ECEP Welcomes Five New States to the Alliance

      In support of the President’s recent Computer Science For All announcement, the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance pledged to grow the alliance by five states. The ECEP Alliance welcomes Arkansas, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Virginia to our third cohort of states working to broaden participation in K-16 computing.

      Puerto Rico Holds First CS for All Symposium

          On September 22, 2016 ECEP Alliance leaders in Puerto Rico, in collaboration with and sponsored by the Puerto Rico Information Technology Cluster, held the first Computer Science (CS) for All Puerto Rico Symposium. Building on the CS for All vision of creating opportunity and access to computing education for all students, the event organizers invited guests from K-12, higher education, government, industry and the community.

          CT, IN, and TX Awarded Mini-Grants

              Three states received funding from the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance (ECEP) to work toward bringing computer science (CS) education to underrepresented students through statewide activities. Mini-grants are a benefit for ECEP member states and provide resources for leaders to work toward systemic reforms in CS education.

              Puerto Rico Leads Efforts to Expand Computer Science Education

                  Since joining ECEP last year, Puerto Rico has made significant progress in expanding access to computer science education. With an ECEP mini-grant, Puerto Rico provided support for a group teachers and faculty to participate in Exploring CS professional development workshops in Chicago and is translating Exploring CS into Spanish; the curriculum is being introduced to high schools in Puerto Rico this year.

                  Maryland Hosts Second Computing Education Summit

                      The 2016 Maryland Computing Education Summit, funded by an ECEP minigrant with additional support from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE),  welcomed over 200 teachers, administrators, legislators, and higher education and industry leaders.  From the welcome address by Dr. Jack Smith, Interim State Superintendent of Schools, to the keynote address by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) President, the summit was clearly focused on the importance of revising P-12 computer science (CS) education, preparing more teachers, and addressing gaps between K-12 and college.

                      Save the Date: Maryland Computing Education Summit on April 12

                          February 16, 2016 - Are you interested in K-12 computing education in Maryland?  Would you like to learn more about what's happening across the state to increase access to computing education for all students?  If so, please consider registering for the 2016 Maryland Computing Education Summit on April 12.  With funding from an ECEP minigrant and additional support from the Maryland State Department of Education, this event will be held at the UMBC campus in Baltimore, Maryland, and is co-hosted and co-organized by the CS Matters in Maryland project team and the Maryland State Department of Education.

                          ECEP Seed Funds Support Computing Camps at 9 Institutions for Summer 2016

                              The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance is happy to announce that they have awarded "seed" funding for equipment to 9 institutions to help them start or expand computing summer camps for the summer of 2016.  The funding was provided by a generous grant from Oracle and from the National Science Foundation.  Each institution will offer at least 2 sessions of computing summer camps for elementary and/or middle school students.

                              25 ECEP State Leaders Gather, Focus on Equity in CS Education

                                  On the heels of President Obama’s announcement of CS For All, an initiative to insure that all students have the opportunity to learn computer science in school,  state leaders convened in Washington DC on January 31st, 2016 for the Expanding Computing Science Education (ECEP) Alliance Annual Meeting.  The meeting brought together 25 state leaders, project evaluators, and principal investigators all dedicated to broadening participation in computing.