Organize: Broadening Participation in Computing State Summit Toolkit

Published on 01/24/2019




Advancing K-16 computing education in a state is a complex and collaborative endeavor. Computing education state summits are an important part of this process and can help to develop and advance a state’s strategy both for expanding computing education access and for broadening participation in computing (BPC). In particular, summits can promote equity and democratize change efforts by giving voice to all stakeholders in a collaborative and action-oriented environment.

This toolkit will help you define the purpose, create structure, and plan the logistics for your own summit, and help engage in follow-up efforts post-summit. It also provides practical resources that communicate the importance of BPC efforts and strategies that change leaders can apply to their efforts.

This toolkit was created through a partnership between the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), with both organizations focused on BPC as NSF-funded organizations.

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About This Toolkit: A brief explanation of the goals and contents of the toolkit and how it’s intended to be used; definitions for common terms used in the toolkit are also included.

Introduction: This section provides data and research-based information on broadening participation in computing and how hosting a state summit can help accomplish this essential goal.

Planning the State Summit: There are key decisions that will shape the summit, including: identifying goals, selecting a theme, identifying the audience, and selecting and preparing speakers.


Additional Articles

  • 2018 State of Computer Science Education: Policy and Implementation (PDF)
  • A Longitudinal Analysis of Community College Pathways to Computer Science Bachelor’s Degrees (PDF)
  • CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards – Revised 2017 (PDF)
  • Example Follow-up Communication (PDF)
  • Example Pre-event Communication (PDF)
  • Formats for Summits and Sessions within Summits (PDF)
  • K12 Computer Science Framework (PDF)
  • K-12 Computer Science Policy And Implementation in States (PDF)
  • State Education Governance Structures: 2017 Update (PDF)
  • State of the States Landscape Report: State-level Policies Supporting Equitable K-12 Computer Science Education (PDF)
  • Student Perspectives of Community College Pathways to Computer Science Bachelor’s Degrees (PDF)
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