With the arrival of the 2020-2021 school year, the stark realities of in-person and distance learning in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial tension, and social unrest continue to impact children, youth, and their families in ways that could not have been anticipated just months prior. A question that remains for computer science education advocates is the value and opportunities for learning that CS can potentially offer to even the most marginalized young people during this very difficult time.
As part of a comprehensive multi-year research plan between Google and Gallup examining equity gaps in CS Education, the results of their latest refreshed reports - Current Perspectives and Continuing Challenges in Computer Science Education in U.S. K-12 Schools (2019) - are now available.
Please join the Kapor Center and our colleagues at Google and Gallup as we discuss the results of these efforts. We'll explore access gaps between Black, Latinx, and white students, examine how parents of girls and boys differ in terms of their view on computer science, and explore the differences in the way district administrators perceive computer science compared to CS educators.
This portion of the conversation will be led by Neeka Farhad, a CS Education Marketing Manager at Google and Stephanie Marken, the Executive Director of Education Research at Gallup. Building off their research and this special presentation, Dr. Alexis Martin, Director of Research Partnerships, will weigh in on this issue and highlight the early results of Kapor Center's own landscape research examining similar issues among more than 3,700 CS teachers across the country.
All are welcome.