Computer Science Education Week 2016

December 8, 2016

Dear Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Community,

We want to welcome all those who are new to receiving announcements from NSF/CISE through this listserv!  We’ve recently updated this listserv, and send periodic announcements (6-12 mailings per year; recent previous announcements are posted online) to keep the community updated about NSF/CISE programs and priorities that are likely of interest.  More information about this listserv is at the end of this email.

Today marks the first day of Computer Science Education Week, which runs December 5-11 this year.  CSEdWeek began with a Congressional Resolution in 2009, aiming to raise awareness of the transformative potential of computer science and the need to bolster CS education.  Since then, efforts to increase access to rigorous and engaging CS education have gained tremendous momentum.  What began largely as an effort of the CISE community has garnered national attention over the years, and this past January, Computer Science for All was launched as a nationwide initiative to make CS education available to all students in schools across the U.S.

We in CISE are dedicated to supporting the researchers and educators in our community who are prototyping and piloting new instructional materials and teacher resources to expand access to CS education. A huge amount of gratitude goes to our very own Jan Cuny, who, along with others in CISE and NSF’s Directorate for Education & Human Resources, has provided phenomenal leadership for this effort!

Today, we’re happy to announce a new program solicitation – Computer Science for All: Researcher Practitioner Partnerships (CS for All: RPP) – focused on fostering the research and development needed to bring CS and computational thinking (CT) to all schools across the nation.  Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses; and K-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS/CT into their teaching.

A new White House Fact Sheet issued today further demonstrates the momentum behind CS education, highlighting a number of new public and private commitments.  The Fact Sheet describes how Federal agencies are working together and with private partners to enable access to CS education for all students across the Nation.

But there remains much work to do – and we need the continued involvement of the entire CISE community!  During this year’s CSEdWeek – and throughout the year ahead – we invite you to join us to help bolster CS education efforts.  You can visit a local school; organize others to join in a CS activity, such as an Hour of Code; or engage in the conversation online using the hashtags #CSEdWeek and #CSforAll.

By working together, we can help to empower all of our Nation’s students with the fundamental skills that they learn through computer science – problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, persistence, and collaboration – and ensure that they can excel in today’s increasingly computational and data-intensive world.


Jim and Erwin

Jim Kurose, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation, CISE

Erwin Gianchandani, Deputy Assistant Director, National Science Foundation, CISE


Information about this listserv:

This listserv was recently updated to include recipients of NSF/CISE funding in the last 5 years who were not previously on this list.  Periodically, the Assistant Director of NSF for CISE provides updates about NSF/CISE programs and priorities that are likely of interest to the CISE community through this listserv. 

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