Education Technology

Accelerating Student Engagement Through Computer Science
and Data Science

April 1, 2021
Presenters: Craig Blackburn, Ed.D.; Karen Larson; Ma Bernadette Andres-Salgarino, Ed.D.

The fifth TI Talks speaker series event featured the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s (SCCOE) Integrated STEAM (iSTEAM) team.

The iSTEAM team shared initiatives with districts and partners in utilizing the Design Thinking process.

Please find slides to the presentation below.

Session Details:

The SCCOE iSTEAM team shared initiatives with districts and partners in utilizing the Design Thinking
process to:

  1. Explore and develop a mindset of a designer through its integration with computational thinking with mathematical literacy;
  2. Design an interdisciplinary program of implementation for Data Science and Computer Science; and
  3. Increase student engagement using project-based learning experiences that combine content with hands-on learning and real-life applications

Who should attend:

  • State education leaders in math, science, STEM, CTE and workforce
  • Education service center leaders
  • University and community college faculty
  • School district leaders
  • Community organizations focused on STEM
  • Grant writers


Please contact Wendy Peel, or 214.405.2779.


photo of Craig Blackburn, Ed.D.

Craig Blackburn, Ed.D.
Director, iSTEAM

Craig Blackburn, Ed.D., has been supporting educators in California for 30 years. His experience includes service as a teacher, elementary principal, district curriculum and assessment leader, and school improvement consultant. In his current position at the SCCOE, he provides leadership and support to a team of professional learning leaders in the areas of iSTEAM, educational technology and Career Technical Education. Blackburn believes technology is a lever that can transform school systems from an industrial-era model to a student-centered model, where personalized learning for every learner is the norm. Blackburn earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University, Irvine; a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s College of Moraga; and a Doctor of Education degree from Concordia University, Portland.

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Karen Larson
Computer Science Coordinator

Karen Larson is the Computer Science Coordinator for the SCCOE, working with teachers supporting the integration of computer science, computational thinking strategies, personalized learning and innovative practices in their classrooms. Previously, Larson served as an Educational Technology Specialist at the SCCOE and as a junior high teacher and administrator in elementary education. Larson sat on the board of directors of Silicon Valley CUE, a professional developer for Leading Edge Certification and advisor to the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation STEM advisory board. Larson holds a Master of Education degree in learning and technology.

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Ma Bernadette Andres-Salgarino, Ed.D.
Mathematics Coordinator

Ma Bernadette Andres-Salgarino, Ed.D., is a Mathematics Coordinator for the SCCOE, a National Board–Certified Teacher in mathematics, a member of the National Core Advocate Network, Instructional Leadership Corps, CA Community of Practice-Mathematics, a State Board officer of the CA Mathematics Council, and a Board Member of TODOS Mathematics for All! She also served on the 2021 CA Mathematics Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee. Prior to joining SCCOE, Andres-Salgarino taught AP® Calculus AB/BC and AP® Statistics, among others, and was a mentor and instructional coach. She was awarded the Texas Instruments STEM Teacher of the Year in 2012 and the East Side Union High School District Teacher of the Year in 2013.

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