I am an educational researcher committed to improving the learning and teaching of computing. I work at WestEd in Redwood City, California where I conduct research studies and program evaluations related to computer science education. I also spend some of my time on data management and project management for large-scale studies.
Topics that I really enjoy are: computing education, language learning, ethnocomputing, and language technologies.
My Recent Projects
- Learning to Teach Computer Science: Qualitative Insights into Secondary Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge (my dissertation; presented at AERA 2016 & 2018, JPS 2017, ICER 2018; published in Computer Science Education)
- Developing Computer Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge through On-the-Job Learning (WestEd’s five-year, NSF-funded study to explore PCK in high school teachers; our website; SIGCSE 2018)
- Program evaluation to support clients in assessing and improving the effectiveness of their educational initiatives. Programs have included:
- university-level interdisciplinary computing programs
- ICT pathways for Latinx youth
- immersive summer programs in computing for youth of color
- app and business development competition for girls across the globe
- community outreach to support faculty in internationalizing course curricula
- Data gathering and data cleaning for randomized control trials in middle school and collegiate mathematics (shared on/at EvaluATE blog, RUME 2017, Bringing Cognitive Science Research to the Classroom – poster 4)
What I’m Building
- Eloquence: a text editor that helps you analyze and improve the lexical diversity of your writing. It was designed to encourage more powerful prose.
What I’m Reading