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The purpose of this award is to identify and promote administrators who have made a significant impact to improve access to and the quality of computer science education.   



Any public or private school administrator may be nominated for the CSTA Administrator Impact Award. Both the nominated administrator and the nominee are invited to attend, at CSTA's expense, the 2017 CSTA Annual Conference scheduled for July 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland. The winner and the person who submitted may be asked to present a dedicated session at the 2017 conference.


The Award

The Computer Science Teachers' Association will award the winner and the nominating educator an all- expense paid trip to the CSTA Annual Conference. The winner will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the conference and will be featured in an article in the CSTA Voice.  


The 2017 Time Line

The nomination period for this award is now open. Nominations will be accepted starting April 14, 2017 until May 31, 2017.


To nominate an outstanding administrator for this award,
please complete this nomination form.


Past Winners

2016 – Dr. Michelle Graveline, Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut  

Dr. Graveline was nominated for this award by one of the instructors in her school who stated that she was instrumental in her professional development as a CS instructor; that she strives to increase access to CS education on small scales at her local school but also throughout her district; and is someone who truly believes in investing her time and energy into the teachers and the programs and consistently seeks ways to grow. Dr. Graveline is exactly the kind of leader that allows CS teachers and generations of students to build on their skills and experience and make positive changes in the world. We are very proud to recognize Dr. Graveline as an Administrator who truly has made a great impact.  


2015 – Dr. Betsy Hargrove, Superintendent of the Avondale Elementary School District (AZ)

Dr. Hargrove was selected because she is a true champion for computer science education. She oversees a school district that is challenged by poverty (86% of her students receive free or reduced lunch and 77% are minorities). Despite the many obstacles she navigates daily, she saw what computer science could do for her students and their collective futures. She transformed her district into the only elementary school district in Arizona that teaches all students in all grades computer programming. Dr. Hargrove also insisted that all "technology" teachers become "computer science" teachers by teaching coding to every student.  


2014 – Dr. Todd Ullah, Administrator of Instruction for the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and School Support supporting STEM and Computer Science education in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

Dr. Ullah, a long time administrator in LAUSD, was nominated by Dr. Joanna Goode from the University of Oregon. In her nomination, Goode noted that: "Dr. Todd Ullah was the leading advocate within the Los Angeles Unified School District for bringing rigorous, college-preparatory, computer science into the schools."


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