UMASS STEM Ed Seminar: “Reforming K20 Computer Science Education in Massachusetts: Issues, Options, and Challenges”

Rick Adrion,Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Reforming K20 Computer Science Education in Massachusetts: Issues, Options, and Challenges”

Technology pervades all aspects of our lives. Massachusetts’ economy is largely technology driven, yet the number of computing job openings exceeds the number of available skilled workers—and these jobs are expected to increase by double digits through 2020. Yet how can Massachusetts’ students be prepared for these opportunities when few schools offer standards-based computing curricula? Learn about the status of K20 computing education in Massachusetts and the growing Massachusetts and national movements to reform it so that all students have the opportunity to learn computer science before college. Rick Adrion, professor emeritus of the UMass Amherst School of Computer Science and leader of the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, will lay out the issues, challenges, and options being considered by these organizations as well as the new Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN). This talk will be of interest to K20 educators, parents, business and industry, students, and policymakers who’ve been following the buzz around computing education in Massachusetts (e.g. Boston Globe 6/11-12 and 7/3) and beyond.

STEM seminars are held at 4PM on the first and third Tuesdays of each month during the academic year in UMass' Hasbrouck 138. Everyone is welcome; no reservations are needed, and there is no charge. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage. For more information email Marie Silver at


Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm