Siegel Family Endowment and CSforALL Announce New Partnership for K-12 Computer Science Education

Ongoing collaboration will enable high-quality computer science education for students nationwide

CSforALL and Siegel Family Endowment (SFE) announced a partnership today that will increase access to high-quality computational thinking and computer science education for all students in the US.

SFE will provide ongoing support to enable CSforALL to broaden their focus to cover national systems change, and act as a central organizer for the growing community of CS education leaders. This groundbreaking funding and partnership model between SFE and CSforALL affords both organizations the opportunity to pursue their independent missions, while creating space for close collaboration in the areas where their visions overlap.

SFE’s organizational reach, network, and goal of providing computational thinking education for all students complement CSforALL’s mission to expand and strengthen computer science education programs and infrastructure nationwide. Since the organization’s founding, SFE has been committed to equipping students with computational thinking tools to help them learn, express themselves, and solve problems creatively and systematically. SFE has also been aware of the barriers that exist to providing CS and computational thinking education to students everywhere, and is committed to helping CSforALL leverage their deep expertise in order to make these tools accessible to students everywhere.

“We’re excited to work so closely with CSforALL as they take the lead on scaling this work across the country,” said David Siegel, Chairman and Founder of SFE. “Incorporating computational thinking education into formal education is critical to the success of all students, and together, we can be thought leaders and supporters of computer science education on a national scale.”

“This is a unique opportunity to combine the strengths of our organizations, and focus those strengths on achieving aligned goals” said Jessica Traynor, President and Executive Director of Siegel Family Endowment. “We’re encouraged by what we’ve already achieved together, and are excited about everything that comes next.”

The partnership was announced as a #CSforALL Commitment during the 2nd annual CSforALL Summit at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. #CSforALL Commitments provide computer science education stakeholders an opportunity to announce and celebrate initiatives to advance the collective goal of providing computer science for all US students, both in and out of school.

CSforALL Board Chairman Pedro Torres-Mackie said, “This is an opportunity to bring the local expertise we developed in New York City to a nationwide audience. Our collaboration with SFE will help us build the national Computer Science for All movement by serving as a central resource for more than 500 organizations committed to our shared goal of CS for all students.”

“We are thrilled to partner with SFE to bring CS to every community across the country, to serve our students both in and out of school, and to increase the quality of computer science content and pathways,” said CSforALL Co-Founder and Managing Partner Leigh Ann DeLyser.

Members of the SFE and CSforALL teams in New York City
Thea Charles, Head of SFE’sComputational Thinking Portfolio, and Michael Preston, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CSforALL, at the 2018 CSforALL Summit in Detroit, MI

About Siegel Family Endowment
Siegel Family Endowment (SFE) is a private foundation based in New York City with a mission to understand and shape the impact of technology on society. Founded by David Siegel, co-founder of technology-driven investment firm Two Sigma, SFE makes grants to organizations that work at the intersections of learning, workforce, and technology in order to achieve a world in which all people have the tools, skills, and context necessary to engage meaningfully in a rapidly changing society.

About CSforALL
CSforALL is a bold new initiative to empower all US students from kindergarten through high school 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 a hub and central resource for people interested in computer science education to find providers, schools, funders, and researchers focused on the goal of providing quality CS education to every child in the U.S.