NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At today's White House Summit on Computer Science Education, CSNYC announced the launch of the CSforAll Consortium, a national organization formed in response to the growing computer science (CS) education community, the broadly bipartisan support for CS, and the President's call to action to provide every student with access to CS education.
Computer Science for All (#CSforAll) is a bold new initiative to empower all students from kindergarten through high school to learn CS and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators in the digital economy, not just consumers, and to be active citizens in our technology-driven world.
The CSforAll Consortium website, csforall.org, will serve as a hub for families, schools, and districts looking for resources that match their needs, including content by grade level and target audience. The site will help connect members of the national CS education community, provide an avenue for disseminating their work, and track our collective progress toward the goal of providing every student with the opportunity to learn CS.
"We are proud to leverage what we have learned from our efforts to bring computer science to every student in the New York City public schools," notes CSNYC Executive Director Michael Preston. "Launching the CSforAll Consortium enables us to give back to the national community and help build momentum across the country."
With funding from the National Science Foundation, CSNYC will convene the Consortium, which currently comprises more than 180 organizations including nonprofits, government, industry, and education organizations, as well as experts and advocates who contribute to the growth of the CS education movement.
The Consortium steering committee will be chaired by CSNYC and includes the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Code.org, The College Board, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
CSNYC is a nonprofit founded in 2013 to ensure that all of New York City's 1.1 million public school students have access to a high-quality computer science education that puts them on pathway to college and career success. CSNYC is the City of New York's partner in CS4All: a 10-year initiative to train 4,775 teachers and reach all 1,700 public schools.