Award Recognizing Educators Who Promote Gender Equity in Computing
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)Aspirations in Computing Educator Award(AiC Educator Award) identifies exemplary formal and informal educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging ninth- through twelfth-grade students who self-identify as female, genderqueer, or nonbinary to explore their interests in computing and technology. The award recognizes these educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing. Since 2011 more than 500 educators have been recognized and have received more than $225,000 in professional development funding to improve their computing education skills. Information about eligibilities, prizes, the application process, and more is available online. The AiC Educator Award is sponsored by AT&T.
Deadline: December 7, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (ET), for applications
Plus: NCWIT offers freeresources and programs for educators to be more inclusive and for family members to encourage youth to pursue computing education and careers. Among the many offerings are Computer Science Is for Everyone (toolkit for middle and high schools to increase diversity in computer science education); Guide to Inclusive Computer Science Education (context and concrete steps to engage all students in computer science); Inclusive Environmental Assessment Guide (characteristics of a physical environment—for example, a workspace—that increase the sense of belonging for a broader range of people); Modern Figures Podcast (women of color in STEM who share relatable, pivotal moments along their journey in computing); and TECHNOLOchicas (initiative to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology).
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