August 24, 2017: Congratulations to Dale Reed on new NSF grant to bring CS to all Chicago Public High School students

Congratulations to Computer Science Clinical Professor Dale Reed on a new NSF grant entitled "Collaborative Research: Chicago Alliance For Equity in Computer Science (CAFECS)". The award to UIC is for $70,000; this is part of a collaborative project involving DePaul, The Learning Partnership, Loyola, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS), with total project funding of roughly $2 million running from October 2017 to September 2021.

This Chicago Alliance For Equity in Computer Science (CAFECS) has the aim of ensuring that all CPS students have access to inclusive, high-quality, introductory computer science education in high school. CPS, the third largest school district in the nation, requires all students starting high school in Fall 2017 or later to complete a computer science (CS) course. CAFECS will ensure that CPS provides sufficient support to teachers and holds all schools accountable for offering high-quality CS across the entire district. CAFECS will empower at least 25,000 Chicago teens with the foundational practices of computer science.

This is a great example of Professor Reed's --- and Computer Science's --- role in the "Chicago and community engagement" pillar of UIC's strategic plan.

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