WeTeach_CS Summit 2019
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 300 CS champions will be in attendance.
Registration is open for both attendees and exhibitors!
A limited Room Block at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center is available for $103 USD per night. Last day to book: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Plenary Session Speakers
Kyla has always dreamed of being an influential figure in the field of STEM while inspiring others to do the same. Starting her tech-journey at the age of 7 by learning Scratch, Web Design, and Lego Mindstorms, Kyla instantly grew a curiosity to explore the possibilities with technology. However, it wasn’t until the summer before freshman year that Kyla discovered her passion for cybersecurity, fascinated by the task of protecting our future Internet of Things and our massive loads of data. With this discovery, she also learned how 90% of cyber-attacks on national infrastructure were due to human error, a problem, she felt, future generations could not be burdened with. To combat this, Kyla founded Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education in her freshman year of high school, a company that now sustains over 20 national partnerships with school districts, nonprofit organizations, education-based organizations like Discovery Ed., and United States Congressman. Kyla travels for public speaking and writes for her own blog on topics including social engineering, data privacy, malware, and password protection. For all her work, Kyla has been nationally recognized by Stanford University’s She++ #include program as a 2017 fellow, awarded the Prudential Spirit of the Community Award from Prudential, and, most recently, distinguished as a Global Teen Leader under the Three Dot Dash We Are Family Foundation. Additionally, Kyla recently published a chapter about student entrepreneurship with Rowman and Littlefield, as a contribution to a larger book, Student Voice: from Invisible to Invaluable by superintendents Dr. Michael Lubelfeld, Mr. Nick Polyak, and Mr. PJ Caposey.
At a time when computing is so much a part of all of our lives, has incredible job opportunities, and is so empowering, most students graduate high school without having had an introduction to computer science. A decade ago in the United States, the CSforALL movement was launched to broaden participation in computing to those traditionally underrepresented. This talk reflects on the current state of that initiative and introduces the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" course, which has received worldwide attention and currently has 65% female enrollment at UC Berkeley, among the highest in the nation.
Dan Garcia (UC Berkeley MS 1995, Ph.D. 2000) is a Teaching Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley. Selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012, he has won all four of the department's computer science teaching awards and holds the record for the highest teaching effectiveness ratings (6.7/7) in the history of the department's introductory courses. He is a national leader in the "CSforALL" movement, bringing engaging computer science to students normally underrepresented in the field. Thanks to four National Science Foundation grants, the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" non-majors course he co-developed has been shared with over 500 high school teachers. He is delighted to regularly have more than 50% female enrollment in BJC, with a high mark of 65% in the Spring of 2018, shattering the record at UC Berkeley for an intro computing course, and is among the highest in the nation!
I am an Associate Professor in the Computer Science faculty at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras and thereby fulfilling two lifelong and one unexpected midlife dreams - living in a Spanish speaking country, having the opportunity to make a greater difference in the world, and becoming a professor. My research interests are in applying machine learning, data mining, and visualization to multivariate time series analysis, specifically to large repositories of clinical data. There are so many techniques that have been applied to financial and marketing data that can make a significant impact to improve the way medicine is practiced today. Through collaboration among computational scientists, medical professionals, and others, tools can be developed to create clinical decision support systems so that medical providers make better diagnosis and treatment plans by learning from the experience of previous providers who have had similar patients. I founded the Symposium of Health Informatics for Latin America and the Caribbean as a major step in addressing that objective through international collaboration. I am passionate about making quality health and education accessible to all. I am also passionate about diversifying the field of computer science and thereby am active in mentoring and developing mentoring communities at the high school level, college and graduate school level, and in creating assistive technologies for programming and communication so that computer science is for all.
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WeTeach_CS Summit 2018
Last year over 400 educators, student ambassadors, industry partners, exhibitors, and cs leaders attended our 3rd annual event. Click the link below for more details on what went on and get a taste for what this year's summit will be like.