TACSE Statewide Meeting
October 14, 2015 from 6-9pm
Embassy Suites – Houston Downtown
Discovery B & C
1515 Dallas Street
Houston, TX 77010
While the importance of STEM is generally agreed upon, the reality is that only 2% of Texas high school graduates take a computer science course. Computer science is in fact the only STEM discipline that showed a DECREASE in high school enrollment nationally between 1990 and 2009. By 2020, there will be 1,000,000 more computing jobs than students/graduates to fill them, resulting in a $500 billion opportunity gap. Texas must change this trend if we hope to prepare Texas students to fill these high-demand, high-wage jobs of the future. The purpose of this meeting is to highlight current initiatives to improve K-12 CS education in Texas and opportunities for improvement/scale-up. We’ll discuss the development and promotion of a statewide strategic plan to broaden and diversify the student population engaged in K-12 computer science experiences across the state and engage industry professionals, parents, educators, and policymakers who can contribute to this effort. Come ready to participate in this interactive experience and offer your best recommendations.
Special guest panelists include Dwayne Bohac, Texas State Representative for District 138; Donna Bahorich, Chair of the Texas State Board of Education; Paula Harris, School Board Trustee in Houston Independent School District and Director of Community Affairs at Schlumberger.
For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.thetrc.org/tacse-statewide-meeting-fall-2015/