Philadelphia Area Computer Science Educators

Winter Meeting

Date:  Thursday, February 9, 2006

Time: 4-6:30 pm

Place: Drexel University 

Hill Conference Room, LeBow Engineering Center

This meeting continues the community building begun at the Fall meeting.  Presentations addressed public awareness of the nature of Computer Science and steps we can take to effect positive change.


4:00 Arrive - light supper
4:30 Welcome
4:45 Presentations
  • Dan Joyce (Villanova University): ACM, SIGCSE, and CS Curriculum
  • Debbie Carter (Lancaster Country Day School): CSTA and what it is doing for K-12 CS teachers
  • Marjorie Blaze (PA Dept. of Education) CS certification issues
5:45 Break
6:00 Discussion (break into groups)
6:20 Wrap-up

Summary, links, and discussion results

Message from Andrew Ruether:

I have attached the results of the Philadelphia Area Computer Science Educators 2006 Winter Meeting at Drexel University.  The file contains the following information:
1.  Program from the meeting
2.  Short discussion summary from the meeting
3.  Links to information presented in the meeting
4.  Dan Joyce's presentation on ACM and SIGCSE
5.  Debbie Carter's presentation on CSTA
6.  Andrew Ruether's presentation on Computer Science Certification Issues
Make sure you check out page 5 of the document, which lists the discussion results. 
There are some smaller groups that will be tackling some of the issues we all face.  Debbie Carter will be leading a group to address PA Computer Science Standards.  Get in touch with her at to join in the effort.  We also want to get a group to investigate certification.  Let me know if you are interested in working on this issue.  We have a great opportunity to improve computer science education in Pennsylvania. 
The consensus was that we would plan to get back together sometime around the 3rd week in May, preferably at a high school.  Please let me know if you are interested in hosting.
Thanks for all your support.  Thanks again to Jeff Salvage and Drexel University for hosting the meeting.
- Andrew Ruether