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    Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards Panel

    The Department is collaborating with the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network, (MassCAN), an alliance of organizations advocating for computer science in school, on the development of voluntary Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards for Massachusetts schools. A review panel, representing diverse perspectives, was formed to guide this work. The panel reviewed existing computer science standards and the current Technology Literacy standards. The panel met from June 2014 through May 2015 to draft Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards.

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    Overview of the review process

    June 2014 – November 2014Begin Phase 1 — Research and Develop RecommendationsStatus
     The first phase of the Panel's work is the development and presentation of recommendations for the standards to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).Completed
    November 2014 – May 2015Begin Phase 2 — Standards Writing 
     The second phase focuses on revising and developing state learning standards based on the recommendations of phase one.Completed
    May 2015 – June 2016Begin Phase 3 — Formal Adoption of Standards 
     The third phase is dedicated to completing standards (based on Phase 2) by seeking public input, both from the field and external organizations with expertise in digital literacy and computer science, making final revisions, and final adoption by BESE.Completed


    Please direct inquiries about the Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards Panel to mathsciencetech@doe.mass.edu .

    DLCS Review Panel Members:

    NamePosition and District/Organization
    Elementary Teachers/Faculty
    Lauren DietzInstructional Technology Specialist, Newton Public Schools, Newton
    Rayna FreedmanTeacher/ITS, Jordan and Jackson Elementary, Mansfield
    John HeffernanTechnology Teacher, Ann T. Dunphy School, Williamsburg
    Sue HowardInstructional Technology Specialist, Concord Public Schools, Concord
    Middle School Teachers/Faculty
    Kriss AhoTechnology /Engineering Teacher, Collins Middle School, Salem
    David DigiammerinoTechnology Teacher, Millis Public School, Millis
    Carla FitzgeraldSocial Studies Teacher, Marshal Middle School, BillericaPhase 1
    Nancy Lanza-WelshComputer Teacher, Richardson Middle School, Dracut
    High School Teachers/Faculty
    Jennifer DimmickLibrary Teacher, Newton South High School, Newton
    Chad McGowanTeacher, Ashland High School, Ashland
    Jessica ParsonMathematics and Computer Science Teacher, Milton High School, Milton
    David PettyComputer Science Teacher, STEM Coordinator, Winchester Public School, Winchester
    Charter Schools
    George BracketPrincipal, George Brackett Associates; Co-founder of the Codman Academy Charter Public School
    Alec ResnickDirector, Sprout & Co./Somerville STEAM Academy, SomervillePhase 1
    Vocational Schools
    Jeff LeBoeufTeacher, Worcester Technical High SchoolPhase 1
    Linda HerbisonBusiness Teacher, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Fitchburg
    Administrators, Coordinators, and Department Heads
    Robert AckermanPrincipal, Lane School, BedfordPhase 1
    Robert FordDirector of Technology, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln
    Wendy HaskellDirector of Technology and Library/Media, Falmouth Public School, Falmouth
    Diane HauserSenior Program Director, Educational Technology, Boston Public Schools, Boston
    Michael LooneyCurriculum Chair, Technology Department, Mashpee High School, Mashpee
    Higher Education
    W. Richards AdrionProfessor Emeritus of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Deborah BoisvertExecutive Director of the Boston-Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC), University of Massachusetts Boston
    Kim CochraneCoordinator C&I Technology and Education Technology, Framingham State University
    Kathi FislerProfessor of Computer Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Kimberle KoileResearch Scientist, MIT, Center for Educational Computing Initiatives, Cambridge
    Fred MartinAssociate Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Susanne Steizer-EscobarComputer Science Faculty and Department Chair, MassBay Community College, Wellesley
    Business or Organization
    Delcie BeanPresident, Paragus Strategic IT, Springfield
    Ayora BerryGlobal Schools Manager, PTC Inc., Needham
    David BirnbachSchool Committee Member, Andover
    Shelley ChamberlainExecutive Director of MassCUE, Waltham
    Mark CheckMuseum of Science, BostonPhase 1
    Sandra ColePrincipal Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation, Bedford
    Benjamin DavisonQuantitative User Experience Researcher, Google, Inc., Cambridge
    Jen GoreeSoftware Portfolio and Project Manager, The Concord Consortium, Concord
    Eric JewartSoftware Developer, Ab Initio; AP CS Teacher, Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School
    Hamed NilforoshanStudent, Wellesley High School, Wellesley; CEO AlNoor GamesPhase 1
    Vivian SiegelDirector of Education and Outreach, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge
    Peter WongDirector of University Relations, Museum of Science, Boston

    Planning Group

    NamePosition and District/Organization
    Anne DeMallieMathematics Statewide Program Coordinator, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Jake FosterDirector of Science, Technology/Engineering and Mathematics, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    AJ KuppsCoordinator of Professional Learning Services and Accessibility, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Joyce Malyn-SmithPrincipal Investigator Focusing on Strategic Initiatives in STEM Workforce & Human Development, MassCAN Education Development Center, Waltham
    Kelly PowersProject Director, Education Development Center, WalthamPhase 1 & 2

    Last Updated: December 10, 2018

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