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More than anything else, the council is a community.

2019 ACM Education Advisory Council meeting: it’s complicated!

Morning updates

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Armando talks about the Learning At Scale conference.
A candid shot of Andrea discussing the ethics and policy perspectives integrated into the Data Science curriculum.
Andrea Danyluk discusses the role oF ethics In data scIence.
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The project has another 1.5 years before launch.
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Brianna Morrison talks about her EngageCSEdu efforts.
An attendee discusses the role of ACM in shaping departmental equity practices.
Fervent debate about the role of ACM in equitable access and disparity.

Reflections on teaching stream faculty roles

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Diane Horton kicks off her talk.
  • (Three) really strong teaching and learning centers at the university, which build community across campus.
  • Baseline funding for all faculty ($3,600/year), plus other funds to support teaching innovation.
  • A wealth of teaching awards for teaching, including a unique teaching fellows program that offers course release, a research assistant, and a role in the teaching center.
  • A culture that offers job security, autonomy, respect.
  • Sabbatical to invest in improving teaching.

The CS curriculum framework

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Mehran Sahami talks about plans for the 2023 curriculum update.
Ming Zhang updates us on ACM China.

Afternoon updates

  • ACM Europe is having a lot of debates about Informatics for All, mirroring the U.S. CS for All efforts, but they’re having a hard time planning around different countries existing efforts. This mirrors the state-level differences in the United States.
  • ACM China, which established SIGCSE China in 2016, is trying to get faculty to attend international conferences on computing education. They’ve been holding the ACM Global Computing Education Conference. An increasing number of faculty fro China are publishing at SIGCSE. They’re also holding a workshop on computer science education every two years.
  • ACM India has taken on three major activities, including a CSPathshala (its CS for All effort), summer schools to generate interest in students, and a new education research conference (COMPUTE) that’s attracting more than 300 attendees. India’s numbers are staggering: they have already reached 300K students with CSPathshala, and two thirds of these are government schools. They’ve created a fully unplugged curriculum that doesn’t require a computer to support this. They’ve also passed policy that includes CS in two state governments.
  • CSTA president Jake Baskin updated us on three priorities: annual conference, local chapters, and revenue stream. The conference is bigger than ever (more than 1,000 attendees now), and offers a lot of exhibits and professional development. There are over 70 chapters now, and they’ve developed a chapter success rubric, and chapters have really picked up the new expectations. The CSTA+ membership program is growing (1,700 plus members of 33,000 overall). They’ve also been working with standards for CS educators in partnership to support the development of pre-service programs.
  • Stu Zweben has continued efforts to annually track enrollment and retention in CS departments, disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and gender, and data continues to show declines amongst women, black, and hispanic identified groups.
  • Cara Tang has been leading a group to formalize guidelines for 2-year colleges and partnering with ABET to accredit them.
  • Bobby Schnabel reported on our task force on education and ethics and computing. Our plan is to develop a curated set of readings for the community to build upon.
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Dinner, lively as always!


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Susan Viegas kicks off her talk.

Toronto’s Digital Literacy Week

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Rodrigo Duran reports on Brazil.

Morning updates

  • Rodrigo Duran reported that the Brazil Computing Society has been growing rapidly. There are huge gender disparities in Brazil across its ~80,000 CS students; it’s developing CS curriculum for public education and working hard to reduce the gender disparity.
  • Paul Leidig gave an update on ABET and CSAB, two accreditation bodies, which have an army of program evaluators that have recently been retrained. They’ve been updating their accreditation criteria and are soliciting feedback.
  • Jodi Tims gave an update on ACM-W. It had a transitional year with a leadership reorganization. But it moved forward with student chapters, scholarships, and celebrations. It’s goals for next year are primarily around deeper integration with activities in each of the SIGs to provide them support.
  • Michelle Craig gave an update on SIGCSE. The SIGCSE technical symposium, ITiCSE, ICER, and CompEd are all growing. There’s a new board and there’s a new technical symposium leadership organization to align leadership with skills and reputation. There’s also a new ITiCSE top 5 most influential papers award.
  • Mihaela Sabin gave an update on SIGITE, the information technology education SIG, and it’s IT education conference has been growing moderately.
  • Susan Reiser gave an update on SIGGRAPH, which continues to be huge (18,000 attendees, 20,000 remote attendees). It’s education committee tries to support educators of graphics and animation, and it also offers an educator award and an educator’s form.
  • Olivier St-Cyr gave an update on SIGCHI, which also continues growing (3,300 people). The HCI education community of practice is growing, there’s an HCI living curriculum, and there’s a new symposium called EduCHI that brings together a few hundred HCI educators.
  • Mikey Goldweber gave an update on SIGCAS, which concerns computing and society, ranging from ethics, policy, and sustainability. It has two education intiatives, including a computing for social good group.
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The breakouts, broken out and working hard.


  • The data group wants to acquire global CS retention data.
  • The curriculum group came up with three projects: 1) a preliminary of CS+X that is currently being taught, 2) CS 2023 interim report, and 3) a special session at SIGCSE on assignments for computing for social good.
  • The K-12 group (which I joined) wants to develop concrete recommendations for how CS departments can (and really must) support pre-service programs by offering courses suitable for meeting CS content knowledge requirements. For example, should CS departments just require CS1 courses, or something different? The group will create a mapping (a crosswalk in education parlance) between the CSTA standards and the CSTA teacher endorsement recommendations.
  • The general education group had some level of interest in computing literacies for students not enrolled in 4-year CS degrees. They proposed to develop a 1-Page “lexicon” for universal CS literacies.

Reflections on the meeting



This is the blog for the Code & Cognition lab, directed by professor Amy J. Ko, Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Here we reflect on our individual and collective struggle to understand computing and harness it for justice. See our work at

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Professor of programming + learning + design + justice at the University of Washington Information School. Trans; she/her. #BlackLivesMatter.