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In collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education, Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), and CS4GA, the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech (Constellations) is hosting the inaugural Constellations Virtual Computer Science Professional Development Summit.

The conference will virtually take place June 15-17, 2020 and is open to educators at all levels. For full session descriptions, please visit www.constellationspd.cc.gatech.edu.

In light of recent events that have exposed racial injustices, we join the calls for justice to end the structural racism that continues to plague communities all across our nation. We believe we must push forward together for change. We continue to aim toward a more just America and equitable opportunities within the American education system. Our goals for the summit remain the same -- to support and care for our teachers in the best way possible and build a compassionate and unified community of educators who are the central figures for the youth of our nation. 
 
With increased sensitivity and concerns due to the current global pandemic and calls for justice, our objective is to simply move forward together as one and continue supporting our educators with quality opportunities for professional growth. The summit aims to:

  1. Provide support and resources for educators whether they are experienced or new to computing
  2. Provide information and resources for educators to begin or strengthen their computer science program.

Please note that some sessions will feature physical computing devices. You may attend those sessions with or without the computing device. If you have the featured device you will be able to follow along and learn how to use and program the device. Instructions for how to purchase those items can be found here. We recommend purchasing the items by June 1 to allow time for shipping.

This event is organized by The Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech, Georgia Department of Education, Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), and CS4GA. 

Schedule

· Stage
Monday Welcome and Announcements
Lien Diaz Allie McFadden
· Stage
Fireside Chat: Advancing CS Education In A Time of Crisis with Lien Diaz, Bryan Cox, and Jake Baskin
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox Jake Baskin Allie McFadden
· Stage
15 Minute Break! The next sessions start promptly at 10:00 AM ET
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Sessions
Interactive Ebooks for AP CS Principles and AP CSA (Grades 9-12)
Barbara Ericson
· Sessions
Automatic Assessment and OER Python Practice (Grades 6-12)
Hyrum Carroll Hillary  Fleenor
· Sessions
From Computational Thinking to Computer Science (Grades K-5)
Meg Ray Kelly Powers
· Sessions
Write Your First AI Program in 10 Minutes (Grades K-12)
David Touretzky
· Stage
15 Minute Break! Return to the Main Stage at 11:30 AM ET
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Stage
Meet Theresa Yarbough, President, CSTA GA Chapter
Lien Diaz Theresa Yarbough
· Stage
Esports as Trojan Horse for STEM and Workforce Development, Tod Harris, Founder & CEO of Skillshot Media
Lien Diaz Todd Harris
· Stage
Lunch and Learn: Grab your lunch and return to the main stage for special guest speaker Kamau Bobb starting at 12:45 PM ET
Lien Diaz
· Stage
A Discussion with Kamau Bobb, Sr. Director at Constellations and Global Lead, Diversity Strategy and Research at Google
Lien Diaz
· Sessions
AP Computer Science Principles in 75 minutes (Grades 9-12)
Owen Astrachan
· Sessions
Project-based Learning with Scratch (Grades K-5)
Jared O'Leary
· Sessions
Driving The Move to Text: Coding in Middle School with Tynker (Grades 6-8)
David Lockhart
· Sessions
Using Coding to Explore Algebra and Geometry with TI84 and TINSpire (Grades 6-12)
Curtis Brown Beth Smith
· Stage
15 minute break! Join us for some great panel sessions starting promptly at 2:45 PM. Check the schedule to select which panel to attend!
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Sessions
Panel: Black and Latina Girls in Georgia: Removing Barriers to Computer Science Education
Phylicia Thompson Kathaleena Monds Sabrina Gomez
· Sessions
Panel: Learning CS and Pre-Calculus Together
Craig Sapp Mark Guzdial Brandon Murry Tamara Pearson
· Stage
15 Minute Break! The next sessions start promptly at 4:00 PM ET
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Sessions
Bring Computer Science and Computational Thinking to Life for WeDo 2 (Grades K-5)
Leanna Prater
· Sessions
Creating Abstractions to Develop and Modify Programs (9-12)
Richard Kick
· Sessions
Introduction to Programming & Problem Solving using Python (Grades 6-12)
Shamim Khan
· Stage
Announcements/Adjourn
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Networking
Building Community and Networking
· Stage
Tuesday Welcome and Announcements
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Stage
Broadening Participation in Computing and Teacher Credentialing: An Interview with Jamie Payton and Lauren Margulieux
Lauren Margulieux Jamie Payton Lien Diaz
· Stage
15 Minute Break! The next sessions start promptly at 10:00 AM ET
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Sessions
Command Line Hacking (Grades 9-12)
Brandon Murry
· Sessions
Activities that Integrate Computing to Solve Problems in other Disciplines (Grades 6-12)
Lauren Margulieux
· Sessions
Artificial Intelligence is Elementary! (Grades K-5)
April DeGennaro
· Sessions
No fear, Marty the Robot is here! (Grades K-12)
Jennifer Roeder Myles Bax
· Stage
15 Minute Break! Return to the Main Stage at 11:30 AM ET
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Stage
Panel: We Survived! Honest Reflections And Next Steps From First Year CS Teachers
LaShawne Long Myles David Guy Terry Foster
· Stage
Lunch and Learn: Grab your lunch and return to the main stage for special guest speaker Dr. Caitlin Dooley starting at 12:45 PM ET
Bryan Cox
· Stage
Guest Speaker: Computer Science is a New (and Essential) Literacy, Caitlin Dooley, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, GA Department of Education
Bryan Cox Caitlin Dooley
· Sessions
Merge: Utilizing AR for 21st Century & Remote Learning (K-12)
Nick Nanan Jennifer Roeder
· Sessions
Micro:bit Computer Science in 4th and 5th Grade (Grades K-5)
Katie Henry
· Sessions
Information Hiding Using Least Significant Bit Steganography (Grades 6-12)
Yesem Kurt Peker
· Sessions
Increase Interactivity with Simple GUI Projects (Grades 9-12)
Cody Henrichsen
· Stage
15 Minute Break! Join us for some great panel sessions starting promptly at 2:45 PM ET. Check the schedule to select which panel to attend!
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Sessions
Panel: Culturally Responsive/Relevant Pedagogy and Instruction in the CS Classroom
Michelle G. Lee (she/her) Charity Freeman Shana V. White (she/her)
· Sessions
Panel: Why should Artificial Intelligence be part of Georgia's CS courses?
Vicky Sedgwick (she/her) Jared Amalong David Touretzky Kelly Powers
· Stage
15 Minute Break! The next sessions start promptly at 4:00 PM ET
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Sessions
Integrating CS Using Hands-On Learning with MantisEdu (K-12)
Laron Walker
· Sessions
Content Support in the Classroom for Teachers (Grades 9-12)
Tracey Wilson
· Sessions
Getting into Git (Grades 6-12)
Brandon Murry
· Sessions
TEST:LARON
Laron Walker
· Stage
Announcements/Adjourn
Bryan Cox Lien Diaz
· Networking
Building Community and Networking
· Stage
Welcome & Announcements
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Stage
Empowering Stakeholders To Make CS Education a Priority: Jannie Fernandez, Jeremy Keeshin, and Hal Speed
Jannie  Fernandez Lien Diaz Jeremy Keeshin Hal Speed
· Stage
15 Minute Break! The next sessions start promptly at 10:00 AM ET
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Sessions
The Sound of Java (Grades K-12)
Marekus Fluellen
· Sessions
The CodeHS Georgia High School Pathway (Grades 9-12)
Jennifer Campbell Evelyn Hunter
· Sessions
Get your Students Excited about Computer Science using Robotics (Grades 6-12)
Kelly Reddin
· Sessions
Even Littles Can Code: Coding for K-2 with Tynker (Grades K-5)
David Lockhart Linda Kurtz
· Stage
15 Minute Break! Return to the Main Stage at 11:30 AM ET
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Stage
Panel: Building Workforce Ready Students
Jordan Mroziak Stacey Rivers Laron Walker Trice Johnson Bryan Cox
· Stage
Lunch and Learn: Grab your lunch and return for special guest speaker Jeff Forbes starting at 12:45 PM ET
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Stage
An Interview with Jeff Forbes, Program Director, Education and Workforce, National Science Foundation
Lien Diaz Jeff Forbes
· Sessions
ArRay, A Drop Of Golden Sum...And Then Some (Grades 9-12)
Sababu Barashango
· Sessions
The CodeHS Georgia Middle School Pathway (Grades 6-8)
Jennifer Campbell Evelyn Hunter
· Sessions
Getting Started with Sphero (Grades K-8)
Jeremy Macdonald
· Sessions
Coding is Creation: Using Code to Drive Creation in Elementary School with Tynker (Grades 3-5)
David Lockhart VICTOR HICKS
· Stage
15 Minute Break! Join us for some great panel sessions starting promptly at 2:45 PM ET. Check the schedule to select which panel to attend!
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Sessions
Panel: Ideas from NC: #IAmCS, Teacher PD, Open Source and Artificial Intelligence
Tiffany Barnes Aria Chernik Charlotte Dungan Dr. Mary Hemphill
· Sessions
Panel: Oh, And By the Way...Be Secure
Sean  Middleton Ashley Gess Michael Nowatkowski
· Stage
15 Minute Break! The next sessions start promptly at 4:00 PM ET
Lien Diaz Bryan Cox
· Sessions
Change the World with Python and the UN Sustainable Development Goals with Tynker (Grades 9-12)
David Lockhart Vidya Mandyam
· Sessions
Micro:bit: Computer Science for Middle School Teachers (Grades 6-8)
Katie Henry
· Sessions
STEAM Centered with Promethean (Grades K-5)
Matt Barfield
· Stage
Announcements and Adjourn
Bryan Cox Lien Diaz

Speakers

David Guy
David Guy

Math and Computer Science Teacher, Maynard Jackson High School, Atlanta Public Schools

Myles Bax
Myles Bax

Innovation Development, Robotical Ltd

Jeremy Macdonald
Jeremy Macdonald

Sr. Education and Training Manager, Sphero Edu

Jannie  Fernandez
Jannie Fernandez

Director, K-12 Alliance and TECHNOLOchicas, NCWIT

Sabrina Gomez
Sabrina Gomez

Founder and Principal Consultant, STEM Higher

Brandon Murry
Brandon Murry

Computer Science and Math Teacher, Fayette County High School

Aria Chernik
Aria Chernik

Duke University, Associate Professor of the Practice

Phylicia Thompson
Phylicia Thompson

Doctoral Student, Georgia State University, College of Education and Human Development Educational Policy Studies

Jared O'Leary
Jared O'Leary

BootUp PD, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development

Barbara Ericson
Barbara Ericson

University of Michigan, Assistant Professor

Ashley Gess
Ashley Gess

Assistant Professor of STEM and STEAM Education, Augusta University School of Education

Richard Kick
Richard Kick

Math and Computer Science Teacher, Newbury Park High School, CA

Allie McFadden
Allie McFadden

Constellations, Communications Officer, Georgia Tech

Curtis Brown
Curtis Brown

Math Specialist, Texas Instruments

Terry Foster
Terry Foster

Constellations Fellow, Georgia Tech

David Touretzky
David Touretzky

Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Shamim Khan
Shamim Khan

Computer Science Professor, Interim Chair of the School of Computer Science, Columbus State University

Jamie Payton
Jamie Payton

Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University

Jared Amalong
Jared Amalong

Information and Communication Technologies Coordinator, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA

Jennifer Campbell
Jennifer Campbell

Curriculum Developer, CodeHS

Hillary  Fleenor
Hillary Fleenor

Lecturer TSYS School of Computer Science, Director Academic Center for Tutoring, Columbus Sate University

Kathaleena Monds
Kathaleena Monds

Director, Center for Educational Opportunity, Albany State University

Kelly Reddin
Kelly Reddin

Global Master Trainer & Solutions Engineer, LEGO Education

Jennifer Roeder
Jennifer Roeder

ProLogic ITS, Education/Special Education K-5

Lien Diaz
Lien Diaz

Constellations Director, Ed Innovation and Leadership

Leanna Prater
Leanna Prater

Solution Engineer, LEGO Education

Tiffany Barnes
Tiffany Barnes

North Carolina State University, Professor of Computer Science

Lauren Margulieux
Lauren Margulieux

Georgia State University, Professor

Craig Sapp
Craig Sapp

AP Computer Science & AP Statistics, Georgia Virtual Schools

Michelle G. Lee (she/her)
Michelle G. Lee (she/her)

CSTA Equity Fellow & CS Instructional Specialist, San Francisco Unified School District

Yolanda Payne
Yolanda Payne

Constellations Fellow, Georgia Tech

April DeGennaro
April DeGennaro

Peeples Elementary School, Teacher

Kelly Powers
Kelly Powers

Cornell Tech, Teacher in Residence, CS & Computational Thinking Coach, K-12

Sababu Barashango
Sababu Barashango

Constellations Fellow, Georgia Tech

Dr. Mary Hemphill
Dr. Mary Hemphill

NC Director of K-12 Computer Science, NC Department of Public Instruction

Tracey Wilson
Tracey Wilson

Regional Manager, Microsoft's TEALS Program

Tamara Pearson
Tamara Pearson

Associate Director of School & Community Engagement, CEISMC, Georgia Tech

Evelyn Hunter
Evelyn Hunter

CodeHS Director of Curriculum

Theresa Yarbough
Theresa Yarbough

President, Georgia CSTA Chapter

Yesem Kurt Peker
Yesem Kurt Peker

Associate Professor at the TSYS School of Computer Science, Columbus State University

Hal Speed
Hal Speed

Chief of Global Engagement, Micro:bit Educational Foundation

Jeremy Keeshin
Jeremy Keeshin

CEO and Co-founder, CodeHS

Bryan Cox
Bryan Cox

Computer Science Program Specialist, Georgia DOE

Jake Baskin
Jake Baskin

Executive Director, Computer Science Teachers Association

Todd Harris
Todd Harris

Founder & CEO of Skillshot Media

Jeff Forbes
Jeff Forbes

Program Director, Education and Workforce, National Science Foundation

Vidya Mandyam
Vidya Mandyam

Director of Content Development, Tynker

Charity Freeman
Charity Freeman

CSTA Equity Fellow & Computer Science Teacher, Kenwood Academy High School, Chicago, IL

Meg Ray
Meg Ray

CS education consultant, Founding Teacher in Residence,Cornell Tech

VICTOR HICKS
VICTOR HICKS

Teacher, The Kindezi School at Old Fourth Ward

Hyrum Carroll
Hyrum Carroll

Associate Professor, TSYS School of Computer Science, Columbus State University

Caitlin Dooley
Caitlin Dooley

Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Georgia Department of Education

Mark Guzdial
Mark Guzdial

Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Engineering Education Research, University of Michigan

Linda Kurtz
Linda Kurtz

Teacher, Sope Creek Elementary

Owen Astrachan
Owen Astrachan

Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Duke University

Matt Barfield
Matt Barfield

Promethean Inc, Education Consultant

David Lockhart
David Lockhart

Educator Support Coach, Tynker

Shana V. White (she/her)
Shana V. White (she/her)

CSTA Equity Fellow & Teacher (Computer Science and Health), Atlanta, GA

Cody Henrichsen
Cody Henrichsen

Canyons Technical Education Center, Computer Science Instructor

Michael Nowatkowski
Michael Nowatkowski

Associate Professor, School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, Augusta University

LaShawne Long Myles
LaShawne Long Myles

Math and Computer Science Teacher, North Atlanta High School, Atlanta Public Schools

Vicky Sedgwick (she/her)
Vicky Sedgwick (she/her)

Laurence School, Computer Science Teacher

Katie Henry
Katie Henry

Head of Partner Engagement, Micro:bit Educational Foundation

Charlotte Dungan
Charlotte Dungan

AI Program Architect, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC.

Jordan Mroziak
Jordan Mroziak

Director, Community Outreach, CREATE Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

Sean  Middleton
Sean Middleton

Director, Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education, Burke County Public Schools

Stacey Rivers
Stacey Rivers

Director of Tech Human Capital Management, WarnerMedia

Laron Walker
Laron Walker

CEO, MantisEDU, Inc.

Trice Johnson
Trice Johnson

Global Director, Data & AI Industry Strategy, Microsoft

Beth Smith
Beth Smith

Educational Technology Consultant, Texas Instruments

Nick Nanan
Nick Nanan

Channel Manager, Merge Labs

Marekus Fluellen
Marekus Fluellen

Mathematics, Computer Science, and Music Tech Teacher, Frederick Douglass High School, Atlanta Public Schools

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