ECEP supports state-level systemic change by offering services designed to meet needs identified by the Alliance member states. Driven by our mission to broaden participation in computing and computer science education, ECEP services reflect a multifaceted approach to educational policy reform that involves state leadership, school and district leadership, teacher development, educational research and policy reform. All services support state-level initiatives through coordination of activities, resource sharing, advising, and collaboration between colleagues.
These services are the core of our work and support our theory of change:
- Establishing an alliance of states seeking to broaden participation in computing
- Building state-level leadership teams representing a broad range of educational leaders (teachers, superintendents, guidance counselors), government leaders, education researchers, industry leaders, community leaders, and policymakers.
- Seeding state efforts through mini-grant funding up to $25,000
- Training local educators to lead workshops for K-12 teachers on integrating computer science concepts into their classrooms—using the train the trainers model.
- Creating Artbotics using LEGO robotics and helping educators use creativity to engage students in computing.
- Identifying experts in various areas of computing education, broadening participation, and educational pathways and making their expertise available.
- Consulting and providing best practices on ways to promote computer science education reform in K-12 and higher education, support strengthening and defining computing education pathways, and reach out to and recruit students.
- Sharing methods and tools for measuring change and evaluating impact.
- Building relationships between states in order to create a community of change agents.