Lisa Hauser was awarded the winner of this years Educational Innovation Abie Award by the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). The Educational Innovation Abie Award is in honor of A. Richard Newton and it recognizes educators for developing innovative teaching practices that attract female students to educational fields such as computing, engineering, and math in K-12 or undergraduate education. Lisa Hauser has been a teacher for 20 years and currently is teaching at School for Advanced Studies – North. Lisa created the Code/Art’s Professional Development Program to encourage K-12 teachers to lead creative coding lessons, which is changing the way computer science is introduced to students, especially young girls.
The GHC was founded in 1994 and was inspired by the legacy of Grace Murray Hopper, who pioneered the idea of automatic programming and explored new ways to use the computer to code. The mission of GHC is to support women at all levels of their careers, as well as organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative.