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Crossroads 2017

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05/24/2017
San Francisco, CA

At the Crossroads 2017 Conference, Jim Stanton, Hal Speed (CS4TX / Micro:bit Education Foundation), and Jennifer Zinth (Education Commission of the States), will take part in a panel moderated by Cameron Wilson (Code.org): "The National Computer Science Education Policy Landscape." During the panel, Jim and his colleagues will discuss findings from the recent report, "

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Next Gen Workforce Now: Toward A Nation of Computer-Fluent Youth

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Joyce Malyn-Smith a nationally-recognized thought leader in the field of workforce development, brings specialization in effective strategies to promote STEM career readiness and success. Currently, she is leading several initiatives that focus on fostering key workforce competencies (e.g., computational thinking, computing skills, data literacy) in K-12 students. Working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, she is leading a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded initiative to expand and strengthen computer science education throughout Massachusetts. With NSF support, Malyn-Smith is leading a national computational thinking forum at EDC and is heading up an initiative to design online learning experiences that will prepare a large, diverse group of high school teachers to implement the Exploring Computer Science curriculum. In her work for the Oceans of Data Institute, she is co-leading work with four community colleges to create a career pathway model for big data careers. In this post, which is also featured on American Youth Policy Forum's blog, she shares her insights on essential steps to take to foster a strong future workforce.

 

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Farzeen Harunani

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Farzeen Harunani

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Farzeen

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Harunani

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Farzeen Harunani brings a fresh outlook on computer science (CS) education to her work at EDC. Harunani is committed to facilitating the expansion of CS education across the country and to seeking solutions to STEM equity issues for traditionally under-represented groups in the field.

As the Coordinator of District & Teacher Engagement the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), Harunani develops and assesses professional development efforts in the state to deliver high-quality computer science education to all teachers.

Previously, Harunani served as a mentor for the Girls Who Code program.  While a student at Marquette University, she proposed and founded a tutoring initiative for Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the computing honor society, to provide additional support to CS students outside of the classroom.

Harunani received a BS in Computer Engineering from Marquette University in 2015, and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 2016.

 

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Project Associate II

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Pathways to College and Careers

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Closing STEM Education Opportunity Gaps for Rural Students

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Pam Buffington provides technical support in evidence-based policy development and decision-making to state and local education agencies. An expert in rural education, STEM education, and technology integration, she leads the design and management of professional learning programs that build educator capacity to improve students’ learning outcomes. She is a co-PI of the National Science Foundation-funded Research and Practice Collaboratory and Visual Access to Mathematics study. Recently, she served as the Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance Facilitator for REL Northeast & Islands. In this post, Pam reflects on EDC’s work to close STEM education opportunity gaps for students in rural areas to ensure they are ready to succeed in a job market that demands a solid foundation of STEM knowledge and skills.

 

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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

Publication Date: 

Thu, 04/13/2017

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Should All Children Learn to Code?

EDC mathematics expert Paul Goldenberg is spotlighted in this feature on the important role that exploring computer science plays in helping children learn math: It was during a 1989 visit to Bulgaria that Paul Goldenberg watched elementary school students use programming as a tool for refining and communicating mathematical ideas. What he observed at that school helped crystallize his thinking that programming belongs in the elementary classroom. "As children’s mathematical ideas matured from one grade to another, they could use computer programming to express, test, and explore those ideas,” he recalls. “It was about having expressive language, not about turning them into future computer scientists at all.”

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EDC Newsroom

Publication Date: 

Mon, 04/10/2017

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Gabriela Garcia

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Gabriela Garcia

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Gabriela

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Garcia

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Gabriela Garcia brings expertise in mixed-methods evaluation design, project management, report writing, and STEM-based higher education programs. As an evaluator and researcher, Garcia strives to provide meaningful and relevant information that fosters evaluative thinking and helps improve initiatives and programs.

Garcia provides technical assistance to grantees under the National Science Foundation’s Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES), a national initiative that is working to identify and scale up proven and innovative approaches to provide access to groups traditionally underrepresented and underserved in STEM fields. She is also assisting with the evaluation of the Illinois 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program, which provides students with academic and youth development services and students’ families with educational and personal development opportunities.

Garcia is an active member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), where she served as the co-chair of the mentorship program for the Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG) from 2011 to 2017. She is also a founding member of AEA’s Latino/a Responsive Evaluation Discourse TIG and contributes to the mentorship and professional development working group.

Prior to joining EDC, Garcia conducted mixed-method evaluations of a variety of foundation- and federally funded K-12 and higher education STEM and health education initiatives, and took part in the Illinois Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (I-STEM) Education Initiative. She led federally funded project evaluations, including an evaluation of a STEM scholarship program for undergraduate students and an evaluation of a validation study of an early childhood teacher evaluation framework.

Garcia received a BA in Psychology from DePaul University and a PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus on program evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

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Research Associate II

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770 North Halsted Street, Suite 205
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New Report Tracks Policy Progress on Expanding K–12 Computer Science Education

CS Ed Policy Report

A new report describing the progress of U.S. states in achieving 10 policy priorities for improving and expanding K–12 computer science (CS) education was released today at a national workshop led by Google, EDC, and the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) on Google’s Cambridge campus. The report highlights key strategies and issues state leaders must address regarding CS education.

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