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CSforCA and ACCESS Updates
November 2019

Welcome to November’s update for computer science education equity in California. In addition to lots of newsworthy information about our progress, activities, and resources related to CSforCA, we have also included several funding opportunities for teachers, schools and students pursuing computer science.

Please share this with your friends and colleagues.  Subscribe at www.access-ca.org to get periodic updates delivered directly to your inbox.  For more information about ACCESS, CSforCA, and computer science education equity in California, please contact Dr. Julie Flapan at UCLA Center X at flapan@gseis.ucla.edu.

DOE grant awarded to UCLA to develop STEM+C teacher pipeline

The Department of Education recently awarded more than $123 million to Education Innovation Research and over $20 million to support innovative programs in teacher preparation.  Of those funded projects, more than two-thirds are specifically designed to better prepare teachers for teaching STEM and computer science and the UCLA STEM+C3 teacher residency program is proud to be among them.  

This grant will prepare and sustain the next generation of effective STEM educators for urban schools by working collaboratively between UCLA Center X, Centinela Valley-Union School District, and the Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools (ACCESS) to integrate the following three C’s: Computational Thinking Practices, 2) Computer Science Principles, and 3) Community of Practice.  Through this integrated approach, we plan to prepare pre-service and in-service teachers integrating these practices into STEM curricula, provide an innovative pathway to a teaching credential and/or CS supplemental authorization, and create a robust STEM + CS community of practice to sustain and scale STEM+C pipelines.

CSforCA participates in CSEdCon in Las Vegas

At this year’s CSEdCon, a small group of CSforCA leaders engaged with fellow California stakeholders along with other state governors’ staff, legislators, state education officials, district administrators, higher education representatives, researchers, advocacy groups, industry representatives, and local and national organizations.  We discussed access to data, models, trends, challenges, effective practices, and national exemplars, including the 2019 State of CS report. 

CSforCA shared our new Administrator Equity Implementation Guide in a workshop breakout as well as served on panels and discussions around “Measuring CS Initiatives” and “Unintended Consequences of Policies.”

Our California delegation spent much time networking and discussing challenges specific to California. This meeting helped inform the four policy priorities we are pursuing in the next year.
 
To learn more about our policy priorities for 2019-2020, see this infographic. For more information about Summer of CS that featured professional development for administrators using the Administrator Equity Implementation Guide, see this infographic.

Ed Trust-West’s Education Equity Forum

CSforCA and Kapor Center presented a break-out session at this year’s Ed Trust-West’s Education Equity Forum 2019 held in Long Beach focusing on the movement for educational justice, with a specific focus on amplifying the work being done around the state and beyond to increase racial equity in California schools, on college campuses, and in our education systems as whole.  CSforCA and Kapor were honored to present our work on computer science education equity in a break-out session titled “Linking Research and Policy to Increase Equity in Computer Science Education”

 

SCALE-CA (Supporting Computing Access, Leadership and Equity in California)

Our research-practice partnership grant award titled SCALE-CA (Supporting Computing Access, Leadership and Equity in California) just expanded its Networked Improvement Community to scale and sustain equitable computer science education across California.  We are excited to welcome 5 new LEAs to our existing cohort which now includes both district and county offices of education working collaboratively to make change at the (1) classroom level with teachers and schools counselors, (2) at the LEA level with district and county administrators, and (3) at the legislative level with policymakers in order to make evidence-based decisions using research informed by practice.
 
Our original 5 early adopter LEAs are Sacramento County Office of Education (to be joined by Elk Grove Unified School District), San Francisco Unified School District, Compton Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District (to be joined by Los Angeles County Office of Education) and Riverside Unified School District (to be joined by Riverside County Office of Education). 
 
We welcome the following new partners to our NIC:
Glenn County Office of Education, Kings County Office of Education, Modesto City Schools, Santa Barbara County Office of Education, and San Diego County Office of Education.
 
Please see this infographic and research summary of our work so far.
 

Op-Ed: Diversifying tech starts with ensuring equitable computer science education

In case you missed it, Allison Scott and Julie Flapan co-authored this piece featured in The Hill.

“We see the impact of technology in every aspect of our lives. The tech sector plays a major role in our nation’s economy, producing nearly one-quarter of the nation’s economic output and projects to add over 1 million job openings in the next decade. Tech giants like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook create products which have impacts across the globe, while creating jobs and wealth. And beyond these companies, sectors as diverse as defense, transportation, entertainment and agriculture are increasingly driven by technology and reliant on a tech-savvy workforce.”

Read more

Annual CDE Foundation STEAM Symposium

Please join us during CS Education Week at the Annual CDE Foundation STEAM Symposium December 9th at 11:40 at the Anaheim Convention Center where CSforCA will present with Sophia Mendoza of Los Angeles Unified School District on “Building Capacity for District Administrators for Equitable Implementation.
 

CA Perkins and Special Populations Conference

We will also be presenting at the CA Perkins and Special Populations Conference, December 10th in Sacramento Holiday Inn. Join CSforCA and Jared Amalong of Sacramento County Office of Education at their presentation on “Building Leadership Capacity for Equity-Minded K12 Computer Science Education."

Opportunity: $1000 and More to Teachers for Expanding Computer Science in Your District

Our colleagues at the UTeach Institute at The University of Texas at Austin have received a U.S. Department of Education grant to provide a College Board-endorsed Computer Science Principles curriculum to schools free of charge for a 2-year period. They are looking to partner with a teacher and district for this exciting opportunity and have asked us to spread the word in California.
What is included?

  • UTeach AP CS Principles course curriculum and teacher materials offered free of charge (a $1,800 value) to every participating teacher 
  • Financial stipends (up to $1,000) to thank teachers for participating in study activities

To learn more, please fill out the application. Spaces are limited in this study, so enroll early!

Please contact UTEACH directly with any questions:  
Sarah Jenevein
@uteachcs

 

Applications Open: CSforALL's Equitable CSed District Learning Cohort

Applications Open: CSforALL's Equitable CSed District Learning Cohort
CSforALL is seeking districts who've led in putting equity at the center of their CSed efforts to come together in a research-based professional learning community (PLC), the Equitable CS District Learning Cohort. With support from Google's CS-Education Research program, the cohort will go from January to September 2020, and will support leading districts to surface and share best practices around scaling equitable Computer Science education. Part learning network, part research study, eight participating districts will have an opportunity to gather, learn, and build knowledge for the broader field.

Why Apply? 
  • Connect with a group of districts leading similar efforts to promote equitable
  • computer science at scale
  • Amplify existing work happening in your district within a national dialogue on CSed
  • Contribute to field-building research on K12 CSed
  • Generate lessons learned and promising practices to inform the national conversation on CSforALL in K12

Key details: Here is a program overview here, with more details on what's involved, what district participation looks like, and, importantly, what we mean when we talk about equity in CSed.

 

Cohort-Based BS in Computer Science Program

Do you know anyone interested earning a BS in Computer Science?  Please share this information with high school students or others to learn more about how to earn a bachelor's degree in Computer Science through a unique, cohort-based program that ensures community college transfer to CSU graduation in 4 years!

This program is offered in both Northern and Southern California:

Monterey Region:  Hartnell College (CSin3) to California State Monterey Bay's CS++ program includes a defined course pathway, priority registration, enrichment opportunities, tutoring support and professional development workshops. Scholarship support is also available for students with financial need. Learn more and apply at: https://csumb.edu/scd/cs-learning-community
 
Los Angeles Region: 
El Camino College to Cal State Dominguez Hills (Warrior-Toro CSP) includes graduation on time in 3 or 4 years, belong to a learning community, automatically registered for classes, access enrichment and internship preparation activities, be eligible for need based scholarships and participate in pre-college preparation.
 
For the CS++ program and the Toro CSP at CSUDH, students will have to apply to CSUMB and/or CSUDH before Nov 30, 2019 to be eligible for the program.
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