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NJIT Infographic on CS and STEM

This infographic created at the New Jersey Institute of Technology illustrates the importance of computer science education within STEM and the critical link between computer science education, job growth, workplace skills, and the ability of U.S. students to compete in a global economy.

Click here to download NJIT infographic.

Click here to vist the NJIT webpage.

Advocacy PPT to Promote AP CS Principles Course

This powerpoint presentation, created by CSTA with help from many members of the computer science education community, is directed at teachers and administrators. The slides and talking points are intended to help you provide a powerful argument for offering the new AP CS Principles course in schools. Please feel free to download and use this presentation in any venue where educators meet to talk about courses and critical learning issues. If you require more information on the slide deck or wish to tell us how you have used it, please contact Lissa Clayborn at l.clayborn@csta-hq.org.

Click here to download ppt file.

Sourcing the C in STEM

As part of its CSEdWeek activities, CSTA participated in the Sourcing the C in STEM: Making the Critical Connection Between Computer Science Education and Jobs Salon hosted by Change the Equation. With dynamic speakers, the passion for computer science in education was apparent, even while noting some very real challenges. Speakers included:
  • Alison Derbenwick Miller, Vice President, Oracle Academy and Vice Chair of Computer Science Education Week 2012
  • Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, Advanced Placement Program, The College Board
  • Linda Rosen, CEO, Change the Equation
  • Chris Stephenson, Executive Director, Computer Science Teachers Association
Click here to view the entire video. It will be just as though you were there!

Microsoft Calls for More HS CS

On September 27, 2012 Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith spoke at the Brookings Institution at an event on education and immigration reform and the presentation (and the report on which it is based) represents a huge leap forward in the effort to make computer science courses available to all high school students. In a new groundbreaking report called A National Talent Strategy: Ideas for Securing U.S. Competitiveness and Economic Growth, Microsoft argues that it is crucial to the country's future that there be more access to computer science in K-12 education in high schools. This report calls for a new Race to the Future that will help address the critical talent gap in computer science, not just for the high tech industry but for every single industry in the country that depends on computing for automation and innovation.

Click here to watch Smith's presentation.

Click here to download the report.

Reforming K-12 Computer Science Education: What Will Your Story Be?

In this article from ACM Inroads magazine, Stephenson and Wilson look at the key role that individuals can play in reforming computer science education in K-12. Drawing on the experiences of two CS teachers and one college professor, they illustrate the importance of "boots on the ground" advocacy and the powerful impact that individuals can have. This article is an invaluable primer for anyone interested in becoming a true change agent.

Click here to download article.

Computing in the Core (CIC)

Computing in the Core (CinC) is a non-partisan advocacy coalition of associations, corporations, scientific societies, and other non-profits that strive to elevate computer science education to a core academic subject in K-12 education, giving young people the college- and career-readiness knowledge and skills necessary in a technology-focused society. CinC encourages awareness building activities, policy changes and research at national, state, and local levels to build a strong foundation for the future of computer science instruction. It will engage federal and state policy makers, educators, the public, and the media to meet these goals.

Why is K-12 CS Education Fading as Digital Economy Grows?
System Failure: ACM and CSTA release report on CS education standards; Computing in the Core coalition launched

Computer science and the technologies it enables now lie at the heart of our economy, our daily lives, and scientific enterprise. As the digital age has transformed the world and workforce, U.S. K-12 education has fallen woefully behind in preparing students with the fundamental computer science knowledge and skills they need for future success. To be a well-educated citizen as we move toward an ever-more computing-intensive world and to be prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century, students must have a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of computer science. The report by ACM and CSTA examines current learning standards in core subject areas in every state and finds that roughly two-thirds of the country have few computer science education standards for secondary school education, and most states treat high school computer science courses as simply an elective and not part of a student's core education. The report includes state-by-state standards report cards.

Read more about the ACM and CSTA study and download the report.

Policy Makers Brochure

This printable brochure provides important information on the link between high school computer science education and national competitiveness in the global economy. It also provides community leaders, policy-makers, and legislators with practical suggestions for raising awareness about the current computing crisis and promoting policies and programs that will influence change.

Computer Science Education Act

As part of the ongoing advocacy efforts of the Computing in the Core group (of which CSTA is a founding member), Senator Casey (PA) and Representative Polis (CO) introduced the Computer Science Education Act (CSEA). This piece of legislation is one of our most important tools for getting computer science education issues on the table as part of the current debate over the proposed Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly NCLB).

Click here for the complete legislation.

Click here for the CSEA one-pager.

Click here for the CSEA Fact Sheet.

CSTA Advocacy Toolkit

This toolkit was created by CSTA for the CSTA Leadership Cohort. It is a comprehensive guide to advocating on behalf of computer science education. The toolkit provides key information on how to identify and contact the various stakeholders, and how to make an argument for computer science education that is directly relevant and convincing for each stakeholder group. It includes talking points, references, and resources.

Click here to download toolkit.

Computing Education and Future Jobs

On this page you'll find data about IT jobs and computer science education, disaggregated by state and congressional district. We encourage you to use these data to influence educators, legislators, administrators, parents, and other decision-makers where you live or work. Please keep in mind that these are the best available computing education and workforce indicators to date; however, they do have limitations. They should serve as a starting point for advocating for CS education and NOT as a way to rank or evaluate specific states and districts. To get the full picture, we suggest you start with the national graphic and then move to state- and district-level data.

Click here to access jobs data.


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