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Lessons Learned from (In)Formal CS Education with Grant Smith

In this interview with Grant Smith, we discuss the importance of continuing to learn from other educators, what informal and formal learning spaces can learn from each other, how COVID has impacted Grant’s teaching philosophy, our preferences for in-person or virtual professional development and classroom instruction, lessons learned from entrepreneurial adventures in CS education, learning by jumping in and trying new things, heuristic-based learning, and so much more.

csk8 90 - kapor center

Culturally Responsive-Sustaining CS Education - A Framework

In this episode Jared O'Leary unpacks the Kapor Center’s (2021) publication titled “Culturally responsive-sustaining computer science education: A framework,” which describes multiple courses of action for six core components of culturally responsive-sustaining CS education.

csk8 jean ryoo

Making Meaningful Connections with Jean Ryoo

In this interview with Jean Ryoo, we discuss equity as an evolving idea, what an ideal CS class looks like, collaborating and learning through research-practitioner partnerships (RPPs), the importance of examining our own biases, the importance of community, working through burnout/depression/anxiety, helping students through depression and suicidal ideation, the problems with whitewashing in education, and so much more.

csk8 - june 28 2021

Applications of Affinity Space Characteristics in Music Education

In this episode Jared O'Leary unpacks his (2020) publication titled “Applications of affinity space characteristics in music education,” in which he relates the twelve characteristics of informal learning spaces to computer science education.

CSK8 - jun 21

Connecting with and Listening to Students with Dominick Sanders

In this interview with Dominick Sanders, we discuss the importance of connecting with and listening to students, the impact of being a positive role model for kids, considering equity for individuals and across the entire state of South Carolina, what Dominick learned through their experience with Xposure STEM, Dominick’s plan for improving CS in South Carolina, Dominick’s experience with CSTA’s Equity Fellowship, how Dominick continues to learn and grow as a CS educator, thinking through intersectionality in relation to representation, and so much more.

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