CSforALL Summit 2017
Inadequate computing education shortchanges all kids, but especially girls and youth of color. Right now, just 34 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science to count as a math or science graduation requirement (“Girls in IT: The Facts” report). Yet, the U.S. Department of Labor expects 1.1 million computing-related job openings by 2024, and at the current rate, only 45 percent of these jobs could be filled by U.S. computing bachelor’s degree recipients (“Women and IT: By the Numbers”). In order to meet the industry’s demands for technical talent, #CSforALL is necessary.
2017 CSforALL Commitments
NCWIT is among fellow computing education stakeholders gathered at the 2017 CSforALL Summit to regard progress on the #CSforALL initiative and announce new commitments:
- NCWIT Counselors for Computing will develop a Counselor Leadership Network to provide peer-to-peer professional learning for 1,500 school counselors, equipping them with information, resources, and motivation to increase access to computing education and career exploration to more than 700,000 students.
- NCWIT will pilot an e-textiles, train-the-trainer workshop for 25 educators who serve Native American students.
- NCWIT AspireIT will launch a pilot program with the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy Ready to Code initiative to design and implement three to five peer-led computing programs for K-12 girls at public libraries during 2018 Spring vacation.
2017 CSforALL Summit Participation
Engaging Families as CSforALL Champions // Tuesday, October 17, 2017 // 4:20 p.m. - 4:48 p.m. CT
NCWIT K-12 Alliance Strategic Director Leslie Aaronson moderates a panel alongside Aaron Morris of PBS KIDS, John Pearce of Family Code Night, and Oliver Beach of Kano on the important role families play in achieving CSforALL.
TECHNOLOchicas – Inspiring Latinas in Tech // Tuesday, October 17, 2017 // 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. CT
Mariana Ríos, Program Officer, Televisa Foundation; and Gemma Busoni, TECHNOLOchica