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What is the CS Teachers Conference?

The CS Teachers Conference is a full-day conference for K-12 NYC teachers featuring presentations by NYC CS teachers and school teams that will take place on May 4, 2019; 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at John Jay College. The conference will feature a keynote speaker Dr. Christopher Emdin, breakout sessions led by NYC CS teachers and partners, a fair-style school showcase, networking opportunities, and other engaging activities!

We want to create a community and unite CS teachers across NYC, regardless of what you teach, where you teach, or how long you’ve taught.
We hope that attendees gain tools and resources that they can use in their classroom and leave feeling inspired, motivated and connected to other CS teachers.


What are the goals of the CS Teachers Conference?

  • To provide new and existing CS teachers with an opportunity to learn directly from other CS teachers.
  • To provide CS teachers with a platform to present and share their work with their colleagues.
  • To support the development of a broad, cross-program/curricular CS teacher community in NYC.
  • To provide new and existing CS teachers across NYC with an opportunity to network and hear about what CS looks like in other schools.


Keynote Speaker Dr. Christopher Emdin

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. The creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., author of the award-winning book Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and the New York Times Best Seller,  For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll Too.

Emdin was named the 2015 Multicultural Educator of the Year by the National Association of Multicultural Educators and has been honored as a STEM Access Champion of Change by the White House under President Obama. In addition to teaching, he served as a Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the US Department of Energy.


Special Guest: Sasha Ariel Alston

Sasha Ariel Alston is the debut author of the children’s book, Sasha Savvy Loves to Code. From Washington, DC, she is a college student majoring in Information Systems at Pace University in New York City.

With nine successful internships in the tech and business industries, she is a sought-after speaker to encourage youth to explore educational and career opportunities in STEM. She has appeared on Good Morning America, been featured in Forbes, Huff Post, Role Model Magazine, & Black Enterprise. She has inspired girls to dream big in Disney, Google, Snapchat, and Yahoo initiatives.

Sasha was also selected as a 2018 Futurist by The Root magazine, one of Her Campus 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women and as a Pace University 30 under 30 Difference Maker.


Special Guest: Linda Liukas

Linda is the author and illustrator of Hello Ruby, a children’s picture book about the whimsical world of computers, translated into 25 languages, as well as the founder of Rails Girls, a global movement to teach young women programming in over 400 cities.

Further, she believes that code is the 21st century literacy and the need for people to speak the ABC of Programming is imminent. She believes our world is increasingly run by software and we need more diversity in the people who are building it. Linda has studied in business, design and engineering in Aalto University and product engineering in Stanford University.

Teacher Con Workshops

Teacher Con will feature a menu of workshops led by NYC CS teachers and CS4All partners. Below is the current list of partners and workshop topics. Check back regularly! We’re adding more workshops leading up to the event.

BrainPOP – “Showing what you know” used to involve just posters, dioramas, and slideshows. We will put a whole new spin on that concept by coding projects. Come create a coding project on BrainPOP whether you’re a first-time coder or have lots of experience. We’ll use BrainPOP’s new Creative Coding platform based on Scratch to create a digital museum, sorting game, or story using Moby and other BrainPOP characters.

ELiTE – All experienced Computer Science teachers are welcome to participate! Join ELiTE to learn how to use free web-based tools to empower your high school students to code their own VR environments for smartphones and Google Cardboard.

Enza Academy – This is a hands-on workshop which will allow participants to create music using code. Sonic Pi is an open-source programming software, designed to compose music through code.

Mouse – New to teaching front-end development or want to learn how to make HTML/CSS more ACTIVE? Come learn with the Mouse team to choreograph a dance party with tag cards, learn some HTML/CSS code and connect with your colleagues.  These activities are part of our Coding course where students explore everything from HTML/CSS to search engine optimization, from passwords to Javascript, from online identities to advertising, all the major strands of the Web Literacy Map. Participants will leave with some new friends, unplugged CS activities under their belt and receive access to our Coding course even if their school site does not have a current license.

Wonder Workshop – Global Kids will lead a workshop to introduce teachers to the Makey Makey controller, exploring two themes. First, we’ll introduce participants to the incorporation of Makey into STEM-focused student activities, and then we’ll discuss ways in which Global Kids has used Makey, and other tech tools, in accordance with the pedagogical philosophies of the CS4ALL Blueprint and Perspectives.

STEM from Dance – STEM From Dance is an award-winning program that uses dance to attract and prepare students for a future in STEM. During their workshop, you will use a wearable circuit made of lights and Arduino components to create cool light effects and fun dance moves to go along with it. This workshop is great for teachers whose students love to dance and want to introduce them to programming. You will learn, code, and dance, making for an unforgettable experience that you are bound to enjoy.

Sunset Spark – Join Sunset Spark in an introduction to robotics through art and Lego kits! Participants will build multiple robots, like a temporary tattoo pen and geometric art bot. The workshop will also provide a crash course in programming using Lego robotics kits. No experience needed. The robots need to stay at the workshop, but participants get to keep their robot’s artwork!

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