The Exploring Computer Science (ECS) Fellowship is a three-year program designed to develop teacher leadership within schools and communities through computer science advocacy.
Exploring Computer Science Fellowship
Why Computer Science?
By the year 2020, 1.4 million computing jobs will be available.
Learning computer science is empowering, exciting, and engaging. Computing-related jobs are among the fastest-growing occupation groups and earn the highest entry-level median salaries.
Only 40 percent of schools in the US offer exposure to Computer Science.
Though the number of students taking computer science courses nationwide is increasing, these opportunities aren't available to everyone. Access to computer science education for African American, Latino, and American Indian students remains disproportionately low—especially given that students of color make up more than 50 percent of the overall student population.
You have an opportunity to reverse this trend.
Promoting diversity in computer science fields at the post-secondary and professional levels will be critical as the next generation prepares to enter the workforce. You have a chance to make sure every student is prepared to succeed.
Expand Access to Computer Science Education
Because most students do not have access to CS courses, we have a tremendous opportunity to play a critical role in ensuring that students from underrepresented backgrounds and low-income communities have access to a computer science education.
We are expanding access to underserved populations by recruiting corps members and alumni educators to implement the Exploring Computer Science course in urban and rural public high schools in 10 Teach For America regions over the next three years.
In total, we will prepare 83 teachers—designated as ECS Fellows—to create and provide high-quality CS education opportunities for students.
Become an Exploring Computer Science Fellow
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
During your first year as an ECS Fellow, you will advocate for CS instruction in your school and become an advocate for CS experiences in your community through activities like hosting an Hour of Code or an after-school CS club. You will also work with your school leaders to ensure that ECS will be offered to the following year.
During the summer between your first and second year, you will participate in a five-day professional development program that will prepare you to create a highly engaging CS experience for your students.
During your second year as an ECD Fellow, you will teach the ECS curriculum at your school.
You will also attend quarterly ECS professional development sessions and help recruit future ECS Fellows.
In your third year, you will continue teaching the ECS curriculum, attending quarterly professional development sessions and recruiting future ECS Fellows.
You will also have the opportunity to become an ECS Professional Development Facilitator.
How to Apply
Ready to make an impact? Though prior programming experience will be helpful, this opportunity is open to all regardless of experience. The ECS Fellowship is open to current corps members and alumni in the following regions:
- D.C. Region
- Kansas City
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rio Grande Valley
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
Become an Advocate for Computer Science in Your Region
If you aren't in a region implementing the ECS Fellowship, you can still have a major impact. If you are interested in starting an after-school program for students or integrating CS and/or computational thinking into your classroom curriculum, these resources for teachers and leaders are a good place to start.