Computer Science as the Catalyst for 21st Century Workforce: What We Need to Know and Be Able to Do in Research, Policy, and Practice

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
4:00 pm   -   5:30 pm
Room: 202A

Computer science drives economic innovation, creates opportunity within the workforce, and provides a substantial foundation for 21st Century Skills. Yet, it is not at the forefront of PreK-12 education at scale across the US. While momentum is building to ensure all students have access to computer science education in their PreK-12 classrooms, we also need an even greater focus and emphasis on computer science in research, in policy, and in the practical work of teaching and learning in schools. As workforce skills have evolved, how are education practitioners addressing demands to prepare the next generation of innovators? How are they adapting their instruction to ensure the students of today have the computational thinking skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow? In this interactive workshop, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will use a design thinking lens to facilitate a panel of educators and business leaders and researchers to first articulate the pressing challenges of the current computer science contexts and then with participants develop creative solutions that can be applied in research, in policy, and in practice. We welcome all attendees to this session, as a diverse set of voices is necessary to help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s job market.

– Jordan Budisantoso, AP Computer Science Teacher, Washington Leadership Academy
– Jan Cuny, Program Director for Computing Education, National Science Foundation
– Rebecca Dovi, Director of Education, CodeVA
– Allyson Knox, Senior Director of Education Policy, Microsoft
– Melissa Rasberry, Ed.D., Senior Technical Assistance Consultant for Education
– Juan Vargas, Trustee, Infosys Foundation
– Joseph Wilson, Ph.D., Senior Education Consultant

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