Adrion to Speak on State Efforts to Reform Computer Science Education

Rick Adrion

Rick Adrion, professor emeritus of computer science, will speak on “Reforming K20 Computer Science Education in Massachusetts: Issues, Options, and Challenges” at a STEM Education Institute seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. in 138 Hasbrouck.

Massachusetts’ economy is largely technology driven, yet the number of computing job openings exceeds the number of available skilled workers—and these jobs are expected to increase by double digits through 2020. How can Massachusetts’ students be prepared for these opportunities when few schools offer standards-based computing curricula? Learn about the status of K20 computing education in Massachusetts and the growing state and national movements to reform it so that all students have the opportunity to learn computer science before college. Adrion, who leads the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, will lay out the issues, challenges and options being considered by these organizations as well as the new Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN).

The talk will be of interest to K20 educators, parents, business and industry, students, and policymakers who’ve been following the buzz around computing education in Massachusetts.

STEM seminars are held at 4 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month during the academic year. Everyone is welcome; no reservations are needed, and there is no charge. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.