ECEP Shares Tips with Teachers about Changing Computing Education in States

      Teachers and others interested in improving computing education in their states heard about efforts in three states and then discussed what they could do at home during the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference in Grapevine Texas on July 14, 2015. ECEP held a session “Changing Computing Education in Your State,” that drew some 30 attendees from 14 states.

      Four More States Join ECEP Alliance

          From its initial four states, the ECEP Alliance grew to include representatives from 11 states and territories by the end of May 2015. Four new states came on board that month (Maryland, New Hampshire, Texas, and Utah) to join the others states (Alabama, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and South Carolina).

          Alameda, CA Summer Computing Camp Benefits from ECEP Support

              The NSF Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) alliance is providing workshop and “seed” funds to expand computing summer camps at colleges, universities, and high schools across the United States. On December 13, 2014  ECEP co-PI Barbara Ericson hosted a workshop in Santa Clara, CA on how to start and run financially self-sustaining computing summer camps. Thirty-eight professionals from 35 different institutions and 9 states attended the workshop, either in-person or remotely.  Participants learned how to start or expand a computing summer camp for 4th-12+ grade students, saw the equipment and tools that can be used in camps, and learned how …

              Mini-Grants Will Support Organizing and Training for Computing Education in Three States and Puerto Rico

                  ECEP has awarded funding to support efforts in South Carolina, Maryland, Texas, and Puerto Rico that will improve educational efforts in computer science in those states. As part of its mission, ECEP Alliance invited members to apply for mini-grants to support statewide and systemic change, expansion of computing education pathways, and broadened participation.

                  New Reports on STEM Diversity Acknowledge ECEP

                      Two new reports on issues of diversity in STEM credit ECEP and co-PI Barbara Ericson with contributions.

                      In February 2015, Advancing Equity through More and Better STEM Learning was released by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. The 32-page report includes chapters on computer science education, women in STEM, and gaps in educational opportunities for students of color. The creators of the report interviewed Barbara Ericson, ECEP co-PI, and quote her in several places. Among its recommendations for national, state, and local policymakers, the report includes “States should also work collaboratively with …

                      ECEP Sponsors Pilot “Train the Trainers” Webinar Series for Professional Development Providers in Massachusetts

                          In April, ECEP and CAITE sponsored a pilot series of free virtual professional development webinars to “train the trainers” for computer science PD providers in Massachusetts.  Webinars were one-hour in length and led by Barbara Ericson, ECEP Co-PI and Director of Computing Outreach and Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing. Twelve educators from 8 districts in Massachusetts (Framingham, Holyoke, Groton, Reading, Waltham, Winchester, Worcester, and Wellesley Hills) participated in the live webinars. Each webinar was recorded and available for viewing later.

                          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.

                              Join ECEP at SIGCSE 2015

                                  ECEP will be represented through a number of panels and workshops during the 2015 SIGCSE conference.  The conference runs March 4-7, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. Please see their website for more details. Below, a preview of ECEP’s contributions to the event.