Lisa Hauser

Lisa Hauser

Educational Innovation Abie Award Winner

Award Description:

The Educational Innovation Abie Award in Honor of A. Richard Newton recognizes educators for developing innovative teaching practices and approaches that attract female students to computing, engineering, and math in K-12 or undergraduate education.

The Educational Innovation Abie Award honors the life and career of A. Richard Newton (1951-2007). Newton was a professor and dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, a pioneer in electronic design automation and integrated circuit design, and a visionary leader in the technology industry.

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Lisa Hauser:

Mathematics Teacher, First Follower, CodeArt

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Lisa  has been a High School Mathematics Teacher in Florida for 20 years and is the creator of Code/Art’s Professional Development program for K-12 teachers to lead creative coding lessons, transforming the way computer science is introduced to students.

The Intro to Creative Coding Professional Development workshop provides art, Career and technical education (CTE) and CS teachers with training, curriculum, and post-training support to lead code-based art lessons in the classroom. No previous computer programming experience is needed for teachers. Each  lesson is geared toward  inspiring students with the creative possibilities of computer programming, expanding their creativity and teaching them computing skills.

Code/Art has trained over 150 teachers from over 100 schools who have reported teaching Code/Art lessons to 6,765 students. 85% were from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups – 66.5% Hispanic and 18.5% Black.

An introduction to coding skills in art class makes CS accessible to girls who otherwise may not consider taking a CS class. The solution Code/Art offers is one that can easily be adopted and adapted anywhere. It is about leveraging the pedagogy of teachers to make coding attractive to the students in their classroom.

Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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