about the k12 computing blog

Shaileen Crawford Pokress is Director of Computer Science Education at the Museum of Science, Boston where she leads the initiative to develop project-driven computational thinking curricula. Shay began her career as a software developer and became interested in education through volunteer work at the flagship Computer Clubhouse in Boston. Now a specialist in computer science education, she advocates for early, meaningful computing experiences for all students as a mechanism for improving equity and diversity in technology fields. Shay served as a lead writer on the 2016 K-12 Computer Science Framework that defines expert consensus on the content and practices that students should know and be able to do at each stage of a comprehensive computer science learning trajectory. Formerly a Director of Instruction at Project Lead the Way, Shay developed project-based curricula for a new K-12 computer science pathway and was lead writer for Launch K-5 Computer Science. Earlier, she led curriculum and program development for the MIT App Inventor project. The tutorials she produced in 2013 for the first Hour of Code continue to invite novice programmers to create their own mobile apps. On occasion, she is recognized as “the App Inventor lady” by students who have watched the videos. Shay developed expertise in facilitating online communities of practice through her work at TERC’s MSPnet.org, the website that connects grantees of the National Science Foundation’s Math Science Partnership program. Shaileen Pokress holds a B.S. in computer science from Cornell University and a Ed.M. in technology in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.