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Cognizant Innovation in Computer Science Education Awards Cognizant Innovation in Computer Science Education Awards

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The Cognizant Innovation in Computer Science Education Awards recognize outstanding educators and individuals advocating for and expanding access to PK-12 computer science education across the United States.  

About the Awards

Building a diverse and equitable workforce begins with PK-12 computer science. We have a responsibility to ensure today’s students are equipped with the competencies and skills to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow, and to do this, it is critical to provide all students with computer science education starting at an early age. 

Through support from Cognizant, these awards were established to identify individuals who have demonstrated measurable impact expanding access to and advocating for PK-12 computer science education. One winner will be recognized within each of the two distinct award categories below:

  • School-Based Award—educator or school leader (only open to Teach For America corps members and alumni) working to expand access to computer science education.
  • Systems-Level Award—individual working to advocate for and expand access to computer science education at the district, state, or national level. 

Each winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and communications opportunities with Teach For America and Cognizant's audiences.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for school-based and systems-level leaders who have demonstrated the following:

  • Innovation: implements new, bold thinking and/or practices
  • Impact: drives concrete, measurable results 
  • Equity: embodies a commitment to equity and belonging
  • Computer science: is passionate about expanding computer science educational opportunities

Nomination and Applications:

The application period for the 2023 Cognizant Innovation in CS Awards is now closed. Please stay connected to Teach For America on the announcement of the award winners in December 2023 and for updates on next year's awards.

Meet the 2023 Award Winners

Cognizant and Teach For America have announced the winners of the annual Cognizant Innovation in Computer Science Education Awards. This year’s winners, listed below, have demonstrated extraordinary leadership as they inspire and open doors for the young learners they serve.

  • Yanepsi Alvarado, Boston, Mass. — Computer Science, Spanish Teacher, and World Language Department Lead, Josiah Quincy Upper School, Boston Public Schools
  • Mira Denton, White Pine, Tenn. — Computer Science Master Teacher (grades 6-8) and Career Coach, Jefferson County Schools
  • Naomi Arroyo, Philadelphia, Pa. — Co-founder & Managing Partner, Floreo Labs
  • Dominick Sanders, Columbia, S.C. — Chief Product & Program Officer, Code Nation

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