Ms. Lisa Watson on Getting Students to Embrace Computer Science

Ms. Lisa Watson may be retired from the United States Army, but these days she’s finding herself fighting a different kind of battle – getting students to realize the relevance of computer science. Since trading in her camouflage uniform and combat boots, Watson has been in the classroom training up tomorrow’s leaders in technology, teaching […]

Computer Science For All!

Addressing the Computer Science Teacher Shortage The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was implemented to close student achievement gaps and ensure that every child in America would be provided with a solid education. It has since been replaced. But even under the new measure – Every Student Succeeds Act – problems and inequities in education […]

Mr. Joe Kmoch on Infusing Computer Science with Various Disciplines

Opportunities to learn computer science are often limited by access to resources. But Joe Kmoch is working to change that. The retired educator used to teach students about the inner workings of computer science. Now, he’s part of the initiative to make computer science education more accessible and inclusive. In this week’s episode of Let’s […]

Janice Mertes On Exposing K-12 Students to Computer Science

Ms. Janice Mertes is dedicated to the mission of increasing the reach of CS educational resources for students in K-12. As Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning at Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, she is leading the charge to enhance digital learning in the state. In this week’s episode, the former educator joins host Sandhya […]

Barriers Facing Computer Science Education

Computer science is no longer seen as just a skill for solving problems. It is now the language of the digital age. As the world advances in technology, students in K-12 need computer science education to be competitive. Studies conducted by show that U.S schools are missing the mark when it comes to this form of […]

Elizabeth Taylor on Inspiring Students to Pursue Careers in STEM

Elizabeth Taylor is transforming the world one mind at a time. In her role as director of STEM outreach and K-12 education programs at Milwaukee School of Engineering, Taylor teaches courses in computer science and facilitates program activities. In 2021, Taylor was featured in the Milwaukee Business Journal as a 40 under 40 winner. She was selected for […]

Rick Surrency on Positioning Students for the Future of Work in Tech

Putnam County School District Superintendent Rick Surrency is a passionate leader who believes in the immense power of education to transform lives. He is committed to improving STEM education and removing any obstacles so every student can pursue their goals. In this week’s episode, Superintendent Rick Surrency joins host Sandhya Padala, to discuss how he’s helping to expand CS education for […]

Nandini Sinha on Disparities in Computer Science

Ms. Nandini Sinha is the Chief Innovation Officer of SHARP Literacy in Wisconsin, helping students develop a love of learning and the skills they need to become future technology leaders. In this week’s episode of Let’s Talk Computer Science, Sinha joins host Sandhya Padala to discuss the diversity and equity challenges facing STEM and what […]

Funding for Computer Science Education

Funding for Computer Science Education Across the country, many tech companies face a similar problem: filling job vacancies. Despite computer science being one of the most in-demand fields, there continues to be a shortage of qualified candidates. As of December 2020, the global talent shortage amounted to 40 million skilled workers worldwide, according to U.S. […]

Supporting Students Through Afterschool Programs

Although COVID-19 continues to leave some unknowns, legislation around afterschool programs continues to be a focus for state policymakers Children spend approximately 25 percent of their waking hours in school, and policy leaders are often striving to provide more learning opportunities through afterschool programs. Broadly defined, afterschool programs (sometimes called OST or Out-of-School Time Programs) […]