Microsoft Philanthropies and Inclusive Computer Science Education

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Microsoft Philanthropies has partnered with the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), CSForALL, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA),, the Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program, and others to create a guide that provides educators with context and concrete steps to build and expand inclusivity in computer science (CS) education. By actively engaging with students in CS of all backgrounds and abilities, educators can build an even stronger pipeline of creativity and innovation to help ensure students have the skills needed. This webinar will provide you background on the collaboration, introduce you to the guide and specific takeaways, and allow time and space for questions. 

Microsoft Inclusive Guide Image - four young peopleMicrosoft Philanthropies believes in a future where every person has the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to achieve more. Their goal is to ensure all young people are future-ready and have access to the digital skills that employers seek—from basic digital literacy to computer science education.


Dr. Joanna Goode is an Associate Professor in the College of Education Studies at the University of Oregon. She began her career in education as a high school computer science teacher in a large, diverse urban school, and she builds on this experience to research how educational policies and practices can foster equity, access, and inclusion in K-12 computer science education. Joanna has directed multiple National Science Foundation-sponsored research projects, developed the equity-focused Exploring Computer Science high school course, and is the co-author of the book, Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing (MIT Press, 2008/2017).   

Greg Bianchi is a Senior Program Officer for Microsoft Philanthropies. He works on the Digital Skills team, where the mission is to increase equitable participation in high-quality computer science education so that all youth are future ready.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Greg worked in the K-12 system and with nonprofit organizations on both district and statewide Computer Science and STEM initiatives.

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