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Designing a K-12 Computer Science Program & Reinvigorating CSTA Vermont

Part One: Tim O’Leary & Charlie MacFadyen are leading emerging work through their Rowland Foundation fellowship to build a Computer Science program across the largest district in Vermont. They’ll share their project concept, goals, change process, current status, and next steps. Find out more about Tim & Charlie’s emerging work here:

Part Two: Peter Drescher will lead a discussion to explore how we can keep the conversation going, better leverage change statewide, and reinvigorate CSTA Vermont.

Tim O’Leary and Charlie MacFadyen are current Rowland Foundation Fellow working to address the marginalization of females and nonbinary youth that occurs within Computer Science (CS) education and the workforce. The project envision a world where all are inspired to become creators, change-makers, and leaders.

They believe that we all bear a responsibility to actively combat this inequality by creating new systems, and we plan to do just that. Tim and Charlie will develop a K-12 CS program because schools must assume a critical role to create CS learning opportunities. Otherwise, students will continue to develop identities informed by a world where males far outpace female participation in this area. 

Tim is also currently the principal of Champlain Valley School District’s Virtual Learning Academy for middle-level students’ the Digital Learning Leader for both the Virtual Learning Academy and Shelburne Community School (both K-8), and co-directs a statewide program for secondary youth to make meaningful social change through the creation of video documentaries: What’s the Story? The Vermont Young People Social Action Team.

Charlie is the Digital Learning Leader for Champlain Valley Union High School.

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