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ECEP Delivers a CS Education Week Webinar

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      In celebration of CS Education Week, the ECEP Alliance partnered with the Computer Science Teachers Association to organize a policy-focused webinar. Sarah Dunton, Director of ECEP, facilitated presentations from: 

      • Dr. Joshua Childs, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
      • Nate Myers, Computer Science Teacher at Wakefield Middle School
      • Ryan Torbey, ECEP Project Specialist & CS4TX Leader

      A Data-Driven Call to Action

      Addressing Inequities in Computer Science Education

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          The world has changed drastically since we released the 2019 State of CS Report in collaboration with Code.org and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Our communities have been impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, schools all over the country are moving toward virtual instruction, and racial injustice has become a national focal point. The challenges of 2020 have pushed us to more deeply examine our strategies for addressing the persistent inequities that remain in computer science education.

          Our Message to the ECEP Community

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              The ECEP leadership team sent the following letter on June 4th to our ECEP state leaders and supporters. We are posting our statement here to open dialogue and invite participation in our work to broaden participation in computing, which can only be done if we work collaboratively to dismantle systemic racism.

              Three Models Driving ECEP & ECEP State Efforts

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                  Stepping into year nine of the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, the leadership team developed a new Theory of Change, and recently added a fifth stage to the ECEP How to Change at State model, originally developed by Mark Guzdial, Rick Adrion, Barbara Ericson and Renee Fall. Both of these models reflect past ECEP efforts and position ECEP to adapt to the evolving needs of state teams working to broaden participation in computing (BPC) through advocacy and policy reform efforts.

                  ECEP Shows Up for RESPECT 2020

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                      RESPECT 2020, the 5th international conference on Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology was held virtually on Wednesday, March 11th. Making a quick transition from the planned in-person format to a virtual format, we applaud the leadership taken in these unprecedented times by the organizing committee, and especially the general chairs Christina Gardner-McCune (UF) and Nicki Washington (Winthrop). This year’s theme was “Learning from the past. Building for the future.” In retrospect, it was probably not intended to reference the massive effort that it would take to flip the entire conference in less than …

                      2019 ECEP Convening, CSEdCon, and the State of Computer Science Education Report

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                          This month, ECEP co-hosted CSEdCon, a 500-person event in which participants explored K-12 computer science pathways, developed implementation plans for their district or region, learned about CS curriculum offerings, and worked together towards advancing state-level policies. The event, spearheaded by Code.org and in partnership with ECEP and CSTA, was held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 through Friday, September 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

                          ECEP 2.0 Launches with National Summit

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                              In the fall of 2016 the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance principal investigators and co-principal investigators Rick Adiron, Mark Guzdial, Barbara Ericson, and Renee Fall put out a call to ECEP state teams with the aim of transitioning ECEP leadership. Prior to ECEP first receiving funding from the National Science Foundation, the PIs and Co-PIs worked on various broadening participation in computing efforts in Massachusetts and Georgia. Ready to pursue new research projects, they decided to seek new state leaders to continue and grow the ECEP Alliance. By late summer 2018, a new leadership team for ECEP 2.0 was …