Last week our team had the honor of hosting the first-ever Code.org International Summit. We were joined in Dallas, Texas, by 37 partners from 17 different countries. Even though everyone came from various backgrounds and spoke different languages, we all convened around a shared goal: to expand access to computer science education.
Summit attendees had the opportunity to participate in sessions on a range of topics, including how to train new CS teachers, use the K-12 CS Framework, start a national movement beginning with the Hour of Code, and how to build and sustain an inclusive CS community. My favorite part of the summit was hearing the presentations given by our partners from Japan, Sweden, South Africa, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Turkey, and the UK. I felt grateful that each presenter honestly shared the challenges they face and inspired by the innovative solutions they are working on to bring CS to students in their region.
Three days of hearing about the fantastic work our partners are doing to improve CS education around the world and watching them make connections with one another has given us a renewed sense of motivation and inspiration. We were blown away by the passion that each of our partners has for the work ahead of them, and we’re excited to continue working alongside them to make sure every student in every school has the opportunity to learn CS. We’re looking forward to hearing all about their progress at next year’s summit!
Suky Kang, Director of International Partnerships