Maryland school district showcases computer science education at all levels: ECEP’s role in Infrastructure
The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, funded by NSF to support broadening participation in computing through state-level efforts, is one of the more odd projects I’ve been part of. I don’t know how to frame the research aspect of what we’re doing. We’re not learning about learning or teaching, nor about computer science. We’re learning a lot about how policy makers think about CS, how education is structured in different states (and how CS is placed within that structure), and how decision-making happens around STEM education.
It’s not the kind of story that the press loves. We’re not building curriculum. We don’t work directly with students or teachers. We fund others to do summer camps and provide professional development. We help states figure out how to measure what’s going on in their state with computing education. We help organize (and sometimes fund) meetings, and we get states sharing with each other how to talk to policy makers and industry leaders.
So it’s nice when we get a blurb like the below, in a story about the terrific efforts to grow CS for All in Charles County, MD. It’s amazing how much Charles County has accomplished in providing computing education in every school. I’m pleased that ECEP’s role got recognized in what’s going on there.
Expanding Computer Education Pathways (ECEP) provided grant funding for summer camp computer programs. CCPS’s facilitators participate in their Train-the-Trainer webinars to design and plan an effective workshop, build an educator community, increase diversity in Computer Science and teach Computer Science content knowledge. ECEP also funded the Maryland Computer Science Summit in a joint effort with Maryland State Department of Education to bring over 200 attendees from every county in Maryland to share and set priorities for Computer Science education.