NCWIT at #SIGCSE2016? Yes, we’ll be there.

NCWIT is on the road once again, and we want you to know where to find us. In March, we will be in full force at SIGCSE 2016, from March 2-5 in beautiful Memphis, Tennessee. SIGCSE is one of the biggest events of the year for computer science educators, allowing them the opportunity to share new ideas with other educators and experts working to develop, implement and engage in computing at all levels of instruction. Here is a look at at where you can find NCWIT at SIGCSE 2016. For those who are planning to come, we can’t wait to see you there!

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(Note: All times and locations are subject to change. Please verify logistics at the conference website prior to attendance.)

Pre-symposium Workshop: Creating Engaging and Relevant Classroom Activities & Assignments

Wednesday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. // Memphis Convention Center L10 // Organizers Douglas Blank, Bryn Mawr College; Patricia Campbell, Campbell-Kibler Associates; Helen Hu, Westminster College; Beth Quinn, NCWIT; and Alla Webb, Montgomery College
This workshop will provide CS faculty the opportunity to discuss how to create engaging and relevant classroom activities and assignments that will enhance underrepresented students’ interest, success, and retention in computer science. Examples of engaging and relevant curriculum will be presented from TIDES institutions and the EngageCSEdu repository. Workshop attendees will then be challenged to consider how to modify their own CS courses to be more engaging and relevant.

Workshop #104: High Yield in the Short Term: Planning Strategically to Get Women into your Major

Wednesday, 7:00-10:00 p.m. // Convention Center L8 // Authors Lecia Barker, NCWIT and Leisa Thompson, NCWIT
In this workshop, participants will develop an actionable plan for increasing the enrollment of qualified women into their undergraduate majors. The workshop philosophy is that departments should accomplish the greatest return on investment, in the shortest time to bring benefits, with the smallest resource commitment. After all, recruiting women is rarely one’s “day job.” Using NCWIT research-based materials and ideas shared by NCWIT Academic Alliance members, the presenters will provide information, a planning structure, resources, and activities to support participants in developing a strategic plan to improve the gender diversity of their undergraduate majors.

BofF, Flock 1: Practical Methods for Broadening Participation Through Student Engagement in CS1/CS2 Courses

Thursday 5:30-6:20 p.m. // Room: Memphis, Sheraton // Authors Lecia Barker, NCWIT; Alvaro Monge, California State University, Long Beach; Leo Porter, University of California, San Diego; Beth Quinn, NCWIT; and Daniel Zingaro, University of Toronto, Mississauga
This BoF will convene instructors of CS1/CS2 to discuss ways of engaging all students in introductory computing courses using the Engagement Practices Framework developed by NCWIT’s EngageCSEdu interdisciplinary project team to structure the discussion. The Framework is a set of teaching practices that research suggests helps attract and retain women and other underrepresented students in CS. The group will explore examples from the EngageCSEdu collection and discuss how to effectively implement these practices in their courses, and how to avoid common pitfalls.

BofF, Flock 2: Setting Quantifiable Goals for Broadening Participation in Computing

Thursday 6:30-7:20 p.m. // Room: Memphis, Sheraton // Authors Maureen Doyle, Northern Kentucky University and Kate Lockwood, University of St. Thomas
NCWIT works with faculty at all stages of the pipeline to create measureable change at their educational institutions. While faculty are typically committed to this work, they often do not have the time or expertise to create clear, measureable goals that can be assessed and reported to funders or administration. In this BoF, participants will work with NCWIT-developed change tracking tools and social scientists to develop goals for their home institutions. To gain the most out of the session, please bring your Internet enabled device to try hands-on activities during the session.

Counselor for Change (C4C) Poster Session

Friday 3:45-5:00 p.m. // Exhibit Hall
When counselors become advocates for computing they can have significant impact in recruiting youth in the field through their administration of course assignments and engagement in career exploration with students. A recent study of counselors’ academic backgrounds, work priorities, and current perspectives and practices regarding advising in computing has implications for educators interested in building cooperative relationships with counselors. The study took place as an activity of the Counselors for Computing (C4C) program, which provides school counselors with up-to-date information and resources they can use to guide students toward education and careers in computing.

NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) Reception

Friday 6:00-7:00 p.m. // Heritage Ballroom at the Sheraton
NCWIT invites faculty members of higher education to attend our reception. Both current NCWIT members and those interested in becoming members of NCWIT are welcome.

Broadening Participation Booth

All Week Long // Exhibit Hall
NCWIT and EngageCSEdu will be participating in this joint booth with nine other organizations that are a part of the NSF Broadening Participation initiative. A broad range of NCWIT materials will be available, and both NCWIT staff scientists and an EngageCSEdu content manager will be available to answer questions.

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