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States All Over the Map On Setting Computer Science Policy

This article spotlights a new report, "State of the States Landscape Report: State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K-12 Computer Science Education," co-authored by EDC and partners. The authors quote EDC Senior Project Director Jim Stanton, who is the lead author of the report: Stanton said that educators basically have to "build the plane while flying it," as computer science has a much shorter history and is less established as a discipline in schools than other subjects. But, he said, "there's been such an extraordinary transformation in our world and economy just over the past 15 years. Tech is ubiquitous. As an education community, we haven't grasped how quickly things are moving and how essential these skills will be." He said students need to understand computer science to engage in civic discourse about issues like data and privacy.

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Education Week

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Thu, 04/13/2017

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Opening Doors to Computer Science

EDC is leading a PreK-16 computer science education initiative to prepare students for life in our wired world and its workplaces. This feature article spotlights two of our projects related to computer science and computational thinking: Beauty & Joy of Computing NYC and Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network. “The real power of computer science is that it gives you a language to help you do stuff you want to do,” says June Mark. “That power to create things can be harnessed to attract more students to computer science. We need to use that to actively recruit kids who might not see themselves as computer scientists or interested in this field...” “Student interest in computer science keeps expanding, but there are not enough teachers to teach the subject,” Jim Stanton says. “We have to help districts scale up their efforts to offer high-quality computer science courses, and to train and retain teachers who are qualified to teach the subject.”

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EDC Newsroom

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Fri, 03/31/2017

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Cracking the Code: Giving More Students Access to Computer Science

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Guest blogger Loretta Goodwin, PhD is senior director of the American Youth Policy Forum. Dr. Goodwin brings extensive experience in middle and high school reform, experiential education, and international education to her work convening policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to frame issues, inform policy, and create conversations about improving education and young people’s lives. In this post, originally published on AYPF’s Forum For Thought Blog, Dr. Goodwin reflects on an Education Commission of the States gathering that focused on computer science education as an economic imperative that is key to building a strong future workforce. She spotlights strategic steps that states need to take to make sure all youth graduate from high school with the computational thinking, employability, and technical skills they need to thrive in the workplace. 

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On the Program for K-12: Computational Thinking

In this special Issues & Insights feature published in honor of Computer Science Education Week, EDC Managing Project Director Joyce Malyn-Smith explains why it is so important for all students to have strong computational thinking skills and discusses what teachers can do to help students develop these skills: "There are certain things that all teachers can do to foster computational thinking skills in the classroom. Helping students learn how to break sophisticated problems into component parts is one thing. Helping them test, evaluate, refine their ideas, and find patterns among data—especially in math and science—are other ways. Even just using the technical language of computational thinking—words such as abstraction, model, and simulate—helps students grasp some fundamentally important ideas."

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EDC Newsroom

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Tue, 12/20/2016

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How to Achieve Computer Science For All

Published in honor of Computer Science Education Week 2016, this EDC Expert Roundtable features four EDC experts--Paul Goldenberg, Leslie Goodyear, Jim Stanton, and Joyce Malyn-Smith--sharing what EDC is learning what it will take for all students who are interested in computer science to have the opportunities they deserve.

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EDC Newsroom

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Fri, 03/31/2017

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A Data Scientist at Sea

This story spotlights EDC's Randy Kochevar, who, alongside a team from EDC's Ocean of Data Institute, created Ocean Tracks, a graphical interface that allow high school and undergraduate students to gather, interpret, and analyze biological data from marine animals. This interface and the student supports that accompany it are designed to bring to life the practices and questions of data-based scientific exploration.“If you only learn something in the abstract, then you can’t really know it,” says Kochevar.

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EDC Newsroom

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Wed, 03/15/2017

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Engineering for Every K–12 Student: A Landscape Analysis of K–12 Engineering Education in the Greater Boston Region

Fri, 04/01/2016

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Daryl Williams (Tufts University), Catherine McCulloch, Tracy McMahon, Leslie Goodyear

This landscape study, funded by the National Science Foundation and developed collaboratively by EDC and Tufts University, takes a look at the state of K–12 engineering education in the Greater Boston region. Through targeted interviews with and a survey of Boston-area stakeholders, the authors aimed to learn where stakeholders’ interests overlap and where needs exist. The analysis was augmented by a review of literature and websites.

Engineering for Every K-12 Student: A Landscape Analysis

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EDC Shares STEM Expertise at New America Forum

Cindy Hoisington

On March 16, EDC Senior Instructional Design Associate Cindy Hoisington (at left) represented EDC as a featured panelist in the livestreamed New America Forum, “What’s Next for STEM Education? Boosting Teachers and Teaching, PreK–12.” A national early STEM education expert, Cindy Hoisington is a contributor to STEM Starts Early, one of several new reports that the panel discussed.

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What It Takes to Thrive: Reflections from a First-Generation College Student

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Guest blogger Jenna Tomasello is a policy associate at the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), where she develops learning events and products—forums, study tours, webinars, discussion groups, and publications—and disseminates policy and practice guidance to multiple audiences. In this post, originally published on AYPF’s Forum For Thought Blog, Jenna explores some potential causes of teacher shortages and poses some thoughtful questions about educator turnover, alternative credentialing programs, and career paths.

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