We recently began gathering your ideas for words that describe Equity in CS via this Menti. As the word cloud continues to grow, we will use the ideas you submit to help guide our community discussions.

This week, we see that the word AWARENESS stands out in the word cloud, so we'd like to start a discussion about building awareness about the importance of CS ed.

Here are a few ways to engage in this week's discussion:

  1. What is one way that you bring awareness about CS ed to students?

  2. What is one way that you bring awareness about CS ed to families and community?

  3. What is one way that you bring awareness about CS ed to school and district admin and other educators?

  4. What is one success you have experienced with building awareness about the importance of CS ed?

  5. What is one strategy you have tried or would like to try to to build awareness around CS ed?

  6. What is one resource you'd like to share related to building awareness about the importance of CS ed?

Also, click here to share your ideas about 3 words that come to mind when you think of equity in CS We look forward to the discussion -- please feel free to share on Twitter as well using #EquityinCS!



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Submitted by Andrea Wilson Vazquez on Mon, 11/02/2020 - 13:03

An awesome new resources that I came across this fall is the Virtual Family Creative Coding Night Facilitation Guide from Scratch and Chicago Public School's Office of Computer Science.

This guide walks facilitators through ideas about the creative learning mindset, as well as providing guidance related to starter projects, flow of a virtual family coding event, roles and responsibilities of those involved, and ways to create smaller group work sessions and methods for sharing.  

From the Scratch website:

Virtual Family Creative Coding Nights bring young people, families, educators, and administrators together online to create and explore using Scratch. The Scratch team collaborated with the Office of Computer Science at Chicago Public Schools to develop and share this guide as a remixable resource for running your own version of the event.

Click here to check out the guide!


Also, I'm curious to know what kinds of virtual family coding events others are hosting, as well as how they're going! Reply below to share!


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Submitted by Vanessa Jones on Mon, 11/02/2020 - 15:17

Does your state have a computer science state plan? Is your state tracking the 9 policies? 

Check out this document to see the status of your state!  Also check out this rubric for evaluation on the nine policy ideas.