CSTA-Arizona Newsletter

January 2020

CSTA-Arizona Board Election Results

We are happy to announce the results of the most recent CSTA AZ Board Elections, along with our returning board members:
  • President - Daniel Schneider
  • Vice President - Michelle Cannon
  • Treasurer - Jared O'Leary
  • Secretary - Lotus Kaplan
  • K-8 Representative - Sarah Barker
  • Regional Director: Southern AZ - David Herring
  • Regional Director: Northern AZ - Jesus Osuna
  • Regional Director: West Maricopa County  - Leon Tynes
As outgoing President and Vice-President, it has been our honor to serve the CS educator community and work with stakeholders over the past more than five years. We look forward to see CSTA AZ continue to flourish with the strong support of our teachers and partners to continue to connect, mentor, and gather.
-Janice Mak & Brian Nelson
Outgoing CSTA-AZ President & Vice-President
CSTA-Arizona News & Updates
Start a Girls Who Code Club

We are proud to partner with Girls Who Code to provide free, flexible and inclusive CS opportunities all across our community, and would love for your school to host a Club!

Girls Who Code Clubs  provide completely  FREE plug-and-play curriculum and resources for educators to encourage girls’ participation in STEM as they prepare for college and career. In each Club, 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls build important life skills as they join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and learn how to use computer science to positively impact their community. Students also learn about inspiring female role models in tech to help increase female representation in our STEM programming. 

Code.org Summer Workshops

Whether you are new to teaching computer science (CS) or have previous experience, the Code.org Professional Learning Program prepares you to teach with confidence and offers year-round support. No CS experience is needed!

Take part in the program to explore the curriculum and learning tools, practice new teaching strategies, discuss classroom management, and build a community of teachers. Over 90% of attendees would recommend our program to another teacher. Scholarships and discounts are available in many regions.

Apply to be a Microsoft TEALS School!

The Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) Program helps high schools create sustainable computer science (CS) programs.  TEALS is happy to announce that we are currently accepting partner school applications for the 2020-2021 school year!  (The deadline is February 14th.) Visit Microsoft.com/TEALS to learn more.

Start a Girls Go Cyberstart Club!
Girls Go CyberStart (GGCS) is a fun, free, extracurricular online program designed to help girls across the nation discover an interest in cybersecurity. Made up of a series of digital challenges, GGCS empowers girls to explore whether they will become the next leaders in cybersecurity and help protect the web. We’ve already helped 10,000 girls take on the challenge, but we want even more young women to join the program. We’re looking for high school teachers to join us as Advisors to run GGCS Clubs in their schools.
The program is free and will give teachers hours of resources to use in and outside of their classrooms. Teachers can register to run a GGCS club between Dec. 2, 2019, and Jan. 31, 2020. Advisors don’t need to be cybersecurity experts to take part - when you register, you’ll receive a free digital resource pack to help you set up and run your Club. Then, simply guide your students through the program and watch them fly! For more info, head to ggcs.online/GetInvolved.
Upcoming Events
Partner Event: Code.org CS Fundamentals Workshop - January
Create @ Arizona Science Center
Jan 25, 2020
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
CSTA-AZ January Community Call
Virtual Meeting
Jan 28, 2020
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
CSTA-AZ Maricopa Scratch MeetUp - February
Scottsdale Microsoft Store
Feb 01, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
CSTA-AZ Tucson Meetup - February
Computer Science Department - 7th Floor Room 737 - Gould Simpson Building - University of Arizona
Feb 06, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Partner Event: Code.org CS Fundamentals Workshop - February
Create @ Arizona Science Center
Feb 29, 2020
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
CSTA-AZ Tucson Meetup - March
Computer Science Department - 7th Floor Room 737 - Gould Simpson Building - University of Arizona
Mar 05, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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