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Practical Methods for Integrating Computer Science into Core Curriculum

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Research conducted by the EdWeek Research Center and commissioned by curriculum provider Learning.com finds that most K-12 educators believe that the most effective way to teach computer science is to infuse it into the core curriculum for all subjects. Yet this approach is not currently employed by most K-12 educators.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Insightful Research Overview: Delve into the EdWeek Research Center’s findings, shedding light on educators’ perspectives and preferences regarding computer science integration.
  • Expert Tips from a Panel: Gain practical advice from a panel of experts on effectively infusing computer science skills into everyday instruction at all grade levels.
  • Transform Your Classroom: Explore actionable strategies to bring the exciting world of computer science into every corner of your curriculum, fostering a dynamic and future-ready learning environment.
Speakers
Veronica Catete
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 
Dr. Veronica Cateté is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NC State University. She joined the department in April 2018 as a Research Scientist in the Center for Educational Informatics after earning her B.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from NC State University and her M.S. in Computer Science from UNC Charlotte. Dr. Cateté was a Microsoft Research Scholar and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She received back-to-back Best Paper awards at the international conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (2016, 2017) for her dissertation work and has also earned Best Paper awards at the ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (2022) and Foundations of Digital Games Conference (2014).

Her specialty is in K-12 Computer Science Education and her research lies at the intersection of Computer Science frontiers and the Learning Sciences. Dr. Cateté's research primarily focuses on enabling broader participation in computing by teachers, students, and other community stakeholders. Her research explores curriculum for instructor influence, student ownership, collaboration, and creativity, scaffolding designs, and extension activities for advanced learners.
Michael Nagler
Superintendent Mineola School District
Michael is the Superintendent of the Mineola School District, a suburb of NYC. Mike began his career as a social studies teacher in NYC. While teaching he earned his doctorate from Columbia University and accepted an administrative position with Mineola in 1999.

He believes strongly in the district’s mission to inspire students to become lifelong learners that exhibit strength of character and contribute positively to a global society. During his twenty three years with the district, he has been a big proponent of using technology to engage students in rigorous content. All five schools in Mineola have been recognized as Apple distinguished schools. Mineola is also a member of the League of Innovative Schools, Dr. Nagler is the Chairperson of the Advisory Board.

Mineola was one of the first schools in the State to implement a comprehensive computer science curriculum starting in kindergarten. Mineola is also at the forefront of digital student portfolios. Dr. Nagler recently utilized the Districts coding platform to create his own digital portfolio. http://michaelnagler.oyosite.com

Dr. Nagler was the 2020 New York State Superintendent of the Year and was a Finalist for the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year. He recent published a book entitled: The Design Thinking, Entrepreneurial, Visionary Planning Leader- a Practical Guide for Thriving in Ambiguity
Gordon Smith
VP Product Strategy, Learning.com
Gordon Smith has been an education entrepreneur for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Learning.com as vice president of product strategy in 2023, he co-founded Codesters, a web-based coding curriculum that teaches the Python coding language to 8th through 12th graders. He also created a tutoring company that provides in-person and online support to help students overcome barriers to learning.
Moderators
Holly Kurtz
Director EdWeek Research Center
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