Maine Computer Science Education Summit


WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

7:30 – 8:30 AM: Registration
DPC Atrium

Enjoy light refreshments while networking with facilitators and participants.

8:30 – 8:45 AM: Welcome

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8:45 – 9:30 AM: Keynote

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Sarah Dunton, Director of ECEP will be joined on stage by Maine educators. Together, they will share inspirational stories, successful strategies, and critical insights into what has worked across the country as well as here in Maine to broaden participation in computer science. 

9:30 – 10:30 AM: CS Ecosystem Keystone Partners Panel

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Bringing Computer Science to all Maine students will take a coordinated approach. The Keystone Partners Panel will bring together representatives from Higher Ed, K-12, Business/Industry, Policymakers, Nonprofits, and Students. Panel members will reflect on their experiences in Computer Science, highlighting successes as well as challenges they have faced.

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Networking Time

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Collaboration is critical to moving forward with Computer Science Educational efforts. Participants are encouraged to use this time to strengthen existing connections as well as identifying new opportunities for partnership and work.

11:00 – 11:50 AM: Breakout Group

DPC 107, 111, 117, Ferland rooms, Neville

Participants will engage in a small regional group work session to identify attainable goals for the next 12-18 months to increase access to Computer Science. Each group will be comprised of a cross-section of attendees representing K-12, Higher Ed, Policy, Nonproift, and Industry. 

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch

Tent on the Mall

Join us for a catered lunch on the Mall as we celebrate summer in Maine and the power of our collective action.

1:00 – 1:50 PM: Breakout Groups Continued

DPC 107, 111, 117, Ferland rooms, Neville

Continuation of small group discussions from the morning. Groups will create an action plan based on their identified goals.

2:00 – 2:50 PM: Birds of a Feather

DPC 107, 111, 117, Ferland rooms, Neville

Participants with similar roles (for example: educators with educators; policymakers with policymakers) will be grouped to discuss their Breakout Group action plan and reflect on how people in their respective positions can support the implementation of these plans.

3:00 – 3:30 PM: Closing: Next Steps Together

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Logos for organizations supporting the summit, including MMSA, the Maine Department of Education, the UMaine Rise center, ECEP, Educate Maine, and the Alfond Foundation.

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