The inaugral WeTeach_CS Summit (June 7-9) will feature 6 General Sessions and 56 Breakout Sessions presented by an exciting lineup of national speakers and some amazing Texas educators. Today we begin spotlighting some of these sessions and presenters to show how WeTeach_CS Summit will address both integration of computational thinking and coding into core academics classes (K-12) as well as technology and computer science specific courses at the secondary level.
General Session – Tuesday, June 7, 3:30 PM
Expanding access to CS: Why and How
Despite the world-wide underrepresentation of women, at Harvey Mudd College 40% of CS majors are women. At UC Berkeley, the percentage of CS majors who are women has nearly doubled in the last 10 years. Professor Colleen Lewis has participated in designing, implementing, and evaluating diversity initiatives at both institutions. She will discuss how the interventions at each institution could be translated for use in K-12 to remove structural and cultural barriers to students’ access to CS.
More about Professor Lewis
Colleen Lewis, PhD, specializes in computer science education and curriculum development.
Lewis researches gender and diversity issues in CS education and how programming environment shapes perception, learning and goals. She studies attrition in introductory computer science courses; whether pair programming is more effective than other forms of collaboration for young students; and how students transfer non-programming knowledge when they learn computer programming.
Lewis teaches computer science courses as well as a seminar course on computer science education. She is active in computer science outreach activities at the K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels. Continue reading at hmc.edu
About WeTeach_CS Summit 2016
What: WeTeach_CS Summit
When: June 7-9, 2016
Where: UT Austin Pickle Research Campus
- Are you interested in opening up the world of coding, programming and computational thinking to your students?
- Are you looking for new ways to make learning meaningful, engaging and relevant to the world in which your students live?
- Do you want to help your “digital natives” to move beyond being consumers of technology and become creative and innovative technology producers?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, this inaugural WeTeach_CS Summit is for educators like YOU!
Best of all, through the support of TEA, every Texas educator, no matter how far they live from Austin, can afford to attend. The Center for STEM Education will reimburse travel and lodging costs for all Texas educator attendees!