Rhode Island

ECEP Leadership

  • Vic Fay-Wolfe, Professor, Computer Science, University of Rhode Island
  • Carol M. Giuriceo, Director, Rhode Island STEAM Center, Rhode Island College (ECEP state rep)
  • Holly Walsh, College & Career Readiness, Rhode Island Department of Education

ECEP State Members

  • Jessica Barrett, Computer Science, University of Rhode Island
  • Karen Bryer, VISTA Volunteer, Retired K-12 educator
  • Desiree Forsythe, Computer Science Education & Outreach Coordinator, University of Rhode Island
  • John Mowry, Associate Professor, Community College of Rhode Island
  • Andrea Russo, Microsoft Philanthropies

Other CS Education Resources 

CS Education Organizations

  • CS4RI - A state initiative launched in 2016 by the Office of Governor Gina Raimondo which serves as the backbone of a coalition of partners including state agencies, Department of Education, K-12 schools, higher education, private industry and non-profits. 
  • Computer Science Teachers Association – Rhode Island (CSTA-RI)
  • PrepareRI - A state initiative that provides Rhode Island students with the advanced skills they need for today’s in-demand jobs.
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) - A Code.org Regional Partner and the designated provider of Code.org Professional Learning Programs in Rhode Island. Member of CS4RI Coalition.
  • Rhode Island STEAM Center - Rhode Island’s primary educational hub and resource, established to increase interest in and advancement of STEAM. Member of CS4RI Coalition.

ECEP-Supported Activities

  • New England Broadening Participation Computing Metrics Project, 2020 (Participating state)
  • CSTA New England Regional Conference, October 2018 (Hosted by CS4RI and CSTA-RI)

ECEP-Related Activities 

  • Awarded Annual CS Educator Award, 2019,2020
  • Designed pre-service CS teacher program (implementation delayed due to Covid-19)
  • Created computer science Department of Education endorsement for in-service teachers, 2020
  • Implemented of $3.5M Department of Education, multi-year EIR grant to establish CS pathways in RI high schools and study the effect of work-based learning on students’ CS learning and attitudes, 2019-present 
  • Developed workshops for K-12 school districts to create CS Implementation Plans, 2019-present
  • Implemented SCRIPT (School CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool) Workshops, 2018
  • Organized statewide experts to develop the Rhode Island K-12 Computer Science Education Standards with companion toolkit, 2018
  • Convened annual student-focused CS Summits (2016, 2017, 2018,2019)