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2016 Maryland Computing Education Summit

2016 Maryland Computing Education Summit

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the CS Matters in Maryland project and the Maryland State Department of Education jointly hosted a CE21-Maryland Summit for Computing Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) campus in Baltimore, Maryland. This event invited the attendance of teachers, administrators, legislators, industry leaders, and others who have an interest in expanding computer science in Maryland schools. UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski was the summit’s keynote speaker.

Schedule and Resources

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Time Session
8:30 — 9:00 AM Arrival/Registration

9:00 — 9:40 AM Welcome
Resources

9:40 — 10:25 AM
Session 1a: Maryland PreK-12 CS Framework (session repeats)
Tiara Booker-Dwyer, MSDE, Heather Lageman, MSDE, and Judy Walker, MSDE
Resources
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Session 1b: Diversity and Equity: Why is CS Education So Important?
Jan Plane, UMD, and Marie desJardins, UMBC
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Session 1c: High School CS Curriculum
Dianne O’Grady-Cunniff, Charles County Public Schools, and Jennifer Smith, Baltimore City Public Schools
Resources
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Session 1d: Project Lead the Way Launch Program (K-5)
Karen Parisi, PLTW, and Anne Spence, PLTW
Resources

10:35 — 11:15 AM
Session 2a: CodeStudio and Other P-5 CS Resources
Dianne O’Grady-Cunniff, Charles County Public Schools, with Code Affiliate Trainers
Resources
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Session 2b: CS Teacher Preparation (Pre- and In-Service Pathways and Certification)
Sarah Spross, MSDE, Nina Roa, MSDE, and Danielle Clinton-Williams, MSDE
Resources

11:25 — 12:10 PM
Session 3a: Undergraduates Speak Out: CS Student Panel
Marie desJardins, UMBC, and Crystal Diaz, UMBC
Student Panel: Samatha Turskey (Senior ‘16), Sarah Heiner (CMSC ’19), Beatrice Garcia (CMSC ’16), Haley Sweeton (IS ’16), and Kiante Brantley (CMSC ’15)
Resources
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Session 3b: CS Professional Development for In-Service Teachers
Joe Greenawalt, Charles County Public Schools , Pat Mikos, MSDE, and Anne Spence, PLTW
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Session 3c: Industry Resources for CS Education
Tiara Booker-Dwyer, MSDE, Raquel Marshall, NASA, Cristal Jones, NASA, and Emma Antunes, NASA
Resources
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Session 3d: Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology (Middle School) and Computer Science (High School)
Anne Spence, PLTW
Resources

12:20 — 1:20 PM Lunch and Keynote Address: UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

1:30 — 2:00 PM “Unsession” Working Discussions
Marie desJardins, UMBC, Jennifer Smith, Baltimore City Public Schools, Dianne O’Grady-Cunniff, Charles County Public Schools , and Joe Greenawalt, Charles County Public Schools
Resources

2:10 — 2:55 PM
Session 4a: Computing After PreK-12: Higher Education and Careers in Computing
Marie desJardins, UMBC, and Jan Plane, UMD
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Session 4b: Maryland PreK-12 Computer Science Framework and Instructional Resources (session repeated)
Tiara Booker-Dwyer, MSDE, Heather Lageman, MSDE, and Judy Walker, MSDE
Resources
OR
Session 4c: CS Matters in Maryland: AP CS Principles
Joe Greenawalt, Charles County Public Schools, Dianne O’Grady-Cunniff, Charles County Public Schools, and Jennifer Smith, Baltimore City Public Schools
Resources
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Session 4d: CS Outside of School
Jan Plane, UMD
Resources

3:00 — 3:30 PM Wrap-Up Plenary
Resources

3:30 — 4:30 PM Reception and Community Conversation

Keynote Speaker: Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Portrait of Freeman A. Hrabowski, IIIFreeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He also was named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

In 2008, he was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UMBC the nation’s #1 “Up and Coming” university for six years (2009-14). In 2015, U.S. News ranked UMBC fourth on a newly created list of the nation’s “most innovative” national universities. For the past seven years, U.S. News also consistently ranked UMBC among the nation’s leading institutions for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” – in 2015, other universities on the list included Princeton, Brown, Stanford, and Yale.   TIME magazine named him one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents in 2009, and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012.  In 2011, he received both the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award, recognized by many as the nation’s highest awards among higher education leaders.  Also in 2011, he was named one of seven Top American Leaders by The Washington Post and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.  In 2012, he received the Heinz Award for his contributions to improving the “Human Condition” and was among the inaugural inductees into the U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions Leadership Hall of Fame.

He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally. He also serves on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, France-Merrick Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation (Chair), T. Rowe Price Group, The Urban Institute, McCormick & Company, and the Baltimore Equitable Society.  He served previously on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Maryland Humanities Council (member and Chair).

Examples of other honors include election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; receiving the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education, the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, the Columbia University Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service, the GE African American Forum ICON Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Educational Research Association’s Distinguished Public Service Award, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) William D. Carey Award; being named a Fellow of the AAAS, Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) by the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference, Educator of the Year by the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC, and Marylander of the Year by the editors of the Baltimore Sun; and being listed among Fast Company magazine’s first Fast 50 Champions of Innovation in business and technology, and receiving the Technology Council of Maryland’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He also holds honorary degrees from more than 20 institutions – from Harvard, Princeton, and Duke to the University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Haverford College, and Harvey Mudd College.

With philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff, he co-founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program in 1988. The program is open to all high-achieving students committed to pursuing advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering, and advancing underrepresented minorities in these fields. The program is recognized as a national model, and based on program outcomes, Hrabowski has authored numerous articles and co-authored two books, Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds (Oxford University Press), focusing on parenting and high-achieving African American males and females in science. His most recent book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement (Beacon Press, 2015), describes the events and experiences that played a central role in his development as an educator and leader. He and UMBC were recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, attracting national attention for the campus’s achievements involving innovation and inclusive excellence.

A child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary, Four Little Girls, on the racially motivated bombing in 1963 of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Born in 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, Hrabowski graduated from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. He received his M.A. (mathematics) and Ph.D. (higher education administration/statistics) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Welcome Session Opening Remarks

Jack R. Smith, Ph.D.
Maryland Interim State Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Jack R. Smith became Interim State Superintendent of Schools and Secretary-Treasurer of the State Board on September 14, 2015. He joined the Maryland State Department of Education as Chief Academic Officer to lead the Office of Teaching and Learning in August 2013.

Dr. Smith’s focus has been on working closely with local school systems; parent, business, advocacy and other stakeholder groups; teacher associations; institutes of higher education; and state and federal governments to ensure that high quality teaching and learning occur in Maryland public schools. The goal is to provide all students, regardless of their learning needs, race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status, with options and choices upon graduation.

Dr. Smith joined MSDE from Calvert County, Maryland, where he served as superintendent for seven years and was named the 2013 Maryland Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Smith previously served as Deputy Superintendent, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and middle school principal. He started his career as a teacher in Richland, Washington, and has held leadership positions in Japan and Thailand.

Dr. Smith received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Eastern Washington University and his Doctorate in Instructional Leadership from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Contact

For more information, please contact us at csmattersinmaryland@gmail.com or ce21maryland@umbc.edu.