CSTA Receives Grant from Google
Friday, August 12, 2016
Posted by: Chris Crucetti
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has been awarded a grant from Google that will be used to advocate on behalf of K-12 Computer Science teachers and engage its community of members in the advocacy process. The funds will be used to develop a new advocacy toolkit to assist members in their legislative initiatives.
“Google continues to be one of the leading supporters of CSTA and K-12 Computer Science education. We highly value its ongoing contributions to our community, which makes it possible for us to expand professional development, improve communications, and prepare a set of exciting new resources in support of K-12 CS education,” said CSTA Executive Director Mark Nelson.
“This grant enables CSTA to create updated communications our members can use to convey what Computer Science is and why it matters. It also provides us with expanded capability for us to engage our members in the public discourse around Computer Science education.”
With the funds, CSTA will also implement a Grassroots Advocacy System which will quickly inform and engage members in the advocacy process. The system will provide location-based alerts to U.S. members regarding legislative or regulatory updates that affect CS education. Members will become more informed in the CS education platform on a national level.
Implementing these advocacy tools will strengthen CSTA member outcomes, making CSTA a stronger and more effective partner for the collaborative initiatives organizations pursue together.
Mo-Yun Lei Fong, Director of Google K-12 Education, said, “Google believes that all students should have equitable access to computer science learning opportunities so that they can help shape the future of technology. Given the Computer Science Teachers Association's commitment to providing teachers with the resources, professional development, and community to teach CS, our partnership is a natural fit. We're excited to support CSTA's advocacy of computer science and teaching professionals.”
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About The Computer Science Teachers Association
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. The Association of Computing Machinery founded CSTA as part of its commitment to K-12 computer science education. CSTA provides opportunities for K–12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn.
Google’s core mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google creates products to increase access to opportunity, break down barriers and empower people through technology. To help reach these goals, Google works to inspire young people around the world not just to use technology, but to create it. There is a need for more students to pursue an education in computer science, particularly girls and minorities, who have historically been underrepresented in the field. More information on Google’s computer science education efforts is available at g.co/csedu.