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TAG Workshop Planning Page

Notes from 2/12/2011 Meeting in Philadelphia

Tennessee Tech - Ambareen, Martha Seth - from high school in Florida Bob - from Poconos high school Rebecca Dovi - high school teacher in Richmond - president of csta central VA Rachna - assistant to Joanne Lecia Barker - recruiting Joanne Cohoon Luther - research with Jim Cohoon Teresa - high school Virginia Mel Jurist - UD Jim Cohoon

Ways to entice kids: one logic problem per day or week in teams in class.

tag workshops:

  • 30 participants
  • not focused on content
  • stepends to support teacher participants
  • provide high quality materials from ncwit and csta
  • focus is pedagogy - how to teach to reach a broad audience into class
  • professional development for high school teachers
  • housing on campus
  • $1000 stipend
  • issue certificate to teachers - attended prof develop and number of hours

Need to get financing for later workshops:

  • stipends for teachers
  • housing on campus for nonlocal teachers
  • special dinner together

It is not the goal to teach a new programming language or technical skills.

Speakers - speak to an audience that is interested but may not have undergrad degree in computer science

keynote speaker - what main message to give out? the future of computing and why important to society the speakers do it for free.

set of talking points for the speaker.

could be state it person. not a pr for the university.

ice breaker - use something from Bob. get them engaged. feel comfortable sharing thoughts with each other.

special topic in cs - faculty with good ability to communicate with the teachers. what might you do with the info in terms of assignments or examples in class.

cs unplugged - toward end of day. get up and do one of these as example.

evaluation - applying the ideas from workshop. being successful - enrollments up.

advice: * make as interactive as possible * include a dinner together that highlights something special about location – need to fund. * promote csta - create a chapter. join one.

packet for teachers: * ncwit resources for k-12 - free

  • csta posters and materials - free
  • how to advocate for computing
  • stats pamphlet on women's rep in computing

resources in print available:

  • from ncwit materials
  • promising practices
  • ncwit will ship boxes of materials
  • talking points on why girls should go into cs - for parents to talk to kids

pre-screen videos from csta especially organization is not focused on diversity so may not be sensitive to issues

make connections that it is for them too

hs teachers: not much on how to teach cs well at hs. most prof develop on learning content.

advertise nationally, but select with emphasize regionally.

taft - one set of workshops.

cs ap course - asking business people to teach.

lack of understanding of cs

no endorsement of cs in state certification

Lecia Barker - social scientist, ncwit.

July 25-27 workshop dates.

What does a cs major do? what is their life like?

why girls don't get interested in cs? Cultural belief: disconnect between feminine and technical stereotype threat: hinder performance need interest + expected positive outcome –> achievement activity choices

girls study cs when:

  • early positive experiences
  • adult encouragement
  • positive female role models
  • info about what computing professionals actually do

influencers of girls: family, friends, teachers, counselors

Forming messages that appeal to girls:

  • helping others
  • appeal to present beliefs, goals, values
  • consider competing goals
  • consider opposing viewpoints - boys talk down to the girls
  • guys like the guys club - competition for who's smart
  • have to make cool
  • avoid saying “if you are really good at math,… avoid implying you have to be a genius…


  • robots - saving lives, housecleaning, not just for competition, not just for fun

social relevance is important

test messages and images

* recruit friendship groups - athletes * don't depend on self selection * need good math scores to problem solve. be able to reason. * personally extend invitations * ask other teachers * send out letter to students who did well in first third of a course like 106.

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