Computer Science Education in Tennessee Program
Written by: Alex Curtis | Posted Jun 18, 2020

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 we hosted a program on Computer Science Education in Tennessee. The virtual event came together through the combined effort of ChaTech, the Greater Memphis IT Council, the Greater Nashville Technology Council, and the Knoxville Technology Council. Watch the video here:


Many thanks to our moderator and panelists:

* Charlie Apigian, Professor and Director of the Data Science Institute at MTSU
* Meka Egwuekwe: Executive Director, CodeCrew
* Alexis Harrigan: Director of State Government Affairs,
* Keith Jackson: 9-12 math teacher and Computer Science Principles and Fundamentals Facilitator, Oak Ridge High School
* Deborah Knoll: K-12 programs and STEM initiatives, Tennessee Dept. of Education

Read the TN Department of Education Computer Science Report

2020 tn dept of ed cs reportIf you attended the webinar and haven’t read the report yet, what are you waiting for?! Deborah Knoll, K-12 programs and STEM initiatives, Tennessee Dept. of Education provided details about the full report found here. Dive into the details of what computer science education looks like in Tennessee at the Department of Education’s Computer Science resource page. Resources

Map Graphics for TN Tech CouncilsAlexis Menocal Harrigan, Director of State Government Affairs with, provided a national perspective on computer science policy, as well as a deep dive on 9 factors that the organization considers when rating a state’s performance. View her presentation here. Write a letter to your state policy makers here. Learn so much more about computer science education policy and comparative details about every state here.

Educators and School Administrators – what CS programs does your school offer? Update the map / database with specifics and compare how your school stacks up to others in your region

CodeCrew Resources

CsforALMeka Egwuekwe, Executive Director of CodeCrew, highlighted the CSforALL Summit coming up in Memphis on October 13-15 2020. The event is the annual convening of the national computer science  education community. Submission Deadline is July 31, 2020.

Again, thank you to all the attendees for getting engaged on this topic, the Tennessee tech councils for your partnership, and to the panelists. If computer science education is an important issue for you, please let us know!