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MSPnet Academy: The Current State of K-12 Computer Science Education in the US


Momentum is growing around expanding computing opportunities for students. Organizations like the National Science Foundation and the non-profit are working to improve computer science educational opportunities for all students, but especially females and underrepresented minorities in the discipline. Still, despite that work and the work of many others, opportunities for students to learn computer science and what it is are relatively scarce.

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of what is currently happening in K-12 computer science education now and areas for future educational research and development. Researchers from Outlier Research & Evaluation at CEMSE at the University of Chicago will provide examples from their research and evaluation work including a current NSF-funded research project (the BASICS Study) that focuses on identifying key supports for and barriers to implementing introductory computer science in large school districts.