CSforALL Summit 2018
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 3.5 million computing-related job openings by 2026, and at the current rate, only 17 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.
2018 CSforALL Summit: NCWIT Commitments
NCWIT is among fellow computing education stakeholders gathered at the 2018 CSforALL Summit to regard progress on the #CSforALL initiative and announce new commitments centered on addressing equity for underrepresented students, computer science accessibility for students with disabilities, cybersecurity education, and evidence-based computer science education pathways:
- NCWIT, in partnership with CSTA, will develop research-backed practices to create more inclusive learning environments, and disseminate these practices to the 20,000 members of the national CSTA network.
- NCWIT and CSforALL will collaborate on new segments for the SCRIPT, the CSforALL framework for school districts, that leverage NCWIT K-12 Alliance members' resources to improve districts' ability to support diverse and inclusive CS education. The new segments will be piloted in Summer 2019 and reach at least 50 districts by December 2019.
- NCWIT will establish at least three strategic partnerships to increase the percentage of NCWIT Aspirations in Computing award applicants from underrepresented communities -- specifically Black, Latino, and Native American young women -- by December 2019.
- NCWIT research and commentary is included in the Microsoft toolkit, "Computer Science Is for Everyone," released the week of the Summit.
Read the full press release from CSforALL online.
- Additionally, catch NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C) Counselor Steve Sharp in this CSforALL partnership video (at minute and 12 seconds): "In the rapidly changing future of work, the tools and resources of NCWIT Counselors for Computing provides guidance for talking about CS education and the diverse careers in computing with students, parents, teachers, and other influencers."
- And, NCWIT AspireIT Partnerships Program Director Jenni Manning takes the stage in support of the NMSI-led coalition commitment to support schools in CS learning across courses and grade levels. Read the press release on this commitment online.
2018 CSforALL Summit: NCWIT Participation
Expo Booth 2 // Monday, October 8, 2018
NCWIT staff will provide resources and opportunities for supporting diversity in computing efforts.
Plenary Session II: Systems for Sustainability // Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Catch NCWIT AspireIT Partnerships Program Director Jenni Manning, representing NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C).
In 2017 C4C staff, counselor consultants, and volunteers produced or presented at 52 events in 18 states, reaching 4,477 counselors and educators for a potential reach to 1,119,250 girls. The increased capacity of C4C to influence counselors in 2017 (and continuing in 2018) is due in part to a shift in direction -- a “train-the-trainer” delivery model in which 20 counselor-consultants became prepared to deliver workshops and conference sessions on our behalf. With our guidance, these leaders provide local, customized programs that reflect conditions in the areas in which they present. Because these trainers span the country and work regionally, NCWIT C4C is able to offer more locally relevant workshops at lower expense.