System Building: Computer Science Community of Practice
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and its partners are offering the Networks support through a Community of Practice series taking a deep dive into the Capacity Building Roadmap and equipping participants with the tools they need to advocate for the importance of computing education in their communities.
Participating Networks receive:
Community of Practice Sessions – Over the course of seven, 60-minute sessions, participants will walk through various sections of the roadmap and hear from various organizations that can aid them in their capacity building efforts. Presenters will share pertinent information related to that session’s topic and then participants will have the opportunity to ask questions on the content and receive recommendations for implementing what they learned within their communities. NOTE: A tentative schedule is presented below but the dates and times are subject to change based on presenters’ schedules. The individual presenters for each session are subject to change as well based on availability.
- Session 1: Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 – 12:00-1:00pm PST / 3:00-4:00pm EST
- Session 2: Wednesday, December 14th, 2022 – 12:00-1:00pm PST / 3:00-4:00pm EST
- Session 3: Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 – 12:00-1:00pm PST / 3:00-4:00pm EST
- Session 4: Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 – 12:00-1:00pm PST / 3:00-4:00pm EST
- Session 5: Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 – 12:00-1:00pm PST / 3:00-4:00pm EST
- Session 6: Wednesday, April 12th, 2023 – 12:00-1:00pm PST / 3:00-4:00pm EST
- Session 7: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 – 12:00-1:00pm PST / 3:00-4:00pm EST
One-on-One Coaching Sessions – With personalized coaching, Network partners will have the chance to review past efforts in computer science, talk through challenges and opportunities, and develop plans for future work. This opportunity will take the form of a one-on-one call to check-in with individual Networks. The focus is on developing a deeper understanding of computer science across Network partners with equity and access as priorities. We will also be available for check-ins as needed (via phone, email, etc.) to meet immediate needs and answer questions.
Read more about the opportunity here.
Best suited for Network Staff (Lead or STEM/MGM lead, or Quality of Professional Development staff) and key partners who have leadership within their organization, to extend the training and resources from this community of practice across other partners.
October 14: Deadline to apply
October 28: Applicants notified of their participation
November – April 2023: Participants attend community of practice meetings and participate in individual strategic planning sessions.
About National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,500 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase girls’ and women’s meaningful participation in computing, at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources to support their efforts in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. NCWIT’s AspireIT program is designed to teach K-12 girls, women, genderqueer and non binary people programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments, and the NCWIT AspireIT Toolkit was developed to assist individuals on the provider level implement computing programs in their community. Educators and other facilitators who want to create a CS experience can access the Toolkit and find everything they need to create a program.