2015 Spring Update Newsletter

ACCESS Spring Update 2015

Welcome to the Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools spring update about computer science education equity in California.  Please spread the word and invite your friends and colleagues to subscribe to our list by visiting access-ca.org to stay informed.

Legislative Update

ACCESS provides research and information to policymakers and their staff so they can craft legislation to help broaden participation in computing.  These are the computer science-related bills we’ve been tracking in addition to a related resolution:

  1. AB 1258, (Chau). Elementary and secondary education: Computer Science Education Grant Program.
    This bill would establish the Computer Science Education Grant Program under the administration of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Under the program, eligible school districts would apply to receive funding under either or both of the 2 grant programs. One grant program, the Computer Science Start-Up Courses Grant program, would provide grants to establish and maintain computer science courses, and the other grant program, the Computer Science Educator Training Grant program, would provide professional development for educators to teach computer science, either as a stand-alone course or integrated into other courses.
  2. AB 252, (Holden). Advanced placement program: grant program: STEM curriculum.
    This bill would establish a grant program overseen by the department for purposes of awarding grants to cover the costs associated with a high school establishing or expanding its advanced placement STEM curriculum.
  3. AB 482 (Harper). Concurrent enrollment in secondary school and community college.
    This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation later in the 2015–16 Regular Session regarding concurrent enrollment in secondary school and community college for pupils pursuing studies related to computer science.
  4. ACR 17 (Chang). Women and Girls in STEM Week.
    This measure designates April 5 to April 11, 2015 as Women and Girls in STEM Week, encourages all citizens and community organizations to support the observance of California Women and Girls in STEM Week by encouraging and celebrating women in the STEM fields.

CS Teacher Authorization

ACCESS submitted a proposal to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to update the Computer Concepts and Applications Supplementary Authorization. The modifications were unanimously approved in concept by the CTC. The new regulations will likely be written this fall for further approval.

Deep Dives and Collaborations

Thanks to a generous grant from Google, ACCESS will continue its statewide work focusing on “deep dives” in three key areas: 1) Teacher Credentialing, 2) CS Standards and 3) Making CS Count. Additionally, ACCESS is participating in a statewide collaborative effort led by CSLNet.

Conference Presentations

California STEM Summit 2015

ACCESS and Code.org co-presented two conference presentations titled, “The X Factor: STEM + Computer Science = An Equity-Based District Partnership” at the CSLNet STEM summit in March.  Jane Margolis of Exploring Computer Science also delivered a keynote. Please visit the conference website for more information.

CCSC Southwest Region Conference
ACCESS presented a keynote address, “Democratizing Computer Science K12 Education in California: Ensuring equitable ACCESS to ALL students” at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges South Western Region Conference at Harvey Mudd College in March, 2015.

NSFACCESS participated in the CE21 Conference of the National Science Foundation in Baltimore in January 2015 and hosted a dynamically scheduled break-out session to discuss statewide policy change for CS education expansion.

Newsletter Highlights

Legislative Update

CS Teacher Authorization


Conference Presentations

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding computer science education equity throughout California, please contact Julie Flapan, Executive Director of ACCESS and Director, Computer Science Project at UCLA Center X.  She can be reached her at her new email address:  flapan@gseis.ucla.edu.

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