Shaileen Crawford Pokress
Director of Computer Science Education at the Museum of Science in Boston


Talk Title

Tinkering with Computational Thinking: Tools for Powerful Ideas
(summary forthcoming) I will talk about pedagogically appropriate tools for different age groups, and how to know if you are providing authentic learning experiences.


Workshop Title: Computer Science is Everywhere: Engagement Across the Curriculum

CS knowledge and skills can be applied in any subject area, much like reading and writing. Attendees of this workshop will learn how to apply computer science as tool for deeper engagement in any subject.



Shaileen Crawford Pokress is the Director of Computer Science Education at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. Shay began her career as a software developer and became interested in education through volunteer work at the flagship Computer Clubhouse in Boston. Now a specialist in computer science education, she advocates for early, meaningful computing experiences for all students as a way to improve diversity and promote equity in technology fields. Shay served as a lead writer on the 2016 K-12 Computer Science Framework that defines expert consensus on the content and practices that make up a comprehensive computer science learning trajectory. Formerly a Director of Instruction at Project Lead the Way, Shay developed project-based curricula for a new K-12 computer science pathway and was lead writer for Launch K-5 Computer Science. Earlier, she led curriculum and program development for MIT App Inventor, a groundbreaking project that invites everyone to create their own mobile apps. On occasion, people will recognize her from the video tutorials she created for the first Hour of Code in 2013. In addition, Shay spent a decade researching and developing online communities of practice at TERC with funding from the National Science Foundation. Shaileen Pokress holds a B.S. in computer science from Cornell University and a Ed.M. in technology in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.