Presentation at Teaching and Learning 2015 

I recently spoke at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards annual conference, Teaching and Learning 2015. In this video I cover the rationale and essential messages of the modern computer science education movement. I’d say this is a good place for the wanna-be CS advocate to start. See the whole blog post here.

Best PD Experience Ever 

The most significant professional development experience I’ve ever had was in 2010 when I represented the United States at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum in South Africa.  I presented a project that I used to recruit and retain women in my computer science classes called “Game Programming with the Microsoft Zune to Promote more »

Interview: Computer Science Can Feed a Lot of Dreams 

Why is it is important to teach students how to code? (full interview) PAT: I’ll start with the misconception that learning to code is what Code.org is all about. It’s a little bit broader than that. It’s about learning computer science, which is different than coding. Coding is just another word for programming, and programming is more »

Code.org’s Pat Yongpradit at FedScoop STEM Forum 

Featured in American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom 

I am honored to be one of the educators featured in American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom. Find the book on Amazon. Here is a pdf copy of my section.  

Speaking at NAACP in Montgomery County 

The Parents’ Council/MCPS Kickoff event is held annually to engage and energize advocates and county leadership in conversations focused on equity in education and related topics.  The audience will be approximately 350 – 400 people, comprised of County elected officials, Board of Education members, District Superintendent and staff, Principals, NAACP Branch & Parents’ Council Representatives, and MCPS more »

CS in STEM at Fedscoop’s Tech Town Hall 

On Tuesday 9/9/2014 I spoke at Fedscoop’s Tech Town Hall to an audience of folks gathered to talk about the nation’s STEM workforce. I gave the usual spiel about how important CS is to the STEM field and how undereducated our nation’s students are. But I tried something new as well. I spent some time more »

On NPR: Coding and the Computer Science Conundrum 

For years following the dot-com bust, computer science enrollment plunged steadily, prompting hand wringing over America’s competitiveness in technology and innovation. But a nationwide push to bring coding to classrooms, plus rapid innovation in apps and communications, has prompted a 13.4 percent jump in computer science majors in the 2012-13 academic year alone. But retaining more »

What you miss when you don’t take computer science 

I was recently interviewed for a Washington Post article and was asked, “Why is taking computer science so important? What do kids miss out on if they don’t take computer science?” The second question was a version of the first that I hadn’t heard before. I am constantly defending why CS is important, but have never more »

Code.org and CS Principles Presentation to MD CTE Pathway Workshop 

I presented on what Code.org is up to and what CS Principles is all about to Career and Technical Education teachers representing 10 different districts in MD.  Download the Code org presentation and the CS Principles presentation.