About CECSE

The Center for Excellence in Computer Science Education (CECSE) is an innovation hub for coding and computer science (CS) learning, community-building, and engagement for educators and youth across Chicago Public Schools and the City of Chicago. CECSE is an initiative of Chicago Public Schools’ Computer Science for All (CS4All) program, powered by the Office of Community Education Partnerships in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and numerous partners from across the City. The Center is located at Lane Tech College Prep High School but works across CPS and Chicago to build and strengthen CS and coding education and make it equitable and accessible for all youth.

CECSE is committed to ensuring that every student in Chicago is engaged in using computer science (CS) and coding to create, both in-school and out-of-school. CECSE’s work focuses on Apple’s Everyone Can Code (ECC) and App Development with Swift but is working to develop diverse learning opportunities. We seek to cultivate learning pathways in CS and coding across K-12 and into post-secondary education and training and careers.

Investing in Educators

Through leadership development, curriculum workshops, and implementation trainings, we support our CS instructors and teachers across the city

Ensuring equity and access

We support institutions strategically prepare to implement coding courses and programming to better engage our youth

Cultivating Community

We believe and support learning both in-school and out-of-school, is imperative to a sustained intergenerational CS community for all of our partners


“We hope that this effort will make it easier for youth, caring adults, schools, and communities to see and tap into existing and new computer science and coding learning opportunities.”

-Sybil Madison, Founding Director of CECSE


Coder in the Library

During the 2019 summer season, the Center for Excellence in Computer Science Education expanded Chicago’s annual Summer of Learning Initiative to create ‘learning to code’ hubs in 13 neighborhoods that historically offer the fewest summer learning opportunities in computer science and coding. The initiative offered three functions; Apple Everyone Can Code Camps, Creative Computing Camps, and Mobile Drone program. A collaboration between CECSE, Chicago Public Library, and Computer Science for All (CS4All) at Chicago Public Schools engaged in over 800 youth throughout the city.