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Computer Science for All ... at the White House

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

CCT director Shelley Pasnik joined two other EDC experts—Pam Buffington and Jim Stanton—as invited presenters at the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Summit in Washington, DC. Representatives from 17 states that are leaders in systematic computer science (CS) education reform came together at the White House on October 28–29 to share their work and meet with researchers whose studies can inform their efforts. 

In the October 28 session “White House Symposium on State Implementation of CS for All,” Buffington and Pasnik presented during the panel, “Finding the Sweet Spot: What Problems of Practice Are Ripe for Knowledge Generation?” Buffington provided insights on researcher-practitioner partnerships drawn from her experience as a co-PI of the Research + Practice (R+P) Collaboratory, while Pasnik shared lessons learned from EDC’s work, including the need to support teachers as CS learners. 

“We were honored to be asked to take part in the summit,” said Buffington. “It was inspiring to see the commitment, energy, and strategic thinking that state teams are bringing to their CS for All efforts, as well as their desire to strengthen their initiatives through research and practice collaborations.”