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September is California Computer Science Education Month!

Scroll down for more information about the new CS Resolution, CS Standards, CS Strategic Plan, and various events building momentum for CS education equity in California.

Assembly Resolution ACR 265

We are thrilled to announce on August 16th, the Assembly unanimously passed ACR 265, which would designate September 2018 as California Computer Science Education Month.  The resolution will next go to the Senate for a vote. Introduced by Assemblymember Marc Berman, he is joined in this photo by computer science champions, State Board of Education Member Trish Williams, former Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, Microsoft's Jonathan Noble, Sacramento COE Computer Science Coordinator Jared Amalong, and Education Program Consultant Pamela Castleman.  The final resolution is anticipated to be presented at the September SBE meeting.

The measure encourages schools, teachers, researchers, universities, business leaders, and policymakers to support teachers with cutting-edge professional development and to provide sustainable learning experiences in computer science education, encouraging access to opportunities for females and underrepresented minorities in computer science.


California Computer Science Standards

At the next State Board of Education meeting in Sacramento September 6-7, 2018, the SBE is anticipated to take action on the Instructional Quality Commission’s recommendations for new California K12 Computer Science Standards.  Please join us in support if you happen to be in Sacramento!  For more information, please click here

We extend our heartfelt thank you to the Standards Advisory Committee and all those who participated in focus groups, advocated for the standards and provided public comment in this four-year process.  In particular, we thank board member Trish Williams, the computer science liaison to the State Board for her tenacity and leadership in seeing this process through.

California Computer Science
Strategic Plan

Also, at the SBE meeting in September, Superintendent of Public Instruction staff will provide the Board with an update on the California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel meetings and an overview of the CCSSIP recommendations to broaden the pool of teachers to teach computer science and to ensure that all pupils have access to quality computer science courses. Thanks so much to all the Panel members appointed by Governor Brown, SBE president Kirst, Superintendent Torlakson, and the Senate and Assembly, as well as for the leadership provided by CDE staff. 

CDE is in the process of developing a draft Strategic Implementation Plan that will be available for public comment during October-November.  We encourage CS teachers, IHE CS faculty, students and CS ed advocates and stakeholders to give your input.  Submitted comments will be analyzed by the Education Technology Committee of the IQC in January. CDE will next finalize the CS Implementation Plan and bring it to the SBE for consideration of adoption in March. If adopted by the SBE, the SSPI will forward the Plan to the Legislature by July 15, 2019. Please follow this link for more information and specific dates for the public comment period:
The September SBE agenda, including the date and order of the two Computer Science items, will be posted ten days in advance of September 6 at this link:


Closing the Computer Science Gap in K-12 Education
Forum & Reception

Assemblymember Marc Berman invites you to attend an Education Forum and Reception at East Palo Alto City Hall

Monday, September 24, 2018 
11:00 am to 12:30 pm – Forum 
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm – Reception

Making sure ALL students in California are ready for their future 

California School Boards Association Leadership Institute

This past July, CSforCA presented three break-out session at the California School Boards Association Leadership Institute.  Thank you to Jared Amalong of Sacramento County Office of Education, Allison Scott of Kapor Center and Hai Hong of Google for an engaging presentation!


Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Education Summit


CSforCA and ACCESS partners participated in a panel discussion at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Education Summit on Friday, August 18th, 2018 in Sunnyvale. The discussion focused on ways to engage industry in helping to scale up computer science with a priority on ensuring equity and access to this foundational knowledge for all California’s students. Thank you to Paul Escobar for inviting ACCESS and CSforCA to participate!


California STEAM Symposium
October 28 - 29


Please join us at the 2018 California STEAM Symposium October 28 - 29 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA.  ACCESS and our CSforCA  partners will be leading a breakout session, “Teaching for Equity in Computer Science Education: Leveraging Statewide Policies to Support School-Based Instruction.”  For more information about the conference and to register, please visit

CSBA Annual Education Conference November 29 - 30

We will present to the CSBA Annual Education Conference November 29-30, 2018 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  Our session is titled, “Building Capacity for Equitable, Scalable and Sustainable Computer Science Education."


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If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding computer science education equity throughout California, please contact Julie Flapan, Executive Director of ACCESS and Director, Computer Science Project at UCLA Center X.
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