As part of the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) alliance the CSforAllPR team was invited to a national summit in Washington, D.C. Oct. 28-29, 2016. Various computer science education-focused leaders from 16 states and Puerto Rico, attended raging from K-16 educators, industry, government, researchers and non-profit organizations.
According to ECEP, ” Summit goals included strengthening community among ECEP state leaders, exploring models of state-level education practice with research collaborations, and using meaningful measures of change to inform strong state CS for All strategies”. Throughout the summit, attendees benefited form a broad range of dialogues, presentations, networking and the thrilling energy of CSE advocacy was hosted on the White House’s Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This summit “was in conjunction with the White House Symposium on State Implementation of Computer Science (CS) for All and was co-sponsored with the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Research + Practice Collaboratory (R+PC). The second day, the 90+ attendees gathered at the George Washington University, Mount Vernon Campus”(ECEP, 2016).
The ECEP Alliance includes 16 states – Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia – and Puerto Rico. More information can be found at www.ecepalliance.org.