ACM Co-Sponsors Hill Briefing on Education

By David Bruggeman
May 12, 2009

On May 20th, ACM will co-sponsor a briefing on Capitol Hill with the House STEM Education Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus. The event, “Bringing Innovative Computing Curriculum Across the Digital Divide,” will be held from 12-1:30 p.m. at B339 Rayburn House Office Building. The event is open to the public, but space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please send your R.S.V.P. to Vivian Chu (

The briefing will cover the state of computer science education at the K-12 level and an exciting new computing curriculum and teacher preparation course funded by the National Science Foundation and Microsoft. These materials are focused on encouraging more participation by women and other underrepresented groups in computing, as well as brining high-quality computer science education to the K-12 level.

The speakers at the briefing are three members of ACM’s Education Policy Committee, which has focused on computing education at the K-12 level.

Dr. Robert Schnabel is the Dean of the School of Informatics at Indiana University
Dr. Chris Stephenson is the Executive Director of the Computer Science Teachers Association
Dr. Joanna Goode is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon, and one of the co-authors of the “Exploring Computer Science” course that is the focus of the briefing.

In addition, three members of Congress are expected to participate:

Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Michigan)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)
Rep. Danny Davis (D-Illinois)

Again, the event is open to the public. Please R.S.V.P. to Vivian Chu at