The 2022 DS4E Commitments Event will bring together a core group of leaders in policy, philanthropy, industry, and data science education in a virtual conversation and community-building opportunity dedicated to Preparing All Students for a Data Science Future.
Data science roles are in high demand...
Despite an annual increase of 35%, over 60% of companies express difficulty in filling these roles because of severe talent shortages. To help expand data science education and equip students with the skills they need for real-world career success, this event will focus on:
The importance of growing a strong and equitable talent pipeline for data science from the K-12 level
Implementation models for making change happen with examples of successful policy action at the district, state and federal level
During the convening we will...
Hear major Commitment announcements from key change-makers on high-impact actions taking place in the field
Discuss the policy actions and implementation methods we are seeing across the country to prepare students for data science careers
Network in small groups based on core topics of interest in data science education, facilitated by experts in the field
About the Coalition
Data Science for Everyone is a coalition advancing data science education so that every K-12 student is equipped with the data literacy skills needed to succeed in our modern world. Equitable access to data science education is an opportunity to open doors to higher education, high-paying careers, and an engaged community.
1-1:05 PM ET
Welcome Remarks on the DS4E Coalition
Steve Levitt, Author, Freakonomics & Kumar Garg, Managing Director and Head of Partnerships, Schmidt Futures
1:05-1:15 PM ET
U.S. Deputy Chief Data Scientist, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
1:15-1:50 PM ET
Building a Strong & Equitable Data Science Talent Pipeline.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics considers data literacy to be one of the most in demand skills over the next decade, yet 60% of companies report difficulties filling positions and finding talent. To bridge this gap, we need strong and equitable talent pipelines that prioritize data literacy. Join this conversation to hear from policymakers and other key actors on how they are rethinking workforce readiness in K-12 education and expanding CTE programs and other opportunities.
Panelists: Josh Elder, Siegel Family Endowment; Lydia Logan, IBM; Brandeis Marshall, DataedX Group; Anthony Owen, Arkansas Department of Education
1:55-2:05 PM ET
Managing Director and Head of Partnerships, Schmidt Futures
2:05-2:40 PM ET
Implementing Change in States & Districts
We know that prioritizing K-12 data science education will expand access to higher education, higher paying jobs, and deeper community engagement. But how do we actually make this happen and what can we learn from efforts in data science and related fields? Join this panel to discuss implementation models and policy actions - from standards to pathways to workforce readiness and partnerships - that can help advance data science education nationally.
Panelists: Lizzette Reynolds, ExcelinEd; McKenzie Snow, Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia; Bill Tucker, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Adanna Ukah, Grow with Google
2:40-2:50 PM ET
Professor of Physics; Director, Berkeley Institute for Data Science
2:50-3:00 PM ET
Call to Action
Video Remarks from Senator Alex Padilla
3:00-4:00 PM ET
Networking Tracks for:
Curriculum implementation facilitated by Kristin Hunter-Thomson, Dataspire
Workforce readiness facilitated by Mark Zachar, Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute
State or federal policy facilitated by Melodie Baker, Just Equations
Teacher training facilitated by Gemma Mojica, Friday Institute for Education Innovation