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Boost Student Creativity and Engagement with Coding and Music

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Boost Student Creativity and Engagement with Coding and Music

Presented by Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District (CA); Mike Tierney, Director, Global Programming, Amazon Music; Hadi Partovi, CEO and Founder,; Karim Meghji, Chief Product Officer,; and Robyn Speed, Director of Outreach and Adoption,

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Innovative solutions to bolster student engagement are more essential now than ever. Learn how computer science and coding with music creation and production can be a fun, creative learning experience for middle and high school students.

Join and a panel of special guests, including Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District, for an immersive edLeader Panel experience about their free and engaging Music Lab platform that allows students to learn and explore computer science through the music of their favorite artists. Featuring songs from The Chainsmokers, Aloe Blacc, Tinashe, and other leading artists, Music Lab allows students to compose and remix music using code., through Music Lab, aims to tap into students’ passions for their favorite music and artists to drive engagement and foster enthusiasm for new future-ready skills like computer science and coding. Special guests from the education and music sector will explore how hands-on activities like Music Lab can help boost student engagement and inspire students to pursue the careers of the future.

Attendees will leave the edLeader Panel equipped with the knowledge, resources, and hopefully, excitement to integrate Music Lab into their classrooms to foster computational thinking skills and creativity. Don’t miss this opportunity to revolutionize your approach to teaching computer science and the arts. Join us to inspire the next generation of innovators and artists.

This edLeader Panel will be of interest to middle and high school teachers, librarians, school leaders, and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Alberto Carvalho

About the Presenters

Alberto M. Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school district, since February 2022. Since starting, Superintendent Carvalho has led the development and implementation of the district’s unanimously approved 2022-2026 Ready for the World Strategic Plan. Numerous initiatives and ideas have enhanced the plan, including the launch of the STEAM Lab Makerspaces, Education Transformation Office, Cultural Arts Passport, and Family Academy. During his 14-year tenure as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), Superintendent Carvalho was recognized as the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year and the 2018 National Urban Superintendent of the Year. Under his leadership, M-DCPS became one of the nation’s highest-performing urban school systems. Superintendent Carvalho is also a dedicated member of the Homeland Security Academic Partnership Council and the National Board of Directors for Common Threads, the Posse Foundation, the Aspen Institute’s Planet Media Task Force, and

Mike Tierney

Mike Tierney is the Director of Global Programming at Amazon Music, where he spearheads the strategic curation and development of music content for audiences worldwide. Before joining Amazon Music, Mike held key roles at KUBE Seattle, VH1, Epic Records, CBS Radio, and Apple Music. Throughout his career, Mike has blended his passion for music with a keen understanding of consumer preferences and technology. Mike got his start as a radio program director while in high school and college. In high school, he saw a recruitment flyer for summer radio jobs while visiting his local library and started that week, working his way up from overnights to primetime slots. One thing Mike loves about his job is exploring how music and “radio” must reinvent themselves in the face of new opportunities such as digital streaming, reaching Gen Z audiences, and the impacts of artificial intelligence (AI).

Hadi Partovi

Hadi Partovi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Born in Tehran, Iran, Hadi grew up during the Iran-Iraq War. His school did not offer computer science classes, so he taught himself to code at home on a Commodore 64. After immigrating to the U.S., he spent his summers working as a software engineer to help pay his way through high school and college. After graduating with a master’s degree in computer science, Hadi started his career at Microsoft where he rose into the executive ranks. In 2013, Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched with the video What Most Schools Don’t Teach. has established computer science classes reaching 30% of U.S. students, created the most broadly used curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached hundreds of millions of students spanning every country in the world.

Karim Meghji

Karim Meghji is the Chief Product Officer of Prior to joining, Karim held Chief Technology and Chief Product Officer roles at a leading digital financial services provider for global remittances as well as companies disrupting online marketing for hotels, corporate-managed travel services, music and movie content distribution, and early on was part of the team that pioneered streaming audio and video on the internet. Karim earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from San Jose State University, discovered his passion for programming in a community college class using Borland’s Turbo Pascal, and had his first programming experience on an Apple IIe in a high school mathematics class.

Robyn Speed

Robyn Speed is the Director of Outreach and Adoption at, where she drives national strategies and efforts to help districts bring computer science to K-12 classrooms through’s curriculum and professional learning. Before joining, Robyn was an elementary school teacher in New York City and was fortunate to participate in the first Hour of Code with her students in 2013. Robyn has an M.Ed. in TESOL from City College New York and a master’s of global human development from Georgetown University. A proud alumnus of Chicago Public Schools, Robyn took an introductory computer science course as a sophomore in high school and regards it as one of her most impactful learning experiences and one every student should have the opportunity to enjoy.

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Join the STEM Learning: Full STEAM Ahead community to network with educators, participate in online discussions, receive invitations to upcoming edWebinars, and view recordings of previous programs to earn CE certificates.® is an education innovation nonprofit dedicated to the vision that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part of their core K-12 education. expands access to computer science in schools, with a focus on increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups. The leading provider of K-12 computer science curriculum in the largest school districts in the United States, also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign, which has engaged more than 15% of all students in the world.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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