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Oracle Academy Partners with CSTA to impact K12 Computer Science Education

Kristen Salem
HR Communications Manager

On June 19, 2017, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) announced the recipients of the second annual Oracle Academy Scholarship for the 2017 CSTA Conference, which was held July 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland. Oracle Academy sponsored US $35,000 in scholarship awards to support first-time attendance at the annual Computer Science Teachers Association conference for thirty-five teachers. The Oracle Academy Scholarships covered the attendees’ conference registration and provided support toward lodging, travel, and meals.

The scholarships were administered by CSTA. Interested teachers were required to submit applications and had to be first-time CSTA conference attendees.

Oracle Academy Partners with CSTA“Oracle Academy continues to support and participate in the CSTA Annual Conference. Their support addresses the critical need of professional development for K-12 Computer Science teachers by providing scholarships for teachers to attend the conference,” said Deborah Seehorn, CSTA Interim Executive Director. “Additionally, their support for the evening reception was applauded by all conference attendees . CSTA deeply values the continuing partnership between Oracle Academy and CSTA in support of K-12 CS education,” she added.

Congratulations to the 2017 Scholarship Recipients!

  1. Michelle Anding, Northwest Rankin Middle School

  2. Angela Armstrong, Rockland High School

  3. Joel Bundt, MOC-Floyd Valley High School

  4. Gloria Canales, Business of Sports School

  5. Dametra Conway, North Heights Junior High School

  6. Christi Coplin, Commerce Independent School District

  7. Mark Eisenhardt, The Albany Academies

  8. John Elliott, Sweet Home CSD

  9. Sarai Gould, Synapse School

  10. Michael Hanus, Academy

  11. Deb Harding, Adams 12 School District

  12. Ramon Hasbum, La Estancia School

  13. Samuel Hindi, Corona High School

  14. Salomon Kandov, Greenpoint Art & Technical High School

  15. Jeff Kaufman, Queens High School for Information Research and Technology

  16. Nora LaCasse, Boston Public Schools

  17. Anne Laughlin-Fuller, Dublin City Schools

  18. Staci Lewis, Smyrna School District

  19. Linda Martin, St. Helena School

  20. Caroline Mora, Harlandale High School

  21. Risa Murray, Drew Charter School

  22. Elizabeth Pater, Leyden High School

  23. Cody Penotte, Nantucket Public Schools

  24. Danielle Pike, Waltham Public Schools

  25. Juan Pinto, Saint Benedict School

  26. Luc Pitre, Dazzling Discoveries

  27. Faith Plunkett, Monte Sano Elementary

  28. Pauline Ritchie, Carrizo Springs CISD

  29. Emily Roach, Ravenscroft School

  30. Timothy Tschurjumov, Claremont International High School

  31. Leon Tynes, Engineering & Science University Magnet School

  32. Sisavath Virasak, Corvallis High School

  33. Angela Walsh, Tolles Career & Technical Center

  34. Shirl Williams, Houston County BOE

  35. Katherine Wittig, Los Angeles Unified School District

“We were delighted to continue our Oracle Academy Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference Scholarships, for a second year, for first-time attendees. Hands down, the CSTA conference is one of the best hands-on professional development opportunities for computer science teachers—or teachers who want to teach CS—in the world. The CSTA conference is three days of useful learning that can be taken directly to the classroom as well as to administrators to increase support for and access to CS education,” said Alison Derbenwick Miller, vice president, Oracle Academy.

“I am new to teaching Computer Science and I know I will put what I learn from this conference to good use. I plan to use each and every aspect of what I learn into not just my Computer Science class but also into my after-school club and my Career Technical Education Computer Programming class,” said Caroline Mora, Harlandale High School.

“Thank you so much Oracle Academy! Without this opportunity, I was not going to be able to expand my Computer Science horizons,” said Christi Coplin, Commerce ISD.

Annually, the CSTA conference welcomes more than 400 computer science teachers and administrators to share and learn from national speakers, networking sessions, and participate in professional development breakout sessions to help advance computer science education. Oracle Academy delivered a workshop focused on short byte computer science curriculum designed for younger learners and facilitated best practice discussion on how to utilize resources for maximum student engagement.

Oracle Academy and CSTA were proud to receive more than 600 applications for the scholarships and thank each teacher for participating. We thank you for your commitment and the passion you bring to your classrooms each and every day.

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