In May of 2017, NICERC was contacted by the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) with a request to participate in the creation of a new effort aimed at demystifying the “landscape of computer science (CS) curricula options” (Stanton and Harunani, 2017, p. 1) that are available to teachers across the country. As a result of that contact, NICERC is now proud to be listed as a contributing author to the guide.
“Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and MassCAN collaborated with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and the Greater Boston chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) to prepare the guide. […] The guide was developed as part of an initiative for school districts to accelerate the creation of classroom opportunities for learning CS that are standards-based, high-quality, career- relevant, and accessible to all students at all grade levels” (p. 1).
The guide is divided into four sections, an introduction, K-5 resources, 6-8, and 9-12. 32 titles have been explored, from AP Computer Science A to Zulama, from PLTW’s Launch and Gateway to NICERC’s STEM EDA and Computer Science. Each title listed includes an overview, a list of properties, available resources, and technological requirements for implementation.