The 8th CCSC Southwest Region Conference

March 27-28, 2015

Democratizing Computer Science K12 Education in California: Ensuring equitable ACCESS to ALL students Date: March 27
Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Julie Flapan, UCLA
The Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools (ACCESS) is a group of researchers, CS teachers, industry and higher education faculty dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education and ensuring its accessibility to underrepresented students in CS: women and low-income students of color. This presentation will highlight our approach in seeking both statewide policy changes and school-based curricular approaches that focus on increasing opportunities for underrepresented students in computer science.

Julie Flapan is the Executive Director of the Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools (ACCESS) which advocates for high-quality K-12 computer science education in California, ensuring its accessibility to all students, especially underrepresented students including girls and students of color. She also serves as Director, Computer Science Project at UCLA's Center X where she works in partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District to expand participation in Exploring Computer Science for high school students.

For the previous eleven years, Julie Flapan served as Researcher and Director of Public Engagement for UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access (IDEA). Her portfolio includes research, policy analysis, coalition building and advancing communications and organizing strategies to ensure all students have access to a high quality education that prepares them for democratic participation, college, and meaningful careers.

Prior to her work at UCLA, Julie served as Project Director for the Anti-Defamation League's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute where she provided anti-bias/diversity workshops to teachers, students, and parents in preschools, K-12 school communities, on college campuses, and in corporate and non-profit workplaces.

Julie received her B.A. from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges, her M.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA. Her greatest challenge is teaching her three digital native children to not just be users (or abusers) of technology, but inspiring them to become creators of it.

Caught in the Web: The Educator's Power to Untangle the Student Experience Date: March 27
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Sumun L. Pendakur, Ed.D., Harvey Mudd College
What lessons are students learning from what you say - and what you don't say? This talk will examine four interrelated concepts vital to all educators who wish to transform their courses and communities into more inclusive and equitable spaces. How do we best engage in helping students move from surviving to thriving in our classrooms and on our campuses?
Dr. Sumun L. Pendakur is the associate dean for institutional diversity at Harvey Mudd College. In her role, Dean Sumi leads the Office of Institutional Diversity, a multifaceted social justice education center. She and her team are responsible for campus-based cross-cultural educational programming. She also co-directs the Summer Institute, an academic affairs and student affairs collaborative four-week summer immersion program (academic exposure and student development) for targeted admitted students. In addition, she serves as the chief diversity officer, partnering with academic affairs to focus on campus-wide efforts related to access, equity, campus climate and inclusion. In her role, she advises faculty search teams on embedding equity and diversity in all aspects of the search/selection process. She also provides diversity trainings for a variety of units and departments.

CS Ed - Where is the NSF Support/Money Date: March 28
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Michael A. Erlinger, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Mike will provide recommendations for understanding the different program areas within the NSF that are relevant for securing CS Education funding. He will share recommendations for identifying relevant NSF programs and writing successful programs.
Mike Erlinger is on leave from Harvey Mudd College at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education. Mike researches computer networking and has worked extensively in the areas of network security and management, including: intrusion detection systems, intrusion alert formats, secure protocols, and integration of security systems into network management systems. Erlinger also researches K-12 computer science education and is passionate about increasing computer science awareness in youth.

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Thanks to our National Partners:
- National Science Foundation
- Turing's Craft
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