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About CSforCA

Computer Science for California (CSforCA) is a coalition of educators, advocates, industry leaders, nonprofit organizations, and higher education institutions who advocate to ensure every California student has access to a high-quality computer science education, regardless of their zip code, race, gender or economic background.

CSforCA aims to increase access and equity in computer science education so every California student is prepared for college, careers, and community engagement.

Our Vision for Computer Science in California

From computational and creative thinking, to problem-solving and innovation, a computer science education builds skills that are critical to students’ success in college, the workforce and community life.

However, large, intersectional inequities exist that keep low-income students, students of color, and girls from learning these foundational skills, putting them at a significant disadvantage now, and for years to come.

We envision a future where all students participate meaningfully in computing, where deep education inequities are challenged and reduced, where high-quality opportunities for teaching computer science exist and where all students have the skills and opportunities to succeed in the technology-driven workforce of the future.

It’s time for us to push for the changes needed to make sure all California students have access to rigorous and inclusive computer science classes at their schools.

Our Leadership

CSforCA contains 5  working groups representing an array of educators, advocates, industry leaders, nonprofit organizations, and higher education institutions.

Our working groups identify opportunities and challenges through which CSforCA can advocate to ensure that all California students have access to rigorous computer science education.

Co-Directors

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Julie Flapan

Co-Director of Computer Science for California
UCLA's Center X

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Allison Scott

Co-Director of Computer Science for California and Research and Communications Working Group Lead
Kapor Center

Policy

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Cameron Demetre

Policy Working Group
Co-Lead
Technet

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Courtney Jensen

Policy Working Group
Co-Lead
Technet

Coalition-Building

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Jessica Howard

Coalition-Building Working Group Co-Lead
CDE Foundation

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Vince Stewart

Coalition-Building Working Group Co-Lead
Children Now/California STEM Network

K-12 Teaching and Learning

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Jared Amalong

K-12 Teaching and Learning Working Group Co-Lead
Sacramento County Office of Education

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Bryan Twarek

K-12 Teaching and Learning Working Group Co-Lead
Computer Science Teachers Association

Higher Education

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Dan Garcia

Higher Education Working Group Co-Lead
UC Berkeley

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Debra Richardson

Higher Education Working Group Co-Lead
UC Irvine

Our Coalition Members

Join the CSforCA

It’s time for us to create the change needed to make sure all California students have access to rigorous and inclusive computer science classes at their schools. By signing up as a CSforCA partner organization, you'll join us in building a better future by creating equal access to computer science education for all California students.

If your organization is interested in joining CSforCA, we'd recommend reading our Statement of Principles, before signing up below.

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