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Conversations on Education: Preparing the Next Generation for 21st Century Jobs
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10/29/2013
When: October 29, 2013
8:30 - 10:00AM

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Conversations on Education
Preparing the Next Generation for 21st Century Jobs:
Why Teaching Computer Science in Our High School Matters

Computer science is an essential part of the global economy, and training in this critical field prepares students for careers in a variety of sectors. Despite its growing importance, computer science is only taught in a minority of American schools. Of the 42,000 high schools in the United States, only 2,100 of them were certified to teach AP computer science in 2011. There will be 120,000 additional computing jobs to be filled annually, yet only 40,000 students graduated with the necessary degrees from U.S. universities last year. Even in Massachusetts, which leads the nation in education achievement, only 2% of all AP tests taken in 2012 were in computer science despite the fact that more than half of all STEM jobs in Massachusetts are projected to be in computing occupations.

Join us for a breakfast discussion with leading experts to ensure that all our students and schools have what they need to attain computer science knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to succeed in the global economy.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Continental breakfast will be provided

A PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING:

Panelists:

  • Linda Noonan, Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
  • Jim Stanton, Executive Director, MassCAN and Senior Project Manager at Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Steve Vinter, Engineering Director, Google and Co-Founder of MassCAN
  • Pat Yongpradit, Director of Education, Code.org

Moderator:

  • Allyson Knox, Director of Education Policy and Programs, Microsoft

Event Location: Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive #1, Cambridge, MA 02142

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