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CSNYC and the CSforAll Consortium at SIGCSE 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

This week, CSNYC and the CSforAll Consortium will represent our respective work to bring computer science to all kids at SIGCSE 2017 in Seattle. SIGCSE — ACM’s Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education — has offered its annual “technical symposium” in the US since 1970 and draws more than 1,200 representatives from the CS education and research communities around the world.

CSforAll Consortium Networking Reception

The CSforAll Consortium, a national hub for the Computer Science for All movement with 357 member organizations, will offer a pre-symposium Networking Reception on March 8 for members, hosted by AWS Educate, a global initiative from Amazon Web Services to provide students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning endeavors. We’ll present the results of our K-12 CS Education Need Assessment and convene an expert panel to discuss the best practices and challenges faced by various members of the Consortium:

  • Cheri Bortleson - K-5 STEM/CS Curriculum Developer, Bellevue School District
  • Ken Eisner - Sr. Manager Worldwide Education Programs and Global Lead, AWS Educate at Amazon Web Services
  • Colleen Lewis - Assistant Professor, Harvey Mudd College
  • Kevin Wang - Founder & Ringleader, TEALS

Career and Technical Education Working Group

At the reception, the CSforAll Consortium will announce a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Working Group. For many proponents of CS education, a primary indicator of success will be an expanded and more diverse workforce. CTE is a promising home in for workforce development pathways and partnerships, but CS and software engineering face challenges aligning to a relatively new industry with an educational model that relies heavily on certification.

The CTE Working group will undertake to define specific pathways, prepare guidance for schools, districts, and states, and document successful programs and practices. The initial membership will include leaders from industry, government, workforce development organizations, universities and others. Our initial group of partners includes:

  • General Assembly
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Oracle Academy
  • Per Scholas
  • Tata Consultancy Services

CSNYC Research Partnerships

Research is a key strategic priority of CSNYC. This year we are proud to share our work in partnership with other CS education researchers across six paper presentations and panel sessions. Download the papers below:

See you at SIGCSE!