The Future of SIGCSE
As SIGCSE members know from the recent ballot email, I’m running for the ACM SIGCSE Board in a member-at-large position. I was asked to submit a <200 word statement, and I decided to write about Computing Education, SIGCSE, and where I’d like to see SIGCSE lead. Not wanting to waste some generated text, I’ll use it as a blog post:
Computing education is entering a golden era. Over the next few years, we will emerge from our image/enrollment crisis into widespread recognition of computing’s importance across the curriculum for all learners. There are signs that teachers and administrators at multiple levels are starting to see Computing as a critical field of study for students on a wide range of career paths. SIGCSE can be the organization that informs and supports educators at all these levels, and in so doing, helps to define computing education for the 21st century. I am in favor of SIGCSE broadening its scope, to welcome and engage more actively high school teachers, teachers of non-Computing majors, graduate school faculty, and teachers of adult learners. I am in favor of SIGCSE engaging more educators from outside the United States. SIGCSE should be the leading international organization for computing education, sponsoring conferences, publications, and other resources that support all kinds of computing teachers all over the world.