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CSforAll Summit 2017 Announcement

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Seriously, y’all. I can’t even.

I am so honoured to have been invited to speak at the upcoming CSforAll Summit 2017 at Washington University in St. Louis, MO on October 17, 2017! What is the CSforAll Summit? From their website:

The CSforALL Summit 2017 is designed to amplify the work of stakeholders engaged in building K-12 computer science education for the US, both in and out of school, and will include an in-person audience of carefully selected school district delegations, commitment-makers, and community leaders.

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Here are the details:

I will be speaking on a panel with Dave Frye, Paige Prescott, and Rebecca Dovi about Implementing CSforAll in Rural Communities. Specifically, we will be discussing initiatives to improve access to Computer Science professional development for schools and districts in rural communities. We will explore some of the challenges to bringing CSforAll to rural schools across America, while also unpacking the unique strengths, assets, and solutions that rural locales bring to the table. We will also provide a call to action for how you (and your company / organization) can help truly bring CSforAll to all students in a way that provides equity of access and opportunity across geography.

Our Implementing CS for All in Rural Communities panel will speak from 2:48 – 3:19 PM (CST) on Tuesday, October 17th. There will be a full day of other amazing panels, speakers, commitments, etc. (see the full agenda here). Be sure to login to the livestream to participate in the festivities at

Personally, I’ll be sharing the story of the work we have done with the ESC-18 WeTeach_CS Collaboratives in West Texas — a professional development program that (over the last two years) has helped 40 West Texas educators become immersed in computer science and computational thinking with an aim toward adding a Computer Science endorsement to their teaching certificate while also implementing a new CS program, course, club, or team in their schools.

The ESC-18 WeTeach_CS Collaborative program was envisioned, funded, and championed by the WeTeach_CS organization at the Center for STEM Education at the University of Texas at Austin, undertaken and enhanced by teachers from 20 different districts across West Texas, and orchestrated and implemented by Amy Hoelscher, Cathe Henderson, and myself at Region 18 Education Service Center.

Additionally, the ESC-18 WeTeach_CS Collaborative program has been supported by partnerships with local universities (the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Sul Ross State University) and businesses, such as Texas Instruments. TI has played a critical role in the success of our program; through their fund matching, technology donations, coding resources, and CS professional development, they have helped the teachers in our programs learn critical CS content and processes, while also equipping teachers to lead similar CS learning experiences with their students with technology they already have in their classrooms. Toni Norrell has been a devoted advocate and champion for CSforAll of Texas through her work with Texas Instruments and CS Collaboratives across the state.

I will blog more after the event with a post related to our panel discussion, but just wanted to share here a brief overview of the critical work that many educators across West Texas (and the larger Texas community) have been involved with over the last few years. I am so honoured to bring a sliver of this story and perspective to the national stage.

Additionally, I am so honoured to be sharing the stage with so many wonderful shakers, movers, innovators, and thought leaders in the national Computer Science education landscape, including:

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Check out the full list of speakers here.

Join the CSforAll conversation on Twitter and via the livestream.

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  • Way to go, Michelle! You rock! Everything that is coming to fruition in our district started because of your dedication to spread CS in Region 18! We are so lucky to have you!

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