Food for Thought: The Importance of Computer Science in K-12 Education

Food for Thought: The Importance of Computer Science in K-12 Education There is an excellent rerun podcast this week from the NPR Planet Money team, "When Women Stopped Coding." K-12 education continues to discuss coding and its place in the curriculum, and it has certainly been a topic of import of both this blog and the annual NCCE conference.  The argument is familiar: we have lost the "hard" computer science content from the K-12 curriculum and have instead deferred to practical application and digital tool training. There is also a deeper argument concerning the significant gender gap in computer science programs in higher education, with evidence that men outnumber women upwards of ten-to-one is some computer science coursework and fields. However, digging into why this is the case could help direct some of the ongoing efforts of K-12...Read More

Member Highlight: New Trainer from Utah - Chad Asay

Member Highlight: New Trainer from Utah - Chad Asay Our members are weaving the threads of education every day with people of all ages across the country. They are involved in improving lives and the overall well-being of our communities. With over 4000 members strong, NCCE would like to introduce you to a few peers. Every month we will take a snapshot of active NCCE members and find out what they are doing to make a difference in technology education. In it Together: NCCE Members Making a Difference Learn more about the leadership and members who contribute to Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE). Chad Asay and CTE Teacher Alpine School District Member since March 2016 (Yeah I am a noob) Share with us – what is one new initiative you are working on in your district? As one of the few teachers in my...Read More





NCCE is a professional learning organization for educators and hosts the largest education conference in the Northwest. Founded in 1971, NCCE has a solid foundation advocating for the effective use of technology in education.  With a focus on 21st Century skills, NCCE works to provide best practices to educators with the goal of enhancing student success. 

NCCE provides resources and innovative professional learning opportunities to educational communities throughout their career. Our professional learning specialists have a broad range of expertise and provide customizable, relevant training on topics important to educators.  NCCE works with K-20 educators and pre-service teachers to personalize learning experiences and strategically align technology initiatives with other state, district and school initiatives.

NCCE partners with educators, educational leaders, affiliates and corporations to enhance teaching and learning through our conference, professional development and resources.  An affiliate organization of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), NCCE has a membership base from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.