Have you seen the exciting roster of Hour of Code ambassadors who will welcome classrooms to their first Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week (Dec 8 – 14)? 96 lucky classrooms across the United States will be selected to participate in 15-minute video Q&As with tech titans like Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates and Tumblr founder David Karp and tech-loving celebrities Usher, Karlie Kloss and Ashton Kutcher. Anybody can participate in the Hour of Code — no experience needed, no computers either. Ages 4 to 104. If you want your classroom to win a chat with one of these Hour of Code ambassadors, sign up to host an Hour of Code. See details for qualifying info.
News & Events
CSLNet is pleased to announce that Gov. Jerry Brown signed computer science bill AB 1764 into law September 30th. This bill will allow school districts to award students high school credit for one math course if they successfully complete one UC/CSU approved computer science course. This will only be offered in districts that require more than two math courses for graduation.
“I applaud the Governor’s decision to sign this important legislation. California is losing ground in producing the next generation of computer scientists needed to meet growing technology workforce demands in the state. This bill help reverse that troubling trend,” said CSLNet CEO and President Christopher Roe.
The Governor also signed AB 1539, which will require the State Board of Education to adopt computer science standards for grades 7-12.
CSLNet’s CEO Christopher Roe was interviewed live 9-22-14 on KCBS 740 AM for the unveiling of a new policy CSLNet policy brief titled: “Computer Science Education in California- From Kindergarten to the Workforce”. Listen to the entire interview via the link below.
Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill to increase the number of year-round expanded learning programs in the state and strengthen the quality of after-school and summer programs. Click here to read more. He also signed SB1200, a bill that asks the governing boards of the public higher education systems to establish academic standards for high school computer science courses that would be accepted at colleges and universities.
With California being home to some of the world’s leading technology companies, one could easily assume that the state also leads the pack in producing the top talent needed to staff them. Unfortunately this is not the case, as outlined in “Computer Science Education in California- From Kindergarten to the Workforce”, the new policy brief released today by the state’s leading Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) organization, the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet). Download the report via the link above. Click here for the full press release.
CSLNet proudly welcomes our 10th Regional Network partner – North State STEM. The new group is a collaborative impact model of the nine county offices of education within the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) region 2 which includes Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity Counties. The North State STEM collaborative represents the Northeastern corner of the State of California – a geographic region of over 30,000 square miles. It also has two hubs: one in Butte County, and one in Shasta County. Their mission is “to be the catalyst for STEM education by coordinating quality experiential programs and fostering private and public partnerships to build college and career readiness in the 21st Century”. Visit their website by clicking here.
CSLNet is proud to partner with the CDE for the 2nd Annual 2014 California STEM Symposium being held Sept. 21-23 in San Diego. This event will bring together 3000 teachers, administrators, students, higher education representatives, program providers, philanthropic representatives and industry representatives to engage them in STEM education by providing strategies and resources for program implementation. Click here to register by the 8/31 deadline.
STEM stakeholders have two important opportunities this week and next to weigh in on how the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be implemented in California. CSLNet needs your voice to tell state policymakers that California must do more to lay out a robust implementation plan and create a comprehensive assessment system that will help to achieve success in strengthening science and STEM education throughout our state. Click here for more info and deadline dates.
NerdWallet, a personal finance website, recently recognized the California STEM Learning Network for its commitment to promoting STEM education in California in a study that found the San Jose and San Francisco metro areas as some of the best places for STEM graduates in the nation. Read the full press release here.
The full study can be accessed online.
At yesterday’s meeting of the State Board of Education (SBE), CSLNet requested a critical revision to the state’s proposed regulations governing the Local Control Accountability Formula LCAP Template. Following the meeting, CDE will open a 15-day public comment period to accept additional feedback on the proposed regulations. CSLNet is concerned with the lack of attention in LCAPs to other academic content areas beyond the Common Core State Standards subjects of English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, particularly the lack of explicit support for science education.
Priority 2 within the LCAP template requires that a plan implement all academic content and performance standards adopted by the state board. But because the language of the LCAP template does not provide a link to state adopted standards or a list of state adopted standards to be covered (for example at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/index.asp), we are seeing some narrowing in the interpretation of the intent of State Priority 2. Many support documents and publications to assist districts in understanding and using the LCAP interchange “Common Core implementation” for the broader reference to the implementation of all standards intended in Priority 2.
We are asking that the SBE change the language used to describe the “Implementation of State Standards (Priority 2)” to reflect the need for all standards to be explicitly addressed in the LCAP. We think it is especially important to highlight the State Board’s most recently adopted standards – including the Next Generation Science Standards alongside the Common Core and the new English Language Development standards – that contain the critical instructional shifts sought by the SBE and the Legislature.
Therefore, we are asking that the Board clarify the language of Priority 2 as shown in italics below:
Implementation of State Standards: implementation of academic content and performance standards adopted by the state board for all subjects, including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), English Language Development (ELD) standards, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), for all pupils, including English learners.
The specificity of this language will reduce the ambiguity of the instructions that school districts are relying on to develop their LCAPs and help encourage districts to include their plans to implement the new science standards when they establish their current and future priorities.
Please join CSLNet in speaking out in favor of this proposed change to the LCAP regulations by submitting your comments to the CDE during the 15-day comment period from July 12th to 28th. Send comments by 5pm on July 28th to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr14/documents/jul14item11a1.doc.
There will also be a special meeting for public comment at 9:00am on July 22, 2014 in Sacramento (details at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/pn/pn/lcappubmeeting22jul2014.asp).
This is the full letter CSLNet submitted to the SBE: CSLNet LCAP Testimony Item 11 July 2014 Meeting
CSLNet is also pleased to announce that we have joined as a partner with The Education Trust-West and 30 other organizations to support LCAP Watch. LCAP Watch is a public repository for LCAPs to create more public transparency around school district plans. While the site already includes hundreds of LCAPs, it’s intended to crowdsource the expansion of the database until all 1,000 districts are represented. Users may view existing plans or add plans, which will then be confirmed and posted by an administrator. The website also features additional resources that offer best practices for addressing a number of the state’s priority areas, including school climate and student engagement.