ECEP State-Change Model Shared at Boston and Kansas City Conferences

      Twenty-eight students and faculty from 12 states braved Boston’s February weather to attend a panel session organized by ECEP at the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing 2015, titled “State-level Computing Education Reform for Diversity.” The panel featured leaders from California (Debra Richardson), Massachusetts (Rick Adrion), and Georgia (Mark Guzdial) sharing what has worked, what has not worked, and how different state systems require different strategies. Moderated by Renee Fall, the session asked participants to gather in regional and state groups to meet others from their own state and share information about reforming computing education at home.
      Attendees at SIGCSE 2015 in Kansas City, MO in March gathered with ECEP leaders in a “Birds of a Feather” session to hear about ECEP’s model for state change. The participants, mostly college computer science faculty from 6 different states, discussed educational policy issues such as making CS count for graduation, teacher professional development, and CS standards and curricula.