Share Paper: How to Organize a Professional Development Workshop to Train Teachers to Attract Girls into High School Computer Science Classes

  1. Joanne McGrath Cohoon, University of Virginia, United States
  2. Lecia Barker, University of Texas, United States
  3. James Cohoon, University of Virginia, United States
Monday, March 5 2:45 PM-3:45 PM William Barton

Abstract: Elective computing courses such as computer science are largely populated by boys. This is one of the reasons women continue to be underrepresented in lucrative technical careers. While teachers have access to professional development for content and inclusive pedagogy, they rarely receive instruction on how to bring more girls and minority students into their classes. This tutorial is a train-the-trainer approach: it offers guidance and resources for organizers of professional development workshops for high school computing teachers to attract more and diverse students to their classes. Through presentation, discussion, and professional quality materials from the National Center for Women & ...