At the Core of Our Work...
Chicago's CS and Coding Landscape
Building upon our team's work, led by Dr. Nichole Pinkard and Dr. Sybil Madison, to map Chicago's Informal CS Learnning Landscape, we are driven to further highlight the programatic opportunities, developmental skills, city and community infrastructures to cultivate a sustained and enriched CS pathway for youth and adult learners. What we learn about opportunities and participation will also further efforts to connect learning across school and community spaces.
If we are to engage youth and adults in CS and coding--whether as an interest, hobby, or career--that effort must begin to connect informal and formal learning spaces in ways that enable people to deepen their interests and talents. Chicago has resources to help youth connect their interests and passions to the learning in their classes. As we work together– schools, community organizations, community stakeholders, parents, and youth–we will learn more of how to increase equitable access and engagement in CS and coding throughout the city.
Research by the Progressive Policy Institute estimates the App Store ecosystem now supports more than 2.1 million US jobs across all 50 states — an increase of 15 percent since last year
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $88,240
The Center for Excellence in Computer Science Education (CECSEducation) is powered by the Office of Community Education Partnerships in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. In partnership with the Office of Computer Science at Chicago Public Schools, our team works to eliminate the opportunity gap for youth and educators in CS and coding. Our collaborations and coordination with educators, practicitioners, school administration, and community based organizations are driven to ensure equity and quality in curriculum, resources, and supports to further cultivate Chicago's CS and coding pathway for youth.