With funding from Schmidt Futures, CSforALL launched EcoSystemforCS (E4CS) in Fall 2019. A mix of rural and urban communities across the South, East, Midwest, Southwest, and Pacfic Northwest United States, and at different stages in their development became the E4CS Cohort. Maintaining this community with intent was the basis for learning and networking with each other, and other experts. The overwhelming sentiment from all was the invaluable opportunity for new partnerships, hearing from ecosystems faced with similar challenges, learning from experts, and the space to focus on developing a strategic plan together.

“Every time we were together, it was such…

As organizations and communities across the U.S. scrambled to adapt to the impact of COVID, so did the Ecosystems forCS (E4CS) initiative at CSforALL. With support from Schmidt Futures, E4CS are 10 dynamic communities coming together to ensure all young people have equitable access to high quality CS education.

Originally slated as a mid-year in-person convening in Columbus OH, we moved to a series of 5 consecutive virtual workshops. During May and June 2020, the 10 ecosystem planning teams participated in virtual design-thinking strategic planning workshops to further develop skills in creative solutions-based problem-solving. …

CSforALL Summit 2018, Detroit MI

The Need

Technology has become an integral and ubiquitous part of society. Not only is it important to have a skilled workforce, but computer science’s ways of thinking, problem solving, and creating are invaluable to all parts of life. Equitable access to and participation in the virtual environment are essential for inclusion and success in education, employment, finance, health and wellness, civic engagement, and a democratic society. Without computational thinking, young people and especially those in marginalized populations will be left behind without the core critical thinking and innovation skills that the digital world requires.

Educators, policy makers, families, and business leaders…

Gwynn Hughes, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Laveta Wills-Hale, Arkansas Out of School Network present a summary of the Mo’Time for CS meeting at the CSforALL Summit, October 9, 2018

CSforALL encompasses powerful learning opportunities both in and out of school. To create a shared understanding of computer science (CS) education in the out-of-school time (OST) space and imagine a future for CS in OST, a group of 75 experts including content and program providers, researchers, technologists, policymakers, and funders gathered to share research, policy, promising practices, and generate ideas.

Under the banner of “Mo’Time for CS” and leading up to the CSforALL 2018 Summit Celebration at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, they gathered to discuss what afterschool, summer, libraries, museums, and other OST spaces can bring to the…

October 8, 2018, CSforALL will host Mo’Time for CS, a national convening to set the stage for integrating computer science education into out-of-school time (OST) as part of the annual CSforALL Summit 2018 in Detroit Michigan. With support from C.S. Mott Foundation, the STEM Next Opportunity Fund, and RBC Capital Markets and others, invited practitioners, advocates, policymakers, researchers, and experts from after-school, summer learning, library, museum, and other OST spaces will spend the day at the first-of-its kind working summit. …

From online banking and keeping up with the news, to accessing real-time patient medical records and keeping in touch with friends, online life is now real life.

Web literacy skills like searching, remixing, and basic cyber-security are necessary for people to understand and take full advantage of all the internet has to offer. In the 21st century, these fundamental web literacy skills are as essential as reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Further, the countless stories from Equifax to Facebook to disinformation being used to stoke political campaigns to the fact that all jobs will soon be digital is a wake-up call…

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the first cohort of Mozilla Web Literacy Leaders met on July 18–19 in Chicago to continue growing their open leadership skills. Through skill sharing and design thinking they deepened their knowledge about web literacy and what it will take to support a healthy internet.

Here’s a snapshot of what was shared and learned.

What is the Web Literacy Leaders Program?

Mozilla’s Web Literacy Leaders Program is a six-month, cohort-based program designed to build a cadre of learners, teachers, and leaders who become advocates of an open and healthy internet by teaching others core web literacy skills. The cohort will participate in Mozilla-led web literacy trainings and train-the-trainer sessions, deliver training to others, learn to work in the open, participate in the larger Mozilla community, and become web literacy leaders in their professional fields and communities.

Why does Web Literacy Leadership Matter?

Web literacy leadership is a critical part of improving web access in…

As part of the Web Literacy Skills for Library Staff project funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services, library pilot sites are remixing Mozilla’s web literacy curriculum and training for library staff and patrons.

Here are a few highlights of what’s been accomplished by some library pilots thus far:

Anythink Libraries, a large public library system serving the residents of Adams County, Colorado featured their remix of the web literacy curriculum and training at Tech Fest 2017, a district wide staff training session in which about 130 library staff participated. At the Tech Fest, participants were given a “Guardians…

Learning can take place anytime, anywhere, at any pace in a rapidly evolving, networked world. At Mozilla, learning to read, write and participate on the web is the 4th basic fundamental skill next to the three Rs of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

The practice of the learner at the center is also fundamental to Mozilla where the mission is to ensure a healthy, open and accessible internet for all. One way to do this is provide people with open access to the skills and know-how needed to use the web to improve their lives, careers, and organizations.

In traditional U.S…

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