The Computer Science (CS) for AZ Summit which took place Saturday, August 19th was both the latest in a series of meetings of Arizona stakeholders interested in CS education, and a kind of kick-off to a formalized advocacy and policy group: CS for AZ (csforaz.org).
CS for AZ is a state-level member group of the national CSforAll consortium (csforall.org).
CS for AZ members are helping draft state policies, K12 standards, and teacher certification pathways for teachers in support of computer science education for all Arizona students.
The driving force behind the CS for AZ summit is Janice Mak. Mak and Brian Nelson are co-chairs for CS for AZ. Mak (http://www.azascd.org/janice-mak.html) is a K12 CS teacher, Arizona Board of Education member, code.org teacher trainer, and president of the Arizona chapter of CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). Nelson is VP of the Arizona chapter of CSTA, and professor of educational technology with a joint appointment in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering.
The summit format and agenda were directly influenced by a CS Education workshop hosted by Google that Mak and Nelson attended in April. Both the CS for AZ and Google summit focused on tackling CS education from multiple perspectives: (a) equity, (b) government policy, (c) industry, and (d) teacher training.
- Michael Preston, Executive Director, CSNYC. Co-founder of CSforAll Consortium
- Jannie Fernandez, NCWIT K12 Alliance Manager, NCWIT
- Mo Fong, Director of Computer Science Education, Google Education
- Marina Theodotou, Director of Professional Development, CSTA
- Pat Yongpradit, Chief Academic Officer, Code.Org