How we actually get to #CSforAll in the US: Jan Cuny wins SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution Award
The President’s new “CS for All” initiative can only be influenced by the federal government. In the United States, individual states make all school education decisions. We just had a meeting of our ECEP cohort (the day after the announcement), and talked about where we’re at. How close are we to CS for All? What’s involved in getting there? I did a Blog@CACM post summarizing the reports.
I’m mentioning this because tomorrow (Friday March 4), Jan Cuny will be recognized by SIGCSE for her Outstanding Contribution to CS Education (see announcement here). Jan has done more for the CS for All effort than anyone else I know. Her efforts in the NSF Broadening Participation in Computing have made significant, long-term progress in promoting CS for everyone, not just the people in CS today. It’s a well-deserved award.
Coincidentally, the day after the President’s announcement, a group of state and territory leaders who belong to the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance presented their five-year plans at a meeting near Washington D.C. Leaders from Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Utah described how they plan to grow CS, broaden participation in computing, and develop teachers. These plans give us insight into the progress toward and challenges to achieving CSforAll.