June 5 – 7, 2017

Monday – Wednesday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


UT-Austin Pickle Research Campus, Commons Learning Center10100 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78758




Educating, Empowering, & Inspiring CS Teachers

The WeTeach_CS Summit offers a variety of sessions and resources for K-12 teachers. The format will include a student expo, vendor exhibits, special guest speakers, as well as general and breakout sessions.

Downloadable Overview Agenda

WeTeach_CS Summit 2017 Agenda (PDF)


Full Schedule Now Online!

Sched logoThe full session schedule for the WeTeach_CS Summit 2017 is now online. Attendees, you can now browse sessions and pre-plan your Summit breakout-session experience! Mobile web, iCal, Google, and Outlook integration also available. View on Sched.com



Opening Session – June 5 at 9:15 AM

WeTeach_CS Change Maker Awards

WeTeach_CS Change Maker Awards are awarded to high school CS teachers who have made significant impacts on his/her students or the community through CS instruction. Teachers were nominated by a colleague, and two letters of support were also submitted by fellow educators, administrators, parents, students or community members. Each of the award recipients receives a $750 honorarium with complimentary registration, travel and lodging for the WeTeach_CS Summit.

WeTeach_CS Mini-Grant Awards

WeTeach_CS Mini-Grant Awards are presented to Texas teachers to support instructional resources and materials used for educating K-12 CS, and provide funding that can be used for after-school activities, in-school programs or summer camps. These grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded to support activities to be completed within the next school year.

The 2017 WeTeach_CS Change Maker Awards and WeTeach_CS Mini-Grants are made possible through the generosity of IBM and Oracle Academy.

(View on Sched)


Keynote Session – June 5 at 3:30 PM

Ruthe FarmerChampioning Change: Building the National Movement for Computer Science for All

Ruthe Farmer

Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion in Technology, Engineering & STEM 

Launched in January 2016 and building upon nationwide efforts by the community, Computer Science for All (CSforAll) is a bold initiative to empower all US students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators in the digital economy. Ruthe Farmer, former Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy will share stories and insights from her long career championing diversity and inclusion in technology nationally and leading CSforAll at the White House. (View on Sched)

About Ruthe Farmer – Ruthe Farmer’s full bio can be downloaded here.


Plenary Session – June 6 at 8:30 AM

NCWIT Aspirations Awards Panel

Ruthe Farmer, Moderator

Meet four inspiring winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing and learn how to use this free program to encourage and support girls’ participation in your CS courses. (View on Sched)

NCWIT logoNCWIT Aspiration Award Winners
  • Hannah Grace Jensen (LASA High School)
  • Nabihah Khalid (John B. Connally High School)
  • Inchara Nelogal (Meridian World School)
  • Whitney Tran (Vandegrift High School)



Plenary Session – June 6 at 3:45 PM

The exciting new world of code & data

Steven Miller, IBMSteven Miller

Data Maestro, Global Leader Academic Programs, IBM Analytics Group

We have entered a transformative era commonly referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution.  A world of Cyber-Physical Systems, Internet of Things, Cloud computing, and Artificial Intelligence. During this talk, we will explore the changes underway particularly in the context of work and careers.  What capabilities and skills are needed by all?   What new specialties are emerging?  What actions should we take to prepare the next generations? (View on Sched)


Plenary Session – June 7 at 8:30 AM

Equipping Today’s Students with Future Skills

Kevin Hodges, GoogleKevin Hodges

Regional Education Manager, Google EDU

By 2020 more than half of all jobs will require computational skills, but a majority of students still don’t learn these in school. Even now, millions of jobs are projected to go unfilled, and women and minorities are already drastically underrepresented in technical fields. But this goes far beyond a pipeline problem. And it’s about so much more than code and programming. This is about helping students learn skills like problem-solving, creativity and collaboration, which apply across every discipline, from business to the arts to computer science.

Join us as we chat about the programs and tools we’re creating, how we’re supporting educators and which nonprofit partners we’re investing in to help arm every student with the skills they’ll need to be the creators – not just the consumers – of new technology. (View on Sched)


Closing Session – June 7 at 1:00 PM


James Walter Doyle, DonorsChoose.orgJames Walter Doyle

Senior Director of New School Activation, DonorsChoose.org

Walter Doyle will give attendees an overview on DonorsChoose.org, insight on current funding opportunities, and a chance to brainstorm innovative ideas. Learn how to break down larger projects into fundable grants, and how to keep your donors coming back with each new project. (View on Sched)



Thank you to our sponsors!

Big thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters for helping us make the 2017 WeTeach_CS Summit possible.


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WeTeach_CS Deep Dives

Deep Dives offers four 1.5 day PD strands

If the three days of the 2017 WeTeach_CS Summit (June 5-7) just doesn’t sound like enough CS professional development goodness for your tastes, then consider sticking around and taking part in WeTeach_CS Deep Dives (June 8-9). Deep Dive courses will include, a condensed version of our WeTeach_CS Certification Prep course, Bootstrap, Exploring Computer Science (ECS), and Project GUTS.

More information / Registration



Event Details

  • Type – Face-to-Face
  • Dates and Times – Monday-Wednesday, June 5-7, 2017, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Registration Deadline –  May 28, 2017
  • Location – UT-Austin Pickle Research Campus, Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78758   (Campus Map / Get Directions)
  • Eligible Attendees – Texas educators and administrators interested in computer science education in grades K-12.
  • Cost – $300 per participant
  • Certificates of Participation – Certificates stating 18 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits) earned will be sent electronically after the participant has completed the online course evaluation. Any questions about certificates should be directed toward the contact person listed on this page.

Accommodations and Transportation

All participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging arrangements and payments. These costs will be reimbursed by the Center for STEM Education at The University of Texas at Austin to non-WeTeach_CS Collaborative participants who attend the entire event. Lodging costs will be reimbursed at the state rate for those who live more than 60 miles from the event. Mileage will be reimbursed*, also at the state rate, as calculated by MapQuest using the shortest route option. Reimbursement forms will be provided electronically after the event.

*If you owe money to any State of Texas organization or entity, whatever amount you were to receive may be credited toward your debt. 

A copy of the Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exempt form is provided and should be printed and turned in to your hotel upon arrival. State hotel tax will not be reimbursed.

Hotel room block available here: Staybridge Suites-WeTeach-CS Summit Group!

Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Certificate (PDF)


Parking has been prepaid for participants of this event. Please download and print the Commons Building Prepaid Visitor Parking Permit (PDF) prior to arrival at the workshop. The guard will point you in the direction of the designated parking area. If you fail to bring this with you, parking will cost you $3/day.

Application / Registration


  • $100.00 per day for each participant.
  • $300.00 total per participant for this 3-day workshop.

Registration Notes

  •   Registration fees cover breakfast, lunch and training materials.
  •   Payments are due before this event.
  •   Refunds will not be issued for cancellations or those not in attendance.
  •   Event limited to 300 participants.

Payment Instructions

  • Participants can pay by credit card or check.
  • The registration confirmation email will contain all the necessary information you need to provide to your business offices regarding credit card payment records and check processing instructions.
  • Checks for registration need to be made out to The University of Texas at Austin. Please mail checks to the attention of Jeff Early, along with the printed registration confirmation email, to the following address:
    • Center for STEM Education
      1912 Speedway, D5500
      SZB 340
      Austin, TX 78712
      Attn: Jeff Early
  • Payment Questions? Please email Jeff Early with any payment questions you may have.

Online Registration Instructions

  • Click the registration button below to register your attendance.
  • You must complete all required fields.
  • You will be asked for your contact information, what subjects you are currently teaching.
  • If you have multiple people attending, please fill out this form for each person. You may need to quit and restart your browser to enter multiple people.
  • If you need technical help with the registration page, send an email to weteachcs@austin.utexas.edu.
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Carolina Cardenasccardenas@austin.utexas.edu

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