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Equity in Computer Science: Leading the Way for Change

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Listen and learn : Panel

Monday, November 30, 11:30 am–12:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Kwaku Aning  
Dr. Roxana Hadad  
Dr. Steve Kong  
Tara Linney  
Sonal Patel  
Eduardo Rivera  
Dorothy Sauls  

Startling statistics reveal the underrepresentation of girls and women and minority groups in computer science education and careers. Come and listen to a panel of diverse computer-science-for-all advocates dedicated to increasings equity and access in computer science across schools in California.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Equity & inclusion
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will think about solution-oriented approaches to increasing the diversity of students accessing computer science.

Participants will walk away with research, pedagogy, strategies, and ideas on closing the equity in computer science problem.


5 Minutes - Welcomes and purpose

10 Minutes - Introductions of panel members: Before opening the floor to questions, we will have our panel members each give a brief introduction.
Job title
CS connection
Anything else interesting

40 Minutes - Discussions points. Audience interaction will be encouraged but the moderator will also have a list of predetermined discussion points. The audience will interact via a Mentimeter (backchannel tool) to reflect on their own experiences in relation to the questions asked by the moderator.

The audience will ask questions using a Mentimeter. The facilitator may also ask these questions:

In what ways do you believe CS education prepare our students for the current workforce?

What do you think are some of the biggest obstacles facing teachers who want to teach CS?

Why are school counselors such an important variable when we talk about systemic approaches to confronting equity in CS?

In each of your roles, what do you see the impact of California’s recent acceleration in promoting equitable access to CS education?

How can AP CS lessons/classes be designed so that females and underrepresented minorities retain their interest and consider possible CS careers?

Participants will also be referred to the following materials on Wakelet:

5 Minutes - Closing remarks and follow-ups

Supporting research

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Kwaku Aning, San Diego Jewish Academy
Dr. Roxana Hadad, University of California, Los Angeles

Roxana Hadad, PhD, is Associate Director of the Computer Science Equity Project at UCLA Center X, where she assists in the development of research, professional development, and policy that ensures the scalability, equity, and sustainability of computer science education in the state of California.

Dr. Steve Kong, Riverside USD

Steve is the Coordinator of Digital Learning Initiatives for the Department of Innovation and Learner Engagement at RUSD. He is a certified Google Innovator and grant award winner for the Google CS4HS grant. He holds a BS, M.Ed, and supplementary authorization in computer science from the University of California Riverside and an Ed.D from Concordia University. He provides professional development for’s CS Fundamentals and CS Discoveries courses. Most recently, he served on the California Computer Science Standards Advisory Committee to help develop K-12 CS Content Standards and contributed to the #CSforCA CS Equity Guide.

Tara Linney, TL Specialists
ISTE Certified Educator
Sonal Patel, San Bernardino County Superintendent

Sonal Patel is the Digital Learning Innovation Coordinator at San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. She supports educators and administrators in active professional learning grounded in solid pedagogy centered around closing the digital equity gaps. Sonal was also recently recognized recently by Ed Tech Magazine as one of the top 30 I.T Influencers of 2020. Sonal is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator #LON19, a Microsoft Innovative Educator and a member of Our Voice Alliance. Formerly, Sonal has been an instructional coach and taught in grades K-6 both in California and the U.K.

Eduardo Rivera, Palm Springs Unified School District
Dorothy Sauls, Bing Wong Elementary

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