About the 2018 WeTeach_CS Summit – June 18-20
Registration Opens Wednesday, March 28
The 2018 WeTeach_CS Summit (June 18-20) is a 3-day event which educates, empowers, and inspires K-12 CS teachers, advocates, administrators, professional development providers, university instructors, and policy-makers to advance the goal of CS for All in Texas and beyond. This year’s Summit will be held on the shores of the San Gabriel River at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center in Georgetown, TX, just outside of Austin. Approximately 450 CS champions will be in attendance.
Along with inspiring and informative general sessions and breakout sessions suitable for both new and experienced CS teachers, the 2018 WeTeach_CS Summit will also feature the announcement of the 2018 WeTeach_CS Change Maker Award winners and Mini-Grant recipients, Student Playground, Exhibitor Fair, Device Petting Zoo, and a special session with Sean Riley, a UT graduate student in the Butler School of Music, who 3-D printed his own violin!
2018 WeTeach_CS Summit Confirmed Speakers
No Fear CS: Challenging the Status Quo to Advance CSforAll
Kamau Bobb, Ph.D. / kamaubobb.com
Senior Director, Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech
Access to STEM education is access to power. Dr. Kamau Bobb, founding Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech University, will share his perspective on the role that K-16 educators, administrators, professional development providers and policy-makers can play to move beyond viewing STEM/CS education simply as a route to employment in the tech sector but as a tool for empowerment, particularly for students of color.
Innovative Technologies and their potential in Education
Mike Belcher / View/Download Bio
Director EdTech Innovation, HP Inc.
New Technologies are coming at us at an almost unthinkable rate and can be so confusing as to how we begin to plan for them in our educational systems. Mike Belcher, Director od EdTech Innovation at HP, Inc will share some of the most innovative technologies planned or releasing in the coming years and discuss the potential impacts of Xr (Virtual, Augmented and Blended Reality), Immersive computing, AI and 3D Printing on the private sector as well as k12 and Higher Education.
Technology by Artists, Musicians and Dancers
Dylan Ryder / dylanmryder.wordpress.com
Educational Technologist at The School at Columbia University
Computing and technology has long held a place with pioneering artists and performers, though most of us art world outsiders might be surprised to hear that. Discover some of the exciting work of prominent “creative technology” artists of the past and present, and discuss strategies for engaging your fellow teachers and students in computational New Media Art activities.
#CodeLikeAGirl – Strategies to Recruit and Support Females in K-12 Computing
Joanna Goode, Ph.D. / Faculty Bio
Associate Professor, Education Studies, College of Education, University of Oregon
Texas has seen an impressive increase in the number of Black, Latino, and low income students who are taking computer science in high school. Unfortunately, the percent of females in high school courses has actually decreased since 2011-12. Improving female representation will take a purposeful and strategic commitment from all levels of K-12 education. In this session, Dr. Joanna Goode moderates a panel of K-12 formal and informal educators who have found success in engaging more females in computing experiences in K-12. Learn from their experiences and bring your questions to take home proven strategies for impacting diversity in your CS program.
James Walter Doyle / DonorsChoose.org
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.
Thank you to Oracle Academy and Texas Instruments, our 2018 WeTeach_CS Change Maker Awards and Mini-Grants Sponsors!