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Computer Science Leaders and Educators Reflect on 2021 Summer of CS

July 12, 2021
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On June 17, educators and administrators throughout California came together virtually for the third annual Summer of CS kick-off event. Leaders in the CS space offer their reflections on why an event like this matters in order to make computer science equitable and inclusive. Read their testimonials below.

How far we've come, and how far we still have to go

“I thought the Summer of CS Kickoff event did a great job of helping us see how far we've come as a state in CS education, as well as how far we still have to go. The talks by Allison Scott, Julie Flapan, and Jackie Smalls encouraged all of us to think about what decision making power we currently have, and to use that power to break down barriers, no matter how big or small, that prevent K-12 students in California from accessing quality computer science education right now.”   

- Roxana Hadad, PhD Associate Director Computer Science Equity Project University of California, Los Angeles

Opportunity to connect with other CS leaders

“I love the Summer of CS because it gives me the opportunity to connect with and learn from leaders in CS Education! Additionally, I was blown away by the student panel and the amazing ways they are using CS to make a difference in their communities!”

- Glennon Stratton, STEAM Program Director , Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation

The urgent need to close the opportunity gap

“I appreciated how the Kick-Off event began with a look at the progress made to offer CS in more K-12 settings, but a closer look at the enrollment trends of Black and Latinx reminded us of the urgent need to close the opportunity gap for underrepresented students. Many thanks to the county offices of education for coming together to share knowledge, resources, tools, and support to expand the K-12 CS landscape. They create trust, community, and a common vision that guides all of us.”

- Richard B. Zapien, California Computer Science Project UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education

In awe of student accomplishments

“For the last three summers, I have been inspired by the Summer of CS. I am lucky to work with the students for the student panel portion of the event and I find myself in awe of their accomplishments. The Summer of CS renews my commitment and enthusiasm to help schools and districts bring computer science opportunities to their students and leaves me fired up for the work that still needs to be done.”

- Heidi Baynes, Coordinator, Educational Technology/ Educational Technology Services, Division of Educational Services, Riverside County Office of Education

A safe and inclusive space to build community

“What I enjoyed most about the Kickoff event was getting to work with CSTA Chapter Leaders, friends, and colleagues to bring together CS educators in a safe and inclusive space in order to build community with one another. I'm always amazed, but never surprised, by the passion clearly evident when speakers share their insights and expertise. It's a distinct honor and an extreme pleasure to work with this group.”

- Jason W. Bohrer, Chapter Relations Manager, Computer Science Teachers Association

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