The Partnership for Early Engagement in Computer Science-High School (PEECS-HS) is a partnership between the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Howard University Departments of Computer Science and Curriculum and Instruction, Exploring Computer Science (ECS), and Google, Inc. The project is Funded by the National Science Foundation and Google CS4HS. The primary goals of the PEECS-HS program are to increase: 1) DC high school student exposure to computer science earlier in their academic careers to prepare them for computer science courses, undergraduate programs, and careers, and 2) the number of in-service DC teachers implementing the Exploring Computer Science course.

What We Do

A. Professional Development

Providing teachers with high quality professional development for the Exploring Computer Science (ECS), and CS Principles curricula.

B. Fostering a DC Community of CS Educators

Building a strong community of CS educators through the establishment of a DC chapter of the CSTA

C. Resource Hub

Collect and disseminate research about computer science education

D. Events

Professional Development Sessions, CSTA Meetings, Technical Talks, App Challenges

Current Schools

    DC Public Schools

  • Cardozo HS
  • Columbia Heights Education Campus HS
  • Dunbar HS
  • Eastern HS
  • Luke C. Moore HS
  • McKinley Tech HS
  • School Without Walls HS
  • Washington Metropolitan HS
  • Wilson HS
  • Woodson HS
  • Anacostia High School
  • McKinley Educational

DC Public Charter Schools / Others

  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Washington Math Science Technology
  • Sankofa Homeschool Community
  • Howard High School (Howard Co. Public School)
  • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Baltimore, MD
  • Frederick Douglass high school (Prince Geo. Public School)
  • Mount de Sales Academy
  • Washington Math/Science/Technology Public Charter School Agency
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Prince George's County Schools, Md

Who Are We

Legand L. Burge, III, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Professor, Computer Science

Qi'Anne Knox,
CS, Ph.D. Student

Kenneth Anderson, Ph.D.
Project Evaluator
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Ketly Jean-Pierre, Ph.D.
CS Education Researcher


Gloria Washington, Ph.D.
Senior Personnel
Assistant Professor, Computer Science


Marlon Mejias,
CS Ph.D. Student




Troy Shine,
HDPES PhD. Student


Dr. Burge works with QEM in an NSF awarded project to expand Exploring Computer Science to Florida and Kentucky

Thu, September, 17 2020

The Project entitled "An HBCU Community of Practice to Prepare and Support Teachers to Teach Rigorous Computer Science Courses in Culturally Diverse School Districts", has the potential to transform professional development in socially, culturally, and economically diverse (SCED) school districts and elevate the role that HBCUs place in resolving long standing racial inequities in high schools computer science education. Read More >>

PEECS Faculty awarded

Thu, September, 17 2020

Dr. Anderson’s has been awarded a Teacher Quality Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to focus on professional development that leads to improved student outcomes and a more stable teacher workforce in computer science within K-12. Dr. Legand Burge, will serve as co-principal investor.Read More >>


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