Design Lab Updates

UVA School of Education & Human Development

July 2022

Kim Wilkens presented on her Bringing CS Education Research into K-8 Classrooms podcast project at the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference in Chicago earlier this month. Kim notes that CSTA is a great organization to connect with if you are teaching CS and they now have more resources and community than ever for K-8 teachers who might not initially identify as a CS teacher.


Don't miss the CS Institute 2022, a FREE, online professional learning opportunity designed to introduce K-8 educators, or anyone that works with youth, to computer science pedagogy and equitable teaching strategies that can be incorporated into any subject area. The CS Institute is a self-paced, online companion to the Creating Equitable Computer Sciences workshop created by and for the Charlottesville CS Community Research-Practice Partnership. You will leave the CS Institute with at least one CS-infused lesson customized to use in your classroom! The Creating Equitable Computer Experiences Handbook is a companion resource we created for the CS Institute and we think it is chock full of great information, especially for those just starting their CS education journey.


CodeVA offers a variety of CS PD for current Virginia public school K-12 educators at no cost. Check out this Once Upon a Tech podcast with Kristin Hott, CodeVA’s Engagement Strategist, to learn all about CodeVA and professional learning opportunities coming up this summer!

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Design Lab Playdates will be scheduled soon! Check back in August.

Meet the Design Lab Facilitators

Kim Wilkens is an EdD student in curriculum & instruction with a focus on innovation and computer science education. She is also the founder of Tech-Girls. Kim has extensive experience organizing professional learning opportunities for educators.


Eric Bredder is a PhD student with a focus on STEM Education and teacher professional development. He co-teaches the EDIS5070 - Enhancing Technology Instruction course for pre-service teachers and has strong connections with local educators in STEM and CTE.