CSforALL To Hold First National SCRIPT Symposium
Workshop will guide school system leadership from nine states in creating computer science education plans for more than 400k K-12 students
NEW YORK, NY — January 3, 2019 — More than 100 school system leaders will convene to develop strategies for bringing computer science to more than 400k K-12 students in 577 schools during the first national SCRIPT Symposium January 14–16. The event is being facilitated by CSforALL, a nonprofit organization devoted to computer science education for all K-12 students. It will be held at the Scripps Seaside Forum, UC San Diego.
During the symposium, teams from school systems across the country will work through the SCRIPT planning process to create rigorous, inclusive and sustainable computer science education strategies. CSforALL has already used the SCRIPT — the Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool — to guide school districts across the country that collectively serve more than one million students.
“The symposium is a great opportunity for school systems to roll up their sleeves and decide what computer education should look like for their own students,” says Michael Preston, managing partner CSforALL. “We are excited to offer a national event for the first time to connect the CS education community and share lessons learned across cities, regions, and states.”
Sponsored by Dell, the SCRIPT Symposium includes a one-day facilitator training followed by a two-day SCRIPT workshop.
“Dell Technologies partners with CSforALL on the SCRIPT Symposium because we recognize the need for systems-level change to increase representation in technology,” said Jessica Anderson, North America Strategic Giving Manager at Dell. “We are excited to see the benefits as we focus on the future of CS education by supporting local school teams and facilitators.”
Thirty facilitators will be trained so individual states and regional organizations can offer their own SCRIPT workshops following the symposium. In addition, they will act as a network of resources to support local computer science implementation long-term.
“The success of the Computer Science for All movement depends on local change at the systems level,” adds Preston. “We appreciate the commitment of our partners and sponsors who know this work doesn’t happen without a sustained, collaborative effort.”
If you would like to attend the event on-site, a media day is being planned for Tuesday, January 15. Contact Shantell Ogden (email@example.com or 615–668–4371) for more information and to arrange interviews that are most relevant to your audience.
CSforALL is a bold initiative to empower all K-12 students to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators in the digital economy, not just consumers, and to be active citizens in our technology-driven world. CSforALL is the national hub and central resource for people interested in computer science education to find content providers, school districts, funders, and researchers focused on the goal of providing high-quality CS education to every child in the United States.
Shantell Ogden, media manager
CSforALL SCRIPT Symposium