Session 2K: Who Has a Seat at the Table in CSed? Rethinking Equity Through the Lens of Decision-making and Power in Computer Science Education Initiatives
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Thu Mar 12, 2020
Portland Ball Room 255


Who makes decisions about what K-12 computer science education(CSed) should look like? While equitable participation is a central focus of K-12 CSed, the field has largely thought about equity through the lens of providing access to inclusive and robust CS learning. But issues of who has a "seat at the table" in determining the shape of those experiences, and the larger field that structures them, have been largely under-explored. This panel session argues that equitable CSed must take into account questions of participation in decision-making about CSed, with such issues of power themselves a key dimension of equity in any education effort. We highlight efforts engaging stakeholders from across the education landscape-parents, educators, community members, administrators, and students-exploring how decision-making is structured, how voices that are usually marginalized might be elevated, the tensions involved in these processes, and the relationships between participation and equity.

Rafi Santo Research Associate, CSforALL
Sara Vogel Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Jean Ryoo University of California, Los Angeles
Camie Belgrave Director, Strategic Partnerships, CSforALL
Alicia Morris Los Angeles Unified School District
Alex Tirado Los Angeles Unified School District

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