On December 11, two of EDC’s computer science education leaders—Jim Stanton and June Mark (shown at left and below)—were invited to the White House’s K–12 Computer Science Education Workshop to share their individual views and experience with new strategies to expand access to computer science learning. Held during a weeklong celebration of Computer Science Education Week, the all-day White House workshop engaged Stanton, Mark, and a small group of fellow thought leaders in identifying barriers and opportunities to expanding K–12 computer science in the U.S. and improving student outcomes.
Jim Stanton, Executive Director of the MassCAN initiative led by partners including EDC, Google, Microsoft, Mass Business Roundtable, Mass Competitive Partnership, the state’s Computer Science Teachers Association local chapters, universities, and the Mass Technology Leadership Council, said: “We were honored to be asked to take part in this energizing and inspiring event. The Administration is right to identify computer science learning as a ‘new basic’ in the 21st century and to ramp up efforts to ensure all students have a solid computer science education.” June Mark, co-Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Beauty & Joy of Computing in NYC (BJC4NYC) initiative, noted: “EDC is deeply committed to expanding access to computer science education through our curriculum, research, and strategic efforts to support teachers and strengthen systems. It was wonderful to explore challenges and new ideas with dedicated colleagues from across the U.S.”