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  • Blog Post: Holistic Education Transformation - Empower School Leaders with a Transformation Framework

    Education providers around the world are implored to modernize, reform, and rethink the nature of primary and secondary schooling so the education experience is more relevant for learners and better aligned to community needs. Sparking the natural curiosity of young people and enabling them to be successful...
  • Blog Post: Be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert - Apply by October 15th

    Would you like to join a visionary community of educators passionate about improving student outcomes through use of technology? At Microsoft, we believe that technology alone cannot build 21st century skills for students. We believe in the power of the educator, and the impact educators can have...
  • Blog Post: DigiGirlz Cambridge MA

    Last Friday Microsoft NERD ( New England Research and Development Center ) was pleased to host DigiGirlz Day for close to 300 high school girls from around Massachusetts and New Hampshire. About DigiGirlz Day During the event, students interact with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to...
  • Blog Post: Who Is In Charge

    I have to confess that I have not been doing a great job of keeping up with my blog reading lately.  I’ve been reading more books for pleasure lately. That’s been great in some respects but in others I feel like I am missing things. One post I almost missed was this one by Scott McLeod called Economically...
  • Blog Post: How do they know they are interested?

    Or more importantly how do students know that they are NOT interested in computer science? As I mentioned recently I had a conversation with Mike Zamansky from New York’s Stuyvesant High School about his program there. One of the key pieces of that program is a required computer science course for sophomores...
  • Blog Post: What I Learned @LAUSD Family Summit 2012: Estoy Aprendiendo Español

    On May 5, 2012, I joined with my Microsoft colleagues to support Los Angeles Unified School District for their Family Summit 2012.  This was amazing day to share about careers, entrepreneurship, and college. In the end, I walked away with some lessons learned for me. The LAUSD Family Summit 2012 was...
  • Blog Post: NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing 2012

    One of the ways that one can help young women with an interest in computing and related fields is to provide recognition for the world they have already been doing. One of the great programs in this regard is the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing . Along with the NCWIT awards listed below, a number...
  • Blog Post: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

    Received this from the CSTA Mailing list yesterday and thought it worth sharing. Do you know someone who is doing an outstanding job of mentoring or a mentoring program that is doing a great job with bringing underrepresented minorities into STEM fields? If so you may want to nominate them for the Presidential...
  • Blog Post: 2011 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

    Calling all digital divas, web chix & coder girls! It’s time to start thinking about the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing . This is a great program which I have been proud to promote though this blog for several years now. These awards honor young women who are active and interested...
  • Blog Post: Quantity Is Not Enough

    There is often a focus on quantity in our society. Let’s get more apps! Lets get more students taking the AP course! Lets get more [you name it]? Unfortunately this focus on quantity sometimes means that quality takes a back seat. I mean really how many fart apps do you need for your smart phone? Barb...
  • Blog Post: New Hampshire TechFest 2011

    Last Saturday I spend the day at Windham High School in Windham New Hampshire for the second annual NH TechFest . TechFest is a project  created by parents and others interested in making sure that students are exposed to information about STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) careers in...
  • Blog Post: Recognizing Teachers Who Recruit Women and Girls into STEM

    The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has opened nominations for the A. Richard Newton Educator Award to recognize educators who engage in new, innovative and successful practices and programs to attract more women and girls into STEM fields.  I really believe that finding, highlighting...
  • Blog Post: Mini-Grants for Collaborative Projects to Include Disabled Youth in CS

    Passing along this announcement from the CSTA Blast announcement list. Computer science has a lot of opportunity to help differently abled people but to maximize the value need to think about including them in the process. In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Computer Science...
  • Blog Post: Women In Computer Science–What Happened?

    Years ago, when I was a student at Taylor University (in what is now the Taylor Computer Science and Engineering department)  there were more women in computer science than there are today. The women did as well as the men under what I would call some challenges. Specifically they had a curfew ...