For this year’s TASA Midwinter conference, being held in Austin from January 28-31, CS4TX and the UT Center for STEM Education (the parent organization of WeTeach_CS) are teaming up to present a strand of sessions about computer science education on January 29th. The UT Center for STEM Education and WeTeach_CS will also present two separate, related session on CS and STEM education.

Attending #TASA18? Come by booth 809 and say, “Hello!”

Staff from the UT Center for STEM Education will be on hand in booth #809 provide information, answer questions, and talk all things STEM education, Computer Science, and the Texas Teacher Externships Program.

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CS4TX Session Strand


Student Internships in High Tech

January 29, 9:30-10:30AM – Room 11AB

Everyone agrees that high school students need more opportunities to connect their learning in school to real world experiences outside of school. But those partnership with industry and internships require up-front planning and relationship building to be successful. Lessons learned from the P-TECH model and other corporate/district partnerships in high tech will be shared to help your district strategically plan for student internships.


  • Pauline Dow, San Antonio ISD Deputy Superintendent
  • Doug Killian, Pflugerville ISD Superintendent
  • Sandy Dochen, Manager, Corporate Citizenship, IBM


Debugging CS in Your District

January 29, 10:45-11:45AM – Room 17B

Building a district computer science program can be a challenge whether you’re a big or small district. These leaders will share how their districts are tackling the challenge of teacher training, curriculum, equity, & technology resources to expand access to CS to a more diverse range of students than ever before.


  • Charles Dupre, Superintendent, Ft. Bend ISD
  • Walter Jackson, Superintendent, Brenham ISD
  • Jim Haley, Superintendent, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD


Making Sense of Texas Computer Science Requirements

January 29, 1:00-2:00PM – Room 17A

Navigating the regulatory landscape around computer science (CS) education in Texas can seem as challenging as learning to program itself. This session will help you understand what CS is (and what it isn’t) in K-12 classrooms, update you on recent policy changes and discussions around computer science, and how various districts are tackling the K-12 CS education challenge.

Presenter – Hal Speed, Founder, CS4TX


Computer Science for All: Preparing Every Student for the Innovation Economy

January 29, 2:15-3:15PM – Room 18D

Texas has over 35,000 open computing jobs, yet only 3% of Texas high school graduates complete a computer science course. This panel will discuss the role K-12 can play in preparing ALL students for the innovation economy and the resources available to districts to grow their computer science programs.


  • Carol Fletcher, Deputy Director, UT Center for STEM Education
  • Penny Schwinn, Deputy Commissioner, Academics, Texas Education Agency
  • Pauline Dow, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, San Antonio ISD
  • Paula Harris, Director, Global Corporate Social Responsibility Program, Schlumberger


UT Center for STEM Education Session


Growing STEM Teacher Capacity through T-TESS for Success

January 29, 9:30-10:30AM – 9AB

How is your district using T-TESS to facilitate reflective practice? In this session, presenters will share how they are using T-TESS and online resources from UT Austin to support STEM teacher growth. T-TESS for Success uses K-12 math and science classroom videos, teacher/administrator interviews, and challenge assignments to help educators and administrators operationalize “moving to the left” on the rubric from Proficient to Distinguished teaching.


  • Carol Fletcher, Deputy Director, UT Center for STEM Education
  • Robert Stell, Principal, Pflugerville Middle School, Pflugerville ISD
  • Lori Einfalt, T-TESS Trainer, LCM Consulting


WeTeach_CS Session


WeTeach_CS and You Can Too!

January 30, 11:30AM – 12:30PM – Room 18A

Is your district looking to build a K-12 CS program? UT Austin’s WeTeach_CS program has supported over 400 Texas teachers to add a HS computer science certification in 2 years. This TEA funded program will share hands-on resources for improving the K-12 CS pipeline in your district and professional development opportunities that will help your district train and certify more CS teachers. Door prizes included!

Presenter – Carol Fletcher, UT Center for STEM Education


About ASA Midwinter
The TASA Midwinter Conference has become the most popular conference of the year for Texas school leaders because it provides such a valuable opportunity to come together to discuss and share innovative practices, network with peers, address the administrative issues administrators face every day, and gain fresh insights. We hope you and members of your leadership team will join us in Austin January 28-31, 2018.

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