Posted by Dr. Norman Sondheimer & Christopher Kerr on Dec 17, 2019
What happens when the CT CSTA gets involved with national CSEdWeek?  EVERYTHING!
Hundreds of classrooms all over Connecticut celebrated computer science education doing Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), 9-14 December.    Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org® organizes CSEdWeek as a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide.  CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906) who obtained her Ph.D. here in Connecticut at Yale University in New Haven. She now has a residential college named after her there.
 
(Dr. Norman Sondheimer, CSTA CT Advocacy Chair; Elizabeth Dillard, CSTA CT President; Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz; and Shannon Marimon, Executive Director Ready CT)
 

Governor Ned Lamont proclaimed the week Computer Science Education Week in Connecticut.  Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz added her own statement recognizing that CSEdWeek promotes and inspires young students to take interest in computer science education. Connecticut’s Commissioner of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona kicked off the week at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy and the CREC Montessori Magnet School.   To the students at the Academy, Dr. Cardona expressed, “You’re a step ahead of everyone else. Your knowledge and your skill set is a step ahead of most of the state of Connecticut. Kudos to you. You’re living examples of what we want to create in the state.”  Cardona explained that the State Department of Education, is in the process of creating guidelines for computer science education, which is now required at all grade levels in schools.
 
(Principal Julia Goldstein, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy; Commissioner Cardona; Computer Science Teacher James Veseskis; Students at the Academy)
 
Governor Lamont's Statement
 
Leutenant Governor Bysiewicz's Statement
 
We'll see you next year for another National CS Education Week!
 
~Your faithful CT CSTA Officers
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