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Tapestry Workshop 2013

Attracting and engaging diverse high school students to computing

July 10 – 12, 2013
Purdue University, Department of Computer and Information Technology





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Workshop Speakers

Laura Reasoner Jones is a National Board Certified Teacher, and the founder of the GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) clubs, which have more than 40 chapters across the United States. A Technology Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools, she has worked since 1994 to encourage young girls to pursue math and science courses and careers. As Teacher in Residence for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, she created the DIgital Edge Learning Interchange, an extensive video library of accomplished teaching with technology. She currently teaches elementary teachers and students robotics, video production and computer programming.

Robert "Bob" Luciano has been a math and computer science teacher in the Pocono Mountain School District for 24 years. He began teaching all of the computer science classes in 1995. No students at Pocono Mountain had ever earned a passing score on the AP Computer Science exam before 1995. In the last 17 years more than 100 students have earned passing scores on the AP Computer Science exam. On the 2012 AP Computer Science exam 14 students earned passing scores. A main theme of Robert's teaching philosophy is the use of cooperative logic groups to teach students problem solving strategies. He has been a presenter at 9 Tapestry workshops and his sessions are always rated highly by the workshop participants.

Seth Reichelson - Seth Reichelson currently teaches 144 students in AP CS with 45% female enrollment. Next year’s enrollment is at 296 students. Seth's and his teams' accomplishments include:

  • 2012 Central Florida Air Force Teacher of the Year
  • 2012 IBM North American Mainframe School of the Year
  • 2011 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award
  • 2010 FIU ACM Computer Programming Teacher of the Year
  • 2010 IBM North American Mainframe School of the Year
  • 2009 Bright House Star Teacher of the Year
  • 2009 Florida School Board Innovation in Technology Award
  • 2008 Central Florida Air Force Teacher of the Year.
  • 2010,2009,2006 SECME Engineering Mousetrap Car Design National Champions
  • 2007 SECME Engineering Mousetrap Car Design Runner Up
  • 2010,2009,2008 Won ALL ACM High School Programming Contests in Florida @ UF, UCF, FIU and Stetson (10 in a row)

Jim Cohoon is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. His research interests include application areas such as VLSI design automation, transport scheduling and routing, and Computer Science education. His interdisciplinary approach applies and extends nontraditional techniques such as computational geometry, probabilistic search, genetics, and parallel computing. He is a Co-PI on the NSF grant providing the primary funding for this workshop.

Joanne McGrath Cohoon is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT), and Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia. Cohoon conducts nationwide empirical studies of gender and computing. Her results are reported in scholarly journals and an award-winning book, co-edited with William Aspray -- Women and Information Technology, Research on Underrepresentation. Cohoon's work at NCWIT involves conducting, translating, applying, disseminating, and evaluating research. She also serves on the CRA-W Board, offers professional development to computing high school teachers, trains and supervises consultants, and collaborates on increasing women's participation in volunteer computing.

Luther Tychonievich is a graduate student in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia, where he designs algorithms and writes proofs about how swarms of agents can perform in the presence of limited knowledge and malicious agents. He earned M.S. and B.S. degrees in computer science from Brigham Young University and A.A. and A.S. degrees from Lakeland Community College. Luther loves teaching and has published papers on educational issues including diversity and outreach in computer science education, pedagogy design, and the presentation of computational material to lay audiences.

Workshop Organizers

Dr. Fatma Mili, Department Head and Professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department of Purdue University.

Dawn Laux, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department of Purdue University.

Angela Murphy, Assistant to Department Head in the Computer and Information Technology Department of Purdue University.