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June 2018
Volume 8, Issue 5

Welcome to the June 2018 issue of the CMD-IT newsletter. This month we are featuring articles on two high school programs as we recognize the importance of these programs in building capacity in computing:  Exploring Computer Science and the University of Indiana's iDEW program.

CMD-IT is busy getting ready for Tapia 2018.  Be certain to check out the Tapia Due Dates, which includes reminders to complete your registration, book your hotel, and submit your resume.  We also invite industry and academia to sign up to be a sponsor.  We look forward to see you at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, September 19-22.

We want to remind everyone that our CMD-IT University Award nominations due date is July 11th.
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Exploring Computer Science

In 2008, Jane Margolis et. al published the groundbreaking book  Stuck in the Shallow End: Education Race, and Computing (MIT Press, 2008). The book was based on three years of research about the daily experiences of students and teachers in three Los Angeles public high schools. From this early work Exploring Computer Science(ECS) has evolved with a focus on research, development of evidence based programs and making change.  ECS mission is to  democratize computer science knowledge nationally by increasing learning opportunities at the high school level for all students, with a specific focus on access for traditionally underrepresented students.
Today, ECS offers Professional Development programs for computer science teachers through in person and online programs.  These programs are based on the three pillars of CS content, inquiry, and equity and has created a nationwide community of computer science teachers who teach a year long Exploring Computer Science course.  This course is a high school introduction to the world of computer science featuring modules on human computer interaction, problem solving, web design, programming, computing and data analysis, and robotics.

Over 40,000 students participated in ECS courses nationwide in 2016-17 with an additional 10,000 expected in 2017-18. ECS is currently in 25 states and Puerto Rico, including the 7 largest school districts, as well as many rural school districts.  To learn more about Exploring Computer Science go to
Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce
The Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW) is a workforce development initiative with the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI  in collaboration with the Indiana community, businesses, and High Schools. "The iDEW program specifically addresses diversity in computing by implementing innovative curricular and co-curricular activities throughout a four-year high school program. Our early data already shows the huge impact of iDEW, as most of the graduates of the program are pursuing two-year and four-year college degrees in STEM areas," said iDEW Program Director and School of Informatics and Computing Senior Executive Associate Dean Mathew J. Palakal. 

Students participate in a semester long Computing by Design courses that have them collaborating on the creation of a computing solution to a real world challenge. Each project concludes with a public presentation of the solution. In addition, students participate in co-curricular events and opportunities including classroom visitors from tech companies, field trips to colleges and tech companies, summer workshops, IT certification training, internships, and college scholarships.

iDEW launched in 2015 with three classes at three Indianapolis high schools.  Over 400 students have completed iDEW programs to date. In fall 2018, iDEW will offer over 20 classes in 6 high schools with plans for scaling. To learn more about the IDEW program and how you might become involved, go to or contact Vicki Daugherty at .
 CMD-IT University Award Submissions Due July 11th
The CMD-IT University Award recognizes a US institution that has demonstrated a strong commitment to increasing the computer science baccalaureate degree production of minorities and students with disabilities through effective retention programs. The 2018 University Award is sponsored by  Microsoft, Inc. and includes:
Award decisions will be based on quantitative and qualitative reporting of results. 

Award submissions are due: July 11, 2018

The University Award will be given out at the  2018 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, September 19-22, 2018 in Orlando, FL.  
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Tapia 2018 Registration and Hotel Information
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Important Tapia 2018 Due Dates
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