MEDIA ADVISORY: Bringing Innovative Computing Courses across the Digital Divide
The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession
WASHINGTON, DC - for Release May 12, 2009
Bringing Innovative Computing Courses across the Digital Divide
WHAT: Luncheon and Briefing
- Academic and policy experts present exciting new computing curricula and teacher preparation funded by the National Science Foundation and Microsoft
- Sponsored by ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), CRA (Computing Research Association), Society of Women Engineers, Microsoft, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and IEEE USA
- Held in cooperation with U.S. House of Representatives STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus
WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: B339 Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Avenue between South Capitol Street and First Street
WHO: Representative Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)
Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Representative Danny Davis (D-IL)
Dr. Robert Schnabel, Dean, School of Informatics, Indiana University
Chair, ACM Education Policy Committee
Dr. Chris Stephenson, Executive Director, Computer Science Teachers Association
The State of K-12 Computer Science Education
Dr. Joanna Goode, Assistant Professor, University of Oregon
Exploring Computer Science
WHY: Computing plays a major role in underpinning U.S. innovation, driving economic development, and shaping our culture and workforce. But bringing rigorous computing education to K-12 classrooms that goes beyond basic technology literacy skills like word processing remains a serious challenge.
Exciting new computing curricula and teacher preparation currently in some of Los Angeles, CA’s most diverse schools are busting the myth that only certain populations can learn computer science. This briefing addresses the urgent need for more participation by women and minorities in the computing field.
HOW: RSVP to Vivian Chu by May 18. This is a public event but space is limited.
Tel (202) 659-9711 Fax (202) 667-1066 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery www.acm.org, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.
The Computer Science Teachers Association www.csta.acm.org is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines by providing opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and to learn.
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