Jim Stanton staff portrait



Jim Stanton works with industry, education, and policy leaders across Massachusetts to promote increased opportunities in computer science instruction and to create additional pathways to STEM careers. He has more than 30 years of experience in K–12 education, political and community organizing, business, and workforce development.

As executive director of the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), facilitated by EDC, Stanton advances MassCAN’s mission to ensure that all students in Massachusetts have a strong foundation in computing and are ready to lead and innovate in a future economy driven by computer technology.

Prior to joining EDC, Stanton founded the Leadership Initiatives for Teaching and Technology (LIFT²) teacher externship program, an initiative that offered opportunities for 150 STEM teachers to have paid summer externships and take graduate courses to bring real-world learning experiences into the classroom.

Stanton is former member of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the Teachers 21 Board. He holds an MEd in urban education from Boston College.

“Computer science is emerging as an essential 21st century skill. It is imperative that we provide an opportunity for all students to gain essential computer science skills and knowledge and that we prepare and inspire both a larger and much more diverse group of students for the extraordinary computer science careers of the future.”

Speaking Highlights

Massachusetts’ Computing Education Agenda: Opportunities and Equity for Work and Life

Featured speaker, Massachusetts STEM Summit 2014
Worcester, MA
October 2014

The Massachusetts Experience at the States and Cities Present Effective Strategies for U.S. Computer Science Education

Panelist, TATA Consultancy and STEMconnector’s Computer Science Education: Progress, State-by-State, City-by-City Roundtable
New York, NY
May 2014

Building School District Capacity to Support Computer Science

Moderated panel discussion, Massachusetts STEM Summit 2013
Foxborough, MA
November 2013

Selected Publications

Stanton, J., Malyn-Smith, J., Pillai, S., Lewis, R., & Carey, H. (2013, October). MassCAN action plans for scaling K–12 computer science in Massachusetts. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.

Selected Resources


This guide helps school districts choose the computer science (CS) curricula that best suit their communities’ needs.


This report surveys state-level efforts to improve access to K–12 computer science education opportunities in the United States.


This document outlines the vision, mission, and three-year plan of the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), which is based at EDC.


In this briefing book, the leaders of the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) describe the goals, key accomplishments, and future directions of the partnership.