March Advisory Committee Meeting

Our second Advisory Committee meeting took place on March 6th, 2019. We covered a LOT in this meeting including: a policy update from Jim Davnie, an equity discussion grounded in the recent 60 Minutes’ episode “Closing the gender gap in the tech industry” and the important responses it provoked as well as an update on our working groups.

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Group photo from our meeting

We greatly appreciate our Advisory Committee members and the time they dedicate contributing to CSforAllMN. Please meet our advisory members who were able to join our March meeting:

  • Dean Breuer, a Business, Marketing & Instructional Technology Specialist at MN Dept of Education
  • Vince Cabansag, the Director of Technology at Clockwork
  • Jim Davnie, the Executive Director of SciMathMN & Rep for District 63A
  • Edyta Dudek, an Engineer, CS teacher, & Girls Who Code leader
  • Russell Fraenkel, the Director of Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence
  • Joan Freese, the Director of Educational & Digital Media at TPT PBS
  • Joanne Goldberg in Medtronic’s IT department
  • Christina Llamas, a Board Member of Technovation MN & regional ambassador for them
  • Paul Llamas, Senior Engineering Manager at UTC Aerospace Systems, a Board Memberof Technovation MN
  • Kaitie O’Bryan, a high school CS teacher and President of the MN CSTA chapter
  • Doug Paulson, the Director of Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness at Minnesota Department of Education
  • Antoinette Smith, the Co-Founder of TECHQUITY & software engineer at Glitch
  • Michelle Vaught, a Specialist at Professional Educator Licensing & Standards Board
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Our advisory committee also shared some of their first experiences with computers including Atari, Oregon Trail (playing and/or writer for), Apple IIes, Road Runner, Polish structural engineering class in college, Geocities, punch cards, first job encounters, parents’ use of computers, and word processors. Do you remember your first experience with computers? This was a fun question, but we also wanted to think about how can we broaden participation in computing so that all students feel that they have opportunities and valuable first  experiences with computers.

As we begin to collect data for our Landscape Report, we’re looking for helpful data sources and input. Do you have any recommendations or ideas? Please share them with us!

  • What are potential data sources for Minnesota?
  • What are key ways for us to look at participation?
  • What other organizations should we reach out to?

We’re already planning and looking forward to our next advisory committee meeting that will take place on May 17th, 2019. Don’t worry – we’ll continue to keep you updated on our efforts and progress in the meantime.

Updates can also be found on our Twitter @CSforAllMN.

Bonus: Looking to spark conversations around gender equity in computer science? Here are some of the great responses to the 60 Minutes episode–and they bring up some valuable questions (listed below):

  1. An Insider’s Look at Why Women End Up on the Cutting Room Floor
  2. You Can’t Solve The Gender Gap In Tech If You Don’t Understand Why It Exists
  3. Girls Who Code Policy Agenda/Recommendations

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February Recap

We celebrated the end of February with our first social event which coincided with SIGCSE 2019!

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There were over 40 people who attended ranging from Minnesota CS educators to other state’s ECEP members. There were also appearances by national ECEP leaders!  As we shared appetizers from Pizza Luce (yum), conversations regarding computer science, equity, and experiences took  place. We left feeling grateful for such a welcoming and supportive community who is just as passionate as we are about expanding computing education pathways!

Many of our steering committee members were able to attend SIGCSE sessions and visit with other states who share similar goals (shout out to our neighbor state, Wisconsin).  We hope to continue networking, collaborating, and growing our state’s support system as we work to broaden CS education access.

Friendly reminder — If you are interested in joining us or know someone that you think would be a great fit for CSforAllMN, whether as part of the Advisory Committee or in a focused working group (we have a state summit to plan and a state landscape report to write), please reach out!  We want to make sure as many voices as possible are included.

PS – don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @CSforAllMN

January Advisory Committee Meeting

Happy New Year from CSforAllMN!

We started out this year with our first virtual Advisory Committee meeting on January 23rd, 2019. During this meeting we discussed the national landscape of computer science for all (CSforAll) and the landscape of CS in Minnesota; we met and learned more about one another; and we shared our plans for the future. While we were focused on brainstorming and collaborating to improve equity for CS education in MN, we also spent some time getting to know the great things many of our committee members are currently working on.

We value our Advisory Committee members and are so excited to be collaborating together. Please meet our advisory members who were able to join our January meeting:

  • Dean Breuer with the Minnesota Department of Education
  • Vince Cabansag with Clockwork
  • Jim Davnie with SciMathMN and the MN State Legislature
  • Joan Freese with Twin Cities Public Television and SciGirls Code
  • Rommel Lee share updates on behalf of Senator Klobuchar
  • Christina Llamas with Technovation MN
  • Chery Lucarelli with College of St. Scholastica
  • Kaitie O’Bryan with Mounds View Public Schools, CSTA-MN, and Code.org

If you are interested in joining us or know someone that you think would be a great fit, whether as part of the Advisory Committee or in a focused working group (we have a state summit to plan and a state landscape report to write), please reach out! Our next Advisory Committee meeting will convene March 6th, so more news is coming soon. We want to make sure as many voices as possible are included.

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Sending you warm wishes from chilly Minnesota!

PS – don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @CSforAllMN.

#CSEdWeek

We have loved participating in #CSEdWeek on social media, and are so excited to see what is currently being done in #csed, as well as all of the exciting things in the works for computer science education!

We wanted to share with you something we have been working on, a 2 page brief trying to capture what CS education currently looks like in Minnesota: CSforAllMN Brief.  After you check it out, let us know what you think.  Plus, keep an eye out for a more in depth landscape report coming May 2019!

Let’s continue this conversation at the TIES2018 Conference (December 8-11, 2018) or at SIGCE (February 27th-March 2nd), and/or we’d love to see you on Twitter @CSforAllMN.



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Hello Minnesota!

We are excited to announce the launch of our state’s new K12 computer science alliance – MN ECEP!

Minnesota has joined 23 other states in seeking to increase the number and diversity of K16 students with access to computer science through the national Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance (ECEP).

MN ECEP is focused on supporting our state’s K12 students and its K12 educators (both preservice and inservice).

More details will be shared soon on our alliance’s goals, ideas, and organization.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter @CSforAllMN.

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Are YOU interested in being part of MN ECEP?

Simply fill out this form and we will be in touch!