It is Computer Science Education Week, and there is plenty to celebrate.
Computer science education offers students countless opportunities. Opportunities to create, problem solve and better understand the world. With these skills, students can innovate and make an impact in careers across all sectors, including some of the fastest-growing and highest-paying careers in the world.
Yet not everyone has the chance to access this critical subject. Code.org reports that just 45% of U.S. high schools offer computer science. While states are making progress, schools in rural communities and those serving higher percentages of low-income or underrepresented minority students are still less likely to teach computer science.
Check out the resources below to learn how your state can improve access to high-quality computer science opportunities for all students. And if you want to dip your toes into computer science yourself this week, head over to HourOfCode.org to join a global computer science education movement!
Review the 2019 State of Computer Science Education
Code.org’s recent report 2019 State of Computer Science Education shares computer science education diversity data, policy trends, maps, state summaries and more.
Empower Students to Learn Computer Science Skills
The IT + CS Business Advisory Council’s 2019 report Addressing America’s Growing Demand for IT and CS: The Case for Change in K–12 Education identifies what businesses, education leaders and policymakers can do to improve and expand essential learning opportunities for students.
Discover the Two Codes All Kids Need to Know
Computer science can help students thrive in an increasingly automated world, and the Constitution empowers citizens to understand their government as well as influence it. Watch this discussion between Hadi Partovi, CEO and founder of Code.org, and Stefanie Sanford, Chief of Global Policy at the College Board, for insights and strategies for developing engaged citizens with the skills needed for success in the technology economy.
Explore Free Computing Courses
Khan Academy’s free computing courses emphasize creativity and exploration to make learning approachable for people of all ages, including young kids. Watch this #EIE19 keynote by Khan Academy’s founder Sal Khan to learn how this online learning platform is personalizing and accelerating student learning, empowering teachers and informing practice in classrooms across the country.
About the author
Lowell is the Director of College and Career Pathways for ExcelinEd. He previously served as Staff Director for the Florida Legislature’s Senate Committees on Education Pre-K-12 and Higher Education, where he helped create Florida’s industry certification incentive to create a nexus between education and the workforce. Lowell is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University Law School. He also served in the U.S. Army. He lives in Rochester, MN with his wife and two kids.