Knowledge of computer science (CS) is fundamental to students’ future careers. This guide provides educators with context and concrete steps...
I want to:
- Raise Awareness
- Inspire Students
- Engage Students
- Recognize Students & Educators
- Create Systemic Change
Computing and computational thinking are increasingly important 21st-century skills. Adult influencers are the key to letting all students know they can belong in computing.
See and hear from a wide range of technical role models. Foster connections with the local community. Motivate students by relating computing experiences to their current interests.
Putting computing concepts in appealing contexts and building on existing competencies can both reduce entry barriers and level the playing field for those with limited experience.
Encourage and award students’ persistence in computing, and celebrate formal and informal educators who encourage high school women’s participation in technology pursuits.
A systemic approach to change identifies factors that influence girls’ participation in computing and addresses participation barriers for people from groups historically excluded.
Organizations can join the K-12 Alliance to benefit from an exclusive invitation to the annual NCWIT Summit, guidance in applying research-based strategies for creating inclusion, and more. Through the K-12 Alliance, mobilize year round alongside formal and informal educators and other adult influencers nationwide working together to create lasting impact.
Individuals can also volunteer through NCWIT outreach and recognition programs. Recognize students for their computing aspirations, host informative workshops or student meetups, serve as a guest speaker, and more.