The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) provides research-based recommendations and develops programs to help individuals and organizations raise awareness and implement change to increase the meaningful participation of all women in computing.
While formal computing education is important, NCWIT also recognizes CSEdWeek as an opportunity to recommend ways in which change leaders can offer informal experiences outside of school, helping students to relate invaluable, creative problem-solving skills to their interests, and encouraging their future enrollment in CS courses.
2017 CSEdWeek Pledges and Announcements
- NCWIT will share “7 Resources for 7 Days of CSEdWeek” through its social media channels of more than 60,000 followers to highlight a handful of hundreds of NCWIT resources available for reform at every level that are attractive, easy-to-use, free, and available in both electronic and print formats. Additionally, NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C) kicked off its #DeckTheHalls campaign, encouraging educators to share photos of Careers with Code posters hanging up in hallways in classrooms as a way to get students excited about opportunities in computing.
- NCWIT will continue its #CSforALL commitments. NCWIT C4C will partner with Infosys Foundation USA to train school counselors as part of an effort to host free CS training for more than 800 public school teachers in Summer 2018, and NCWIT AspireIT prepares to launch a pilot program with the American Library Association (ALA).
- On Thursday, December 7, @NCWIT will co-host a #CSequity Twitter chat with Expanding Computing Education Pathways (@ECEP_CS) and the National Girls Collaborative Project (@ngcproject) to discuss practices for reaching equity in computing.
- The NCWIT K-12 Alliance will encourage its community of national and local girl-serving organizations, professional educator associations, academic institutions, and businesses to host and share events or activities, such as Family Code Night, a program that brings children and their guardians together for an engaging introduction to computing, or Create Your Own Google Logo, an online activity where students design and code their own Google logo using the programming language Scratch.
- TECHNOLOchicas is teaming up with AT&T and Microsoft to host multiple events in Dallas, Texas and New York, New York for engaging young Latinas and their families in interactive computing activities and Q&As with computing students and professionals.