (ECEP mini-grant, Round 3, 2015)

Related Project(s)

Publications

  • Helen H. Hu, Cecily Heiner, Thomas Gagne, Carl Lyman (2017), Building a Statewide Computer Science Teacher Pipeline, SIGCSE '17 Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, ACM, New York, NY, 291-296 doi: 10.1145/3017680.3017788
 

ECEP Leader(s)

ECEP Statewide Coordinator(s)

CS Education Organization(s)

CSTA Chapters

Evaluators

SageFox Consulting Group, Amherst, Mass.

Alan Peterfreund, Executive Director