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Our Massachusetts economy depends on our ability to develop talent capable of innovating in a digital world. The high tech industry and every other sector in our information-based economy has a growing need for computer science expertise, more so than any other STEM field of study by a large margin.

Our students will live in a world where computing will transform their lives. We want all students to expand the way they think, enabling them to use computational thinking to solve problems. This will prepare them to not just use technology, but to develop it.

It all starts with inspiring students, engaging them early, teaching them based on standards, and offering them opportunities to study more deeply if they're interested.

MassCAN is dedicated to making that possible in Massachusetts by building a partnership of educators, industry professionals, and nonprofits to mobilize our resources to create new educational opportunities accessible to all students in Massachusetts.


Building State Capacity for Leadership in K-12 Computer Science Education

On April 3rd & 4th, MassCAN hosted a workshop at Google's Cambridge office for ten states to discuss 4 key areas:

  • Business Engagement
  • Establishing Statewide Coalitions
  • Defining Equity as the Core Value
  • Engaging Government Leaders

MassCAN also used this workshop as a platform for releasing the BNY Mellon State of the States Landscape Report. 

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Peyser, Offensend, Vinter



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Business Panel 1

Business Panel 2

Business Panel 3


Equity Panel

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State Coal Panel 1

State Coal Panel 2

Govt Panel 1


State Coal Panel 3

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Meeting 1

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Govt Panel 2

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Photo credit: EDC, Glen Price, Heather Lageman, Mark Newburn


BNY Mellon State of the States Landscape Report

Full Report

Priority 1: State Plan for K–12 Computer Science Education

Priority 2: State-Level Initiatives to Address Diversity in Computer Science Education

Priority 3: Adoption of K–12 Computer Science Standards

Priority 4: State-Level Funding for K–12 Computer Science Education

Priority 5: State Computer Science Teacher Certification

Priority 6: State-Approved Pre-Service Teacher Preparation Programs at Institutions of Higher Education

Priority 7: A Dedicated State-Level Computer Science Position

Priority 8: A Requirement for All High Schools to Offer Computer Science

Priority 9: Computer Science Can Satisfy a Core High School Graduation Requirement

Priority 10: Computer Science Can Satisfy a Core Admission Requirement at Postsecondary Institutions


MassCAN Advisory Board: Notice of Meeting and Agenda

The Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network will hold a meeting as follows:

Time: 4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Date: December 21, 2017
Location: MITRE Corporation*, MITRE Center (C Building), Room 1C103, 202 Burlington Road (Route 62), Bedford, MA 01730

List of Topics Expected to Be Discussed at Meeting:

  • Review October meeting minutes
  • Review budget for spend down of final FY16 funds ($274,000)
  • Update on teh PACE initiative
  • Introduction to Shay Pokress - new computer science expert and casual staff member for MassCAN

* As MITRE is a federal research facility, the name of each U.S. citizen wishing to attend the meeting will be provided in advance of the meeting to the MITRE Corporation to facilitate entry to the facility. Please bring a photo ID. Non-Advisory Board members wishing to attend the meeting should contact Jim Stanton at no later than Tuesday December 19 by 4:00 p.m.


View the MassCan Briefing Book and Strategic Plan

February 2016
MassCAN Briefing Book

September 2015
MassCAN 2015-2018 Strategic Plan
Implementing Computer Science Education in Massachusetts

October 2013
MassCAN 2013 Action Plan


Minutes of the 2015-2016 MassCAN Advisory Board Minutes:

December 14, 2016
September 14, 2016
July 25, 2016
June 15, 2016
March 23, 2016
February 24, 2016
January 20, 2016
September 23, 2015

We Thank Our Financial Partners