Launching the Computer Science Revolution in Connecticut


The Computer Science for Connecticut (CS4CT) Summit brings together K-12 educators from across the state to promote and advance computer science education. The summit is designed to empower school districts across the state with resources and strategies to bolster CS education across all grade levels. A core focus of the summit is to promote equity in computing, such that all students across our state have access to high-quality CS education.

The Summit is for current CS teachers and any educator across K-12 interested in introducing new CS topics or coursework into your curriculum at any grade level.

Join us to improve K-12 Computer Science Education within your classroom, school, or district. Learn from national and state leaders how K-12 Computer Science Education is being advanced within the state and nationwide.


  • Identify CS curriculum that can be taught at your school for every grade level
  • Learn successful strategies other districts and schools have taken to teach CS
  • Learn successful strategies for increasing participation of under-represented minorities and females into CS coursework
  • Improve your knowledge of CS resources
  • Network with CS educators and advocates across the state
  • Learn about efforts underway by the CT State Department of Education to promote CS education across K-12



7:15 – 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome Seth Freeman, ECEP-CT / Chinma Uche, CTCSTA
Opening Remarks – Dianna R. Wentzell, Commissioner of Education
8:15 – 9:05 Panel – Reaching All Students with Computer Science
Leigh Ann DeLyser (CSforAll), Ralph Morelli (Mobile Computer Science Principles),
Brenda Wilkerson (Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology), Pat Yongpradit (Code.org)
9:05 – 9:50 Panel – Keeping Connecticut Competitive in the 21st Century
Scott Burghoff (CGI), Bruce Carlson (Connecticut Technology Council),
Nancy Davis (United Technology Corporation [retired]), Estela Lopez (CT State Board of Education),
Jim Mersfelder (Le Pecq) moderator

10:10 – 10:35 Computer Science in CT: A State Perspective
Jennifer Michalek (CT State Department of Education)
10:35 – 10:55 Broadening Participation in Computing in your Classroom/District
11:00 – 11:45 K-12 CS Curriculum Round Robin
Walk the CS4CT Summit to view tabletop demonstrations of K-12 CS curricular resources to use in your classroom. Curricular resources to be showcased include:
Arduino       Bloxels       Bluebot       Breakout Edu       Code & Go Robot Mouse       CS First
CS Unplugged       Cubelets       Cubetto       Dash/Dot       Exploring Computer Science       Lego EV3       Finch       Kibo       Makey Makey       mBot       Microbit       Osmo Coding       Ozobot       Processing       Scratch       Sphero       VEX
11:50 – 12:40 Lunch
12:45 – 2:10 Breakout Session I

  • Bringing CS to Your District: A Possible Track of CS Courses
  • Clearing Pathways for Students with Computer Science
  • Code.org K-12 Computer Science Programs
  • Developing a Mood Ring with TI Basic
  • Hummingbird Robots: Physical Computing for Any Classroom
  • Learn to Code with iPads
2:25 – 2:55 Breakout Session II

  • Adventures in Middle School Coding
  • Examining the Landscape of K-12 CS Education across CT
  • Gameified Strategies for Computer Science Education
  • Introduction to Pencil Code
  • Mobile CSP (App Inventor) – AP Course
  • Skills21 Research Specialist Challenge Based Learning in CS & STEM
3:10 – 4:05 Breakout Session III

  • Bring Computer Science to All Students with Project Lead The Way’s K-12 Curriculum
  • Exploring Computer Science (ECS) a General Computer Science Course
  • Incorporating Makerspace in the Elementary Classroom
  • Middle School Interdisciplinary Project integrates CS w/ Math & ELA Common Core
  • Using CodeHS platform in grades 6-12
4:15 – 4:30 Closing Activity
4:30 – 5:30 Cocktail Hour

Please note session items and times above may be subject to change.


The registration fee for CS4CT Summit 2018 is $150 per person. Scholarships are available.

Registration is full for CS4CT Summit 2018. However, you may add your name to a waiting list in the event there are openings. Use the registration link below.

To register for the CS4CT Summit Go to the Registration Page.

For attendees wishing to pay by check or purchase order, select the Bill Me option. Checks should be made payable to the Computer Science Teachers Association and mailed to:

Computer Science Teachers Association
230 Washington Avenue
Extension Suite 101
Albany, NY 12203

Click here for CS4CT Summit 2018 Policies.


See who our 2018 Summit Speakers are…


Radisson Hotel

100 Berlin Road | Cromwell, CT | 860.635.2000


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