Michele Roberts has been involved in Computer Science Teacher PD for over fifteen years. Her formal schooling includes Computer Science, Math and Business, and she was Computer Science faculty at Purdue University for over a decade. To devote full time to her passion for teacher professional development, she recently transitioned to Indiana University where she is Director of Computing Outreach. Michele spends most of her time in the field, supporting teachers in their quest to improve Computer Science pedagogy. She is particularly known for her ability to help new teachers acquire fundamental computer science skills in an accelerated (and humorous) way, while working with seasoned teachers to deepen programming, software engineering and data skills from her experience in industry. She has served as an AP Question Leader, and advocates at the policy level for teachers in several states.
Michele has taught Computer Science Principles for multiple years. Her workshops deliver competencies in the CSP curriculum framework with background information to place the content knowledge in context. APSI deliverables include pacing guides, hands-on activities for all of the course “Big Ideas”; assessment materials and guidelines; a repository of ready to use resources; and lots of corny CS jokes.
Attendees in her workshops receive freebies she collects from vendors, as well as her ongoing support throughout the year. Relevant AP Outreach Activities
- College Board Computer Science Facilitator since 2015, completing numerous ASPI’s and One Day workshops
- Selected as one of the original Computer Science Principles pilot
- Completed training in Code.org, Beauty and Joy of Computing, and Edhesive to better support CS teachers
- Served as Table Leader in First CS Principles reader
- Selected to deliver and develop Indiana coursework for dual credit HS teacher training
- Developed and shares with APSI teachers a rich repository of free resources for Computer Science Principles
- Has conducted several APSIs in Texas (including three years at Texas A&M, for program lead Sondra Nite)