This year’s WeTeach_CS Summit will be our biggest event yet, with over 90 (!!!) breakout sessions, general sessions featuring nationally recognized leaders in education and industry, exhibitor fair, and student playground. Register Now!


#CodeLikeAGirl – Strategies to Recruit and Support Females in K-12 Computing

Wednesday, June 20 • 8:15 AM

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.

Panel Members

Deborah Kariuki – Computer Science Instructor, Pflugerville ISD

Debi Pfitzenmaier – Executive Directo, Youth Code Jam

Joules Webb – Teacher/Co-Project Director, Medina Valley HS/OLLU WeTeach_CS Collaborative

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Infusing Equity, Access, and Inclusion in Computer Science Classrooms

Wednesday, June 20 • 9:30 AM

In this session, participants will explore how recruitment, curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom spaces can be made to be inviting towards girls, boys of color, and other underrepresented students in secondary computer science classrooms. Participants will learn about effective practices for broadening participation in computing, including an emphasis on culturally responsive teaching practices in the classroom. As an interactive session, participants will be immersed in and reflect on pedagogical practices and strategies that support CS for All students and lead to broadened participation in computing.

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About Joanna Goode, Ph.D.

Joanna GoodeAssociate Professor, Education Studies

College of Education, University of Oregon

Joanna Goode’s research examines issues of access and equity for underrepresented students of color and females in computer science education. For the past several years, she has studied the institutional and psychological reasons preventing many underrepresented youth from entering the computer science pipeline in high school. As a former urban high school mathematics and computer science teacher, Goode considers the relationship between teacher development and opportunities to learn for students. She continues to serve as the director of a program aimed at preparing and supporting the efforts of LAUSD computer science educators in diversifying the high school computing pipeline. Joanna Goode also examines the potential of GIS maps to be used as both a learning tool in the classroom and as a means of informing policymakers on educational issues.


About the 2018 WeTeach_CS Summit

The WeTeach_CS Summit 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.

WeTeach_CS Summit Registration Details

  • When – June 18-20, 2018 (Monday – Wednesday)
  • Where – Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center, Georgetown, TX (35mi north of Austin)
  • Cost – $400 per participant
  • Registration Deadline – June 11, 2018
  • Accommodations and Travel Reimbursement – Attendees may be eligible for reimbursement of travel and accommodations expenses. See registration page for details.
  • Hotel Room Block and Group Rate – A room block is available and a group rate is available until May 17, 2018. Subject to availability. See registration page for details.



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