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MEDIA ADVISORY: Bringing Innovative Computing Courses across the Digital Divide

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

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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


About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, 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.  


About CSTA

The Computer Science Teachers Association 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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