What is the Commitments Campaign?
The Commitments Campaign is an annual campaign to spur action advancing data science education. It brings together industry leaders, schools and universities, policymakers, funders, and individuals committed to elevating the importance of data literacy through their work.
The campaign culminates in a large-scale public event to discuss innovations in the field, celebrate commitments, and kick off new action.
In Spring 2021, the Data Science for Everyone coalition launched the first annual Commitments Campaign. More than 270 stakeholders committed to action so that all students have the opportunity to gain data science skills.
Learn about last year’s campaign below and check back to join the 2022 Commitments Campaign!
The Commitments Process
The Commitments Process involves making a Commitment to actions that you can take in your work to elevate the importance of data literacy for all students. Making a commitment is an opportunity to showcase your work, meet new partners, and gain support from the coalition.
By making a Commitment, you join a growing coalition and dynamic community eager to elevate the importance of data literacy for every student.
In the 2021 Commitments Campaign, we received more than 270 commitments from universities, districts, policymakers, organizations and individuals like:
Professor, Graduate School
of Education, Stanford University
Victor commits to spearheading a pre-service teacher education course on teaching data science across disciplines.
Learning Sciences Doctoral Student, New York University
Shiri commits to conducting her doctoral research on how students and adults think about data in order to support data literacy educational pathways.
Math Teacher, Pendleton High School
Chris commits to presenting at the Oregon Math Leaders' conference on the new data science standards and resources and curricula that schools can use.
The campaign culminates in a large-scale public event that brings together commitment-makers and data literacy advocates to discuss topics in data science education, learn more about the innovations and opportunities coming out of the coalition, and celebrate forthcoming action.
At our inaugural Commitments Event on June 28, 2021, we were joined by Eric Schmidt of Schmidt Futures, Pamela Northam the First Lady of Virginia, Nafeesa Owens of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Chike Aguh the Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Department of Labor, and many other dynamic speakers.
We need action to elevate data science education now, because the barriers are multifold.
Demand for data science education is dependent on action from multiple actors
States, districts and universities all have a role to play in driving demand - via policy, graduation and admissions requirements and available coursework.
Data science education is often misunderstood.
Data science is not only for technical roles like statisticians or machine learning experts. The reality is, anyone who interprets, visualizes, or communicates with data is using data science skills.
Schools need instructional resources and technology
High-quality curriculum materials are sparse, and many schools do not have the computers or networks necessary to run powerful data applications.
Teachers need preparation and professional development
Few teacher preparation programs teach data science to prospective math teachers, and few professional development programs offer it to teachers of any subject.
The Data Science for Everyone coalition is supported by leaders across industry, higher education, schools, government, and the field of data science. We would like to thank our Leadership Circle for their support.
Interested in joining the Data Science for Everyone Leadership Circle? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org