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Meeting to introduce NSF's new Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) Program, Jan. 30th - Feb. 1, 2011

Colleagues,

The National Center for Women in Computing (NCWIT) and the National Science Foundation are hosting a meeting to introduce NSF's new Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) Program. CE21 aims to

  • Increase the number and diversity of K-14 students and teachers who develop and practice computational competencies in a variety of contexts; and
  • Increase the number and diversity of early postsecondary students who are engaged and have the background in computing necessary to successfully pursue degrees in computing-related and computationally-intensive fields of study.

The program seeks to increase computational competencies for all students, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, disability status, or socioeconomic status, and regardless, too, of eventual career choices.

CE21 is a cross-directorate program, involving CISE, EHR, and OCI, and our intent is to fund collaborations that include expertise in computer science education, broadening participation in computing, and the types of education research that has more traditionally been funded through the NSF EHR Directorate. Our hope is that this meeting will bring together people from these three communities for productive discussions, the building of new partnerships and collaborations, and the leveraging of ongoing work. We hope to engage CISE BPC and CPATH PIs, EHR PIs, K-12 faculty, and other interested researchers, educators and community partners.

Dates: January 30, 2011 – February 1, 2011
Opening Reception January 30 from 6-7:20pm
Meeting Day 1 January 31, 2011 (8:00am-6:30pm)
Meeting Day 2 February 1, 2011 (8:00am-1:30pm)

Location: Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, New Orleans, LA

While we hope to accommodate all who wish to attend and to provide funding for travel, there are space and financial limitations. We will use an application process to get a good balance of PIs from the targeted communities. We invite you to apply to attend at http://www.ncwit.org/ce21.apply-phase1.php.

Once you are approved, a URL with all logistical and hotel reservation details will be provided for you to register. We will begin notifying applicants with their acceptance status after December 20, 2010. If we are unable to accommodate you, there will be other opportunities to find out about CE21 including, FAQs and webinars.

Sincerely,

Jan Cuny, CISE
Jim Hamos, EHR
Joan Peckham, OCI