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The Equitable Computer Science Curriculum Initiative The Kapor Center’s initiative focuses on improving equity in CS education through culturally relevant and responsive K-12 CS curriculum. Click here to learn about our ongoing webinar series. The Problem Computing jobs are among the fastest-growing and highest-paying occupations….yet Black, Latinx, Native American students and girls often lack access to the computer science courses …

AISES and the Kapor Center Awarded $1.4m Grant from National Science Foundation

Alicia Nunez

Funding to Support Native American Girls in Computer Science Education Albuquerque, NM, June 21, 2021 – The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and the Kapor Center have been awarded a 4 year, $1.4m grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovation Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program in order to provide a sequence of 3 tribe-specific …

Mobilizing for Racial Justice

Today, on the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, we take a moment to reflect on a precious life brutally stolen, dreams unfulfilled, and a family coping without their beloved son, brother, uncle, cousin, and father.  While the ripple effects of devastation, grief, anger, helplessness, and fear emanating from Minneapolis spread across the country and the globe, …

THE COMPUTER SCIENCE TEACHER LANDSCAPE: RESULTS OF A NATIONWIDE TEACHER SURVEY

While the technology sector remains one of the fastest growing industries across the nation and continues to rapidly permeate all facets of society, the next generation of the computing workforce must be equipped with the skills to examine how current systems exacerbate inequities and to develop new, more equitable innovations. To enable this shift, current computer science (CS) instruction will …

The Black Technology Workforce: Designing a More Inclusive Future

Why aren’t there more Black workers in tech, and why is progress so slow? Download infographic here. Overall data trends across the tech industry show a disparity in Black representation across the ecosystem. Since 2014, advocacy groups (including the Congressional Black Caucus and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition), journalists, researchers, tech employees, and numerous other stakeholders have played a significant role …

Encantos Raises $5.7M to Accelerate Digital and Physical Subscription Products and Announces New Executive Leadership Hires

Alicia Nunez

Led by Precursor Ventures, new investors include Angeles Ventures, Concrete Rose Capital, Metrodora Ventures, Next Play Ventures, Portfolia’s Rising America Fund, and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund Strengthens Executive Team With Appointments of Julie Fleischer as Chief Growth Officer and Taylor Margis-Noguera as Chief Operating Officer CULVER CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Encantos, an award-winning edtech company focused on helping kids learn 21st …

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Teacher Perspectives on COVID-19’s Impact on K-12 Computer Science Instruction

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced teachers nationwide to transition hastily to emergency distance learning environments, concerns about educational equity and access emerged. The Kapor Center and the Computer Science Teachers Association surveyed nearly 3,700 K-12 computer science teachers, to understand how the transition to virtual learning has impacted K-12 computing education. Key findings include: While only 18% of all teachers …

Kapor Foundation Names Dr. Allison Scott as Chief Executive Officer

Kapor Foundation Names Dr. Allison Scott as Chief Executive Officer Scott Begins New Role by Leading Kapor Foundation’s 100 Days of Action for Racial Justice Campaign and Civic Engagement Activities Launching During National Voter Registration Week Oakland – Kapor Foundation announced today that it has named Dr. Allison Scott as it’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Scott begins her tenure …

100 Days of Action Statement

We are in a perilous moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has left 25-30 million Americans unemployed, over 166,000 dead, and countless lives turned upside down. Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities–who were already plagued by disparities caused by systemic racism–have disproportionately shouldered the burden of COVID-19.  The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks, the most recent in …

What a Black tech movement might look like

Alicia Nunez

Dr. Fallon Wilson is, like civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, sick and tired of being sick and tired. Hamer and Wilson were both talking about a lack of progress on civil rights, but Wilson is talking specifically about data, AI, and tech from companies that have for years failed to make meaningful progress on diversity and inclusion initiatives. In a …