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10 ECEP states to host CS summits in coming months

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      Ten ECEP states will host summits on computing education this spring and summer, six of which are funded by ECEP mini-grants. Alabama, Connecticut, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, and Utah will all host convenings of diverse stakeholders between March and June. For Connecticut, Nevada, and Utah, this will be their first ECEP-specific gathering focusing the agenda on broadening participation in computing. Maryland and North Carolina plan to reach new audiences with their next summits, as they continue to advance their strategic efforts. Specifically, North Carolina is hosting a summit in a rural part of the state to ensure the entire state …

      Project Rise Up 4 CS: Alumni survey results show students intend to persist in CS

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          ECEP co-principal investigator Barbara Ericson presented her paper, Helping Underrepresented Students Succeed in AP CSA and Beyond, along with Tom McKlin of The Findings Group, at the recent SIGCSE Technical Symposium. The paper showcases the results from an alumni study of Ericson’s Project Rise Up 4 CS program that helps underrepresented students succeed at Advanced Placement (AP) CSA.

          Join ECEP at SIGCSE – CS For All

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              Several ECEP Alliance members will be presenting at the 2018 SIGCSE (Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education) annual global symposium, Feb. 21-24 in Baltimore, Md. The ECEP Alliance, and the work of the alliance states, will be represented through a number of sessions, panels, workshops, papers, posters, and special sessions during the conference, which has a theme of CS For All.

              ECEP alliance convened for annual meeting in Atlanta, GA January 26-27

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                  The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance held its Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. January 26-27. The meeting gathered nearly 90 participants from 16 states and Puerto Rico. Attendees held positions in state departments of education, state boards of education, STEM centers, nonprofits, governor’s offices, universities, and schools. The theme was Measuring What Matters: Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) in the States, and the meeting focused on four strategic areas of BPC work: defining BPC, rethinking measurement systems, setting measurable goals, and building sustainable pathways.

                  Puerto Rico set to teach Exploring Computer Science in Spanish

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                      Puerto Rico held its first teacher professional development (PD) of the Exploring Computer Science curriculum in Spanish using the translated version of Exploring Computer Science, El Mundo de la Computación. Seventeen teachers and five mentors-in-training attended the event July 19-23 at the Engine-4 co-working space in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Computer science professor Dale Reed of the University of Illinois at Chicago led the workshop with teachers from across the island. Everyone was impressed with his ability to teach the course in Spanish.

                      ECEP seed funds support computing camps in three states this summer

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                          The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance is happy to announce they awarded "seed" funding for equipment to three institutions to help them start or expand computing summer camps for the summer of 2017. The funding was provided by a generous grant from Oracle and from the National Science Foundation. Each institution offered at least two sessions of computing summer camps for elementary and/or middle school students this summer.