Rhode Island

ECEP Leadership

  • Holly Walsh, College & Career Readiness, Rhode Island Department of Education
  • Vic Fay-Wolfe, Professor, Computer Science, University of Rhode Island

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. 
  • 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.

CSTA Chapters in the State: 

ECEP and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) have a long history of collaboration at the state and national level. CSTA Chapter leaders and members are well represented on ECEP state teams, ensuring that teachers' voices are guiding our broadening participation in computing efforts. Find all state CSTA chapters and their websites at this link: https://bit.ly/CSTAFindChapter (tip: use the two-letter state abbreviation to search within a state).

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)