Work Groups

Work Groups

CS4GA Work Groups

CS4GA uses a Collective Impact approach to impact equity and access in computer science education in Georgia.  The Collective Impact approach utilizes Work Groups to break down the tasks required to achieve the necessary impact.  CS4GA has established six Work Groups to advance its work.  Their focus and members are listed below.  There are no official chairs of the Work Groups but usually, one or two individuals emerge as the natural leaders of each group.  Those leaders work with Ko Hassan, CS4GA Lead Facilitator, to organize and facilitate meetings.
To become a member of any of CS4GA’s Work Groups, please reach out to Khurram ‘Ko’ Hassan through our contact form.

Policy Work Group

Their focus is on studying the effectiveness of existing CS education policies in the state and then working with legislative leaders to make policy changes that would improve progress in CS education.  Meetings are held as needed based on any relevant policy issues and opportunities that may be emerging.

Members

Tim Cairl
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Heather Maxfield
TAG-Ed

Khurram/Ko Hassan
CS4GA

Bryan Cox
GaDOE

Casey M. Martin
Project Lead the Way

Codeye Woody
Code.org

Cosby Johnson
Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Daniela Perry
Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Ebo Entsuah
Project Lead the Way

Lien Diaz
GTech/Constellations

Michael O’Sullivan
GeorgiaCAN

Allison Scott
Kapor Center

Ryan Mahoney
Apple

EquityInColorRight

Equity Work Group

CS4GA not only wants to improve CS education access to all of Georgia’s K-12 students, but it also wants to help school districts to assess and address equity challenges that they may be facing. We are lucky to have local and national equity experts who have agreed to provide us with guidance on how to provide equity resources to Georgia’s CS schools.

Members

Khurram/Ko Hassan
CS4GA

Bryan Cox
GaDOE

Lien Diaz
GTech/Constellations

Alba Gutierrez
GTech/CEISMC

Brian Williams
Georgia State University

Shana V. White
Kapor Center – Oakland, CA

Maya Israel
University of Florida – College of Education

Tamara Pearson
Spelman College

Members

Kenton Meronard
Albany State University

Kathaleena Monds
Albany State University

Hyrum Carroll
Columbus State University

Rania Hodhod
Columbus State University

Khurram/Ko Hassan
CS4GA

Rebecca McMullen
Fort Valley State University

Bryan Cox
GaDOE

Lavita Williams
GaDOE

Hyesung Park
Georgia Gwinnett College

Armin Mikler
Georgia State University

Raj Sunderraman
Georgia State University

Anu Bourgeois
Georgia State University

Lauren Margulieux
Georgia State University

Cedric Stallworth
GTech/Constellations

Darryl Adderly
GTech/Constellations

Lien Diaz
GTech/Constellations

Mahender Mandala
GTech/School of
Interactive Computing

Ahyoung Lee
Kennesaw State University

Tom Koballa
Mercer University

Nina Gilbert
Morehouse College

Gina Childers
Texas Tech University

Catherine Linsky
Univ of North Georgia

Sheri C. Hardee
Univ of North Georgia

Radu Paul Mihail
Valdosta State University

Academic Partners Network

Given that our state’s academic institutions have many individuals, programs, and departments working on activities that are helping to advance CS education in our schools, we decided to bring interested academic partners into a networking group that could learn about each other’s efforts and we identify potential collaboration opportunities.
The Academic Partners Network has identified two areas of focus for collaborative efforts:
  • Conduct data analysis on key K-12 CS education research questions that would both help CS4GA understand the state of CS ed and also help the academic partners with their research inquiries.  GTech’s Constellations Center for Equity in Computing is providing funding to GaDOE to hire interns to assist with the data analysis.
  • Partner with CS ed summer camp and after-school partners to study how their efforts could be expanded statewide through virtual solutions and to study the effectiveness of the solutions.

Professional Development Work Group

The key to increasing the number of CS teachers in Georgia is to provide them access to quality CS professional development that is aligned with the state’s CS standards.  Our PD Work Group brings together the main PD providers working in Georgia and coordinates efforts to ensure that teachers and districts have access to information on how to access quality CS PD. 

Members

Heather Cunningham
BootUp Professional Development

Lea Sloan
CodeHS

Bianca Ramchandani
CodeHS

Jacqueline Webber
Curriculum Development Consultant

Lavita Williams
GaDOE

Douglas Edwards
GTech/CEISMC

Alba Gutierrez
GTech/CEISMC

Lien Diaz
GTech/Constellations

Leigh McCook
GTech/GTRI

Shana V. White
Kapor Center

Ebo Enstsuah
Project Lead The Way

Casey Martin
Project Lead The Way

Chuck Barlow, Jr.
SOSSI

Tracey Wilson
Microsoft TEALS

Members

Ko Hassan
CS4GA

Bryan Cox
GaDOE

Ann Cramer
Georgia Foundation for
Public Education

Armin Mikler
Georgia State University

Anona Shugart Walker
Google

Lien Diaz
GTech/Constellations

Allison Scott
Kapor Center

Heather Maxfield
Technology Association of Georgia – Education Collaborative

Industry/Philanthropy Work Group

CS4GA has begun to engage stakeholders in the industry and in the philanthropy sector to get their guidance on how to bring private in-kind and financial resources to help us reach our goals.  This is a new group and it will be helping us to find ways to complement Georgia’s public investments in teachers and schools with private resources focused on engaging students and parents.

Public Awareness Work Group (coming soon)

After we have made progress on increasing the number of certified CS teachers in Georgia and helping school districts to meet the SB 108 mandate to offer CS courses to middle school and high school students, CS4GA will gather public awareness experts to organize activities and campaigns to raise awareness among students and parents about the importance of a CS education.  If you have expertise or experience in conducting effective public awareness campaigns, please reach out to Ko Hassan through our contact form.

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