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Computer Science for Middle School and High School Teacher Workshop 2017


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Lars Sorensen is the head of Student Computing and a Senior instructional technologist for the Computer Science department at Rutgers University. He does research on Computer Science education topics and manages the CAVE, a collaborative lab he built for the department in 2010. He is currently working towards his PhD in Educational Psychology with a research focus on Computer Science education and epistemic cognition and gaming.

Fran Trees  is Director of Undergraduate Introductory Instruction in the Computer Science Department at Rutgers, co-chair of College Board's Test Development Committee for AP CS Principles, a founding member of the Northern and Central NJ CSTA Chapters, Chapter Liaison on the CSTA Board of Directors, and a member of the Rutgers CS Outreach Group. Fran is actively involved with College Board's AP CS programs as a CS consultant and workshop leader. Her research interest is computer science education

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Mayra Bachrach (mbachrac@kean.edu) is a Computer Science Lecturer at Kean University.  She previously taught middle school and high school Computer Science and Robotics teacher at Glen Ridge, NJ and coached a FIRST Robotics FTC team.  She is past-president of the North NJ Chapter of CSTA. 

Michael Cappiello (
mcappiello@frhsd.com)  has been a technology education teacher for a little over 12 years.  He currently teaches the Electronics course and the Honors Electronics II course at Howell High School in Farmingdale, NJ.  Michael attended The College of New Jersey where he graduated from the Technology Education Program and later earned his Master's Degree in Educational Technology.  Recently he became an adjunct professor at TCNJ where he is teaching Digital Electronics.  He has been involved with the Technology Student Association chapter at his school, and has assisted his students in the programming and electronics competitions.  He has led a number of workshops through NJTEEA, The College of New Jersey STEM center as well as the New Jersey Department of Education on electronics and programming.  He was recently nominated for the NJTEEA's Excellence in High School Teaching Award.

Dr. Leigh Ann DeLyser, Ph.D.
is the Founder and Chief Academic Officer of the CSforAll Consortium (www.csforall.org) and has been working for the past 4 years with CSNYC (www.csnyc.org) in NYC. Leigh Ann is a lifelong advocate for computer science education. She has been as a HS CS teacher, a curriculum developer, a textbook author, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Computer Science Teachers Association.  Over the past 4 years, Leigh Ann has been working in NYC with CSNYC to bring meaningful and rigorous CS education to NYC public school students through the CS4All initiative. This past summer, Leigh Ann's work expanded to the national stage once again with the launch of the CSforAll Consortium - a hub for the grassroots #CSforAll movement that was amplified by the White House in 2016.

Danny Klag (dklag@ets.org) is an assessment developer at Educational Testing Service. His responsibilities include the development of the AP Computer Science exams and a variety of mathematics assessments. Prior to working in assessment, he was a New York City public school mathematics teacher. He holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science from Hamilton College and a master's degree in mathematics education from Columbia University.


Ed Meyer
(emeyer@bw.edu) in currently the chairman of the physics department at Baldwin Wallace University.  He received his PhD in physics from Case Western Reserve University in 1988.  Ed worked as a research scientist for Imperial Chemical Industries from 1989 through 2000.  While at ICI he quickly become the lead trouble shooter, solving problems everywhere from can-coating plants in Taiwan to automotive manufacturing facilities in Sterling Hts Michigan.  In 2000, he accepted a professorship at Baldwin Wallace College (now University) where he developed four courses in problem solving - two of which were taught in the graduate business division -- and founded the Gedanken Institute for Problem Solving.  Baldwin Wallace University is the first university in the country to offer for-credit courses in problem solving.

The mission of the Gedanken Institute is to promote problem solving skills in education and in industry.  The Institute provides lectures at a wide range of community and professional venues and hosts a series of Problem Solving Institutes for intellectually curious 12-17 year olds.

Ed also provides continuing education seminars for teachers and researchers, has consulted with the state of Ohio on STEM education and has presented a TEDx talk on developing problem solving skills at the Bendix Corporation. When textbook publishing giant Springer desired to publish a book on teaching problem solving, they tapped Ed and three others leading experts in the field.  The book is titled, "Guide to Teaching Puzzle-Based Learning."  Ed has also authored or co-authored "Probably a Good Book,"  "The Gedanken Institute Book of Puzzles" and "Naked Physics"

Adam G. Newall (Adam.Newall@pembrokek12.org) has completed 9 years as a Math Applications and CS teacher and the Technology Integrator and Specialist at Pembroke Community Middle School, MA.  This is also his fifth year teaching Boostrap: Algebra, and Bootstrap: Reactive as elective classes to seventh and eighth grade students.  He has been honored to be speaker at MassCUE's fall conference, to work with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as an advisor on CS frameworks, and especially as a Bootstrap Facilitator and Master Teacher presenting the Bootstrap curriculum at professional development workshops around the country. 

Bobby Oommen (boommen@latinschool.org) is the middle school Computer Science teacher at the Latin School of Chicago. After working in Chicago Public Schools for nine years, Bobby was hired to start a brand new CS program at Latin's middle school; a challenge which included writing curriculum for discrete CS classes, as well as working with core subject teachers to integrate CS through cross-curricular projects. Last summer, Bobby worked on a team with Code.org to help write their new middle school Computer Science program, Discoveries, and is excited to facilitate the rollout of this curriculum over the next few years. Bobby received his B.S. in Information Systems from the University of Illinois, his National Board Certification in mathematics, and his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education.

Chinma Uche (chinmauche@gmail.com) teaches Mathematics and Computer Science and holds Connecticut Administrative license. Chinma is a strong advocate for #csforall.  Her many roles include serving as the president of the Connecticut chapter of CSTA, the 9-12 rep at the CSTA Board,  ECEP co-state Lead, co-PI of the Mobile CSP project, Code.org Fundamentals facilitator, member of the AP CSP Development Committee and a member of the Connecticut State Department of Education Computer Science Advisory Committee.  She was named the 2015 CREC Teacher of the Year (https://goo.gl/kXbsEl), a Woman of Innovation by the Connecticut Technology Council and a semi-finalist for the 2016 Connecticut Teacher of the Year award.

If you have questions, please direct them to: ru.cs4hs@gmail.com

Sponsored by Google, and brought to you by the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey