Making Computer Science Fundamental to K-12
Computer science has become a fundamental skill in the digital era. Yet roughly 90 percent of schools do not teach it. State and local school districts need to adopt a broad vision to support and expand K-12 computer science education. This session will outline a comprehensive policy framework and actionable tools to increase access to computer science for all students in every school. The panel will include a national and multi-state perspective including representatives from Washington, Massachusetts and Texas.
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- Learn how to advocate for clear computer science standards and the necessary leadership in state and local education authorities.
- Learn how to create the capacity to teach computer science through proper funding, professional development and teacher certification.
- Learn how to sustain a program by requiring all secondary schools to offer computer science and allowing it to satisfy graduation requirements.
- Hal Speed, Founder and Chair, Texas Alliance for Computer Science Education (TACSE)
- Amy Hirotaka, Advocacy & Policy Manager, Code.org
- Caroline King, Chief Policy Officer, Washington STEM
- Rick Adrion, Professor Emeritus & PI, NSF BPC ECEP Alliance, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Hal Speed, Founder & Chair, Texas Alliance for Computer Science Education (TACSE)