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Computer Science Collaboration Project
July 2012

The vision of the Computer Science Collaboration Project is to efficiently increase participation of underrepresented groups in computer science opportunities and activities by effectively building collaborations between K-12, community-based organizations, higher education and industry. 

 Project Updates 

The Computer Science Collaboration Project uses the most successful elements of the  National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) to connect K-12 outreach programs, professional organizations, and companies as well as alliances that are part of the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) community, specifically focusing on outreach to and collaboration with persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and women. We are working in partnership with the Computer Science Teachers Association, Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and AccessSTEM along with many other partners.


CSCP at Computer Science & Information Technology (CS&IT) Conference
CSCP Collaboration leadership team members attended the 2012 CSTA-hosted CS&IT Conference on July 9-10 in Irvine, California. CSCP partners presented a well-received session about CSCP resources and the progress of the work with mini-grantee projects involving youth with disabilities and Hispanic/Latino(a) youth in computer science opportunities. These mini-grant funded projects encompass over fifty collaborating organizations and include the following states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, and Texas. To learn more about these mini-grant projects, visit:

Engaging Youth with Disabilities Mini-Grantees:


Engaging Hispanic/Latino(a) Youth Mini-Grantees:


CSCP Webinar Universal Design in Education: Philosophy, Research, and Application
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
10:00 - 11:00 AM Pacific
Explore the evolution of approaches to disability that include charity, medical, and social justice models. Learn about how universal design has emerged as an approach to ensuring the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and how it can be applied in educational settings-to instruction, to services, to technology, and to physical spaces. This webinar is presented by Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, Director for the University of Washington's Accessible Technology & DO-IT, UW-IT programs. Dr. Burgstahler's work is supported in part by AccessComputing, a project funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing.
Register: http://www.cscproject.org/index.php?q=node/176


Archived Webinars

CSCP Archived Webinar Is Your Website Accessible? How Do You Find Out?
A fully accessible website is one in which all visitors, with or without disabilities, using a variety of devices, can easily find the information they are looking for and access all the features of the site. This webinar dicusses the basics of web accessibility and steps you can take to assess whether your website might be excluding particular groups of people. Archived Recording: http://www.cscproject.org/index.php?q=node/75

Computer Science Events

White House Discussion: Americans with Disabilities Act
Thursday, July 26, 2012

8:00 - 9:00 AM Eastern 

In observance of the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act the White House will be hosting a discussion on the state of disability policy. Administration officials will discuss several topics including technology, education, and employment. Viewers may tune into the live stream which will have live captioning.
Live stream: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live


Black Girls CODE Summer Events
July 28 - August 17, 2012

Across the country girls (ages 7-17) will have the opportunity to learn to how to build video games, webpages, as well as program robots using tools such as Alice, SCRATCH, and Kodu among other programming languages. Registration deadlines vary by city and financial assistance is available.
Details: http://www.blackgirlscode.com/upcoming-programs.html


Frontiers in Education Conference
Seattle, WA
October 3-6, 2012
The Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference is an international conference about educational innovations and research in engineering and computing. It is an ideal forum for sharing ideas; learning about developments in computer science, engineering, and technology education; and interacting with colleagues in these fields. This year's theme, "Soaring to New Heights in Engineering Education", focuses on expanding the diverse community of international scholars and enriching the foundation of educational research that FIE has built over its history.
Register: http://fie2012.org/registration

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Baltimore, MD
October 3-7, 2012
This year's theme "Are We There Yet?", focuses on making an impact in many domains from technical to social. As a program of the Anita Borg Institute, the Grace Hopper Celebration is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

Register: http://gracehopper.org/2012

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) Full Access Summit
Los Angeles, CA
November 9-10, 2012
The COSD Full Access Summit brings together college students and recent alumni with disabilities with select national and regional employers for a networking and education summit. Participants gain insights into students with disabilities, learn about career recruitment resources, and gain access to quality candidates to meet workforce diversity goals.
Details: http://www.cosdonline.org/los-angeles


Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Corner

New CSTA Cybersecurity Project

In recent months the federal government has expressed increasing concern about our nations cybersecurity and our ability to maintain and safeguard the complex computing and communications systems that protect our citizens and carry out the work of our businesses and industries. In the coming months, CSTA will be working with the National Security Agency on a project to increase awareness of this issue and encourage students to chart a path to computing careers that can make a critical difference.

Each year, CSTA creates a classroom poster focusing on a key aspect of computer science education and student engagement. This year, in conjunction with CSEdWeek (December 9-15, 2012), we will be releasing a poster focusing on cybersecurity. The poster is in the early design stage with the focus of communicating to students that there is a critical need and they really can help "save the world with their brains."

The poster will be available in early November. Any CSTA individual member (membership is FREE) may request a classroom copy. In addition, programs that are CSTA institutional members (membership is FREE for the first year) may order larger numbers of copies to distribute at events. Announcements will be posted on the CSTA website as soon as the poster is available.



CSCP Program Directory - Register Your Program Today!

The CSCP Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating underrepresented youth to pursue careers in computer science. (If your program is in the NGCP Program Directory, it has automatically been included in the CSCP Program Directory.) 


The purpose of the CSCP Program Directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on computer science related projects.  The Directory contains Program descriptions, resources available within each organization, Program and/or organization needs, and contact information.  Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication.  Register your program today: http://www.cscproject.org/index.php?q=pd/newprogram.



CS Bits & Bytes
Published by the National Science Foundation, this newsletter highlights innovative computer science research. Each issue includes profiles of individuals working in the field as well as interactive activities and videos to encourage students to become creators of ground-breaking technologies. 

CSTA Computer Science K-8: Building a Strong Foundation
This publication is a comprehensive look at K-8 computer science (CS) education. It offers formerly published and newly commissioned articles from CS thought leaders and master educators as well as examples of implementation and engagement for younger students.


CSTA K-12 Computer Science Learning Standards
This document delineates a core set of learning standards designed to provide the foundation for a complete computer science curriculum, and its implementation, at the K-12 level. These standards, available via download, have been written to be coherent and comprehensible to teachers, administrators, and policy makers.

CS URGE: A Resource for Undergraduates
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has developed a new website for computing-focused undergraduate students seeking summer research opportunities as well as advice and tips on applying for graduate school.

Computing in the Core: Advocacy 101
This toolkit provides instructions, resources, sample letters, talking points, scripts, and other useful tips for contacting federal legislators, and is designed to be used to discuss issues important to computer science education advocates, including the Computer Science Education Act.

NCWIT Computing Education and Future Jobs: National, State & Congressional District Data
National Center for Women & Information Technology's (NCWIT) interactive webpage includes a map with data about IT jobs and computer science education, disaggregated by state and congressional district.

Senate HELP Committee Releases Report, Recommendations on Disability Employment
This report reiterates the importance of internships, part-time jobs, job shadowing, interviewing, and job skill development in helping students with disabilities transition to the workforce. The report details the current state of employment for adults with disabilities and describes policy recommendations to help increase labor force participation, including improving outcomes in competitive, integrated employment for youth and young adults who are transitioning from school to higher education and the workforce.


Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service (STARS) Alliance
The STARS Alliance aims to increase the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in computing disciplines through multi-faceted interventions. The interventions focus on the influx and progression of students from middle school through graduate school in programs that lead to computing careers. The website offers connections to initiatives and resources for diverse stakeholders as well as high school and undergraduate students.


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