CSTA-Arizona Newsletter

May 2020

Join Us For Our May Community Call!

We invite teachers, counselors, administrators - any Arizona Computer Science Stakeholder to attend our virtual community call on Tuesday May 26th 4:30pm. The agenda for this call includes:
  • Overview of Summer CS Opportunities
  • New Summer PD: Google CSFirst with Mouse
  • New Summer PD: Inclusive STEM & CS Summit
  • CS for English Learners Partnership with National CSTA
  • Community Updates

High School - Advanced

Clubs / Libraries / After-School Programs

CSTA-Arizona News & Updates
CSFirst Summer PD
CS First is Google's free, introductory computer science program for grades 4-8 (ages 9-14). This video-based curriculum teaches students foundational CS, problem-solving and collaboration skills through themes related to students’ interests. CS First can be used within classrooms, or as part of after-school programs in schools, libraries, or community spaces. Learn how to use this free computer science grades 4-8 curriculum that makes coding easy to teach and fun to learn on Scratch. No experience necessary for students or teachers.
Read below to learn more about this program and sign up for one of several summer workshops.
Inclusive STEM & CS Summit

The Inclusive STEM & CS Summit aims to provide quality professional development for educators focused on pedagogy and instruction in STEM and computer science.

100% of the proceeds of The Inclusive STEM & CS Summit will be donated to organizations that support STEAM/CS programs, such as Black Girls Who Code, Indigenous STEAM/AISESLatinoSTEMAPIA Scholars.

The event takes place on June 19th & 20th. Schedule & Registration Information Below

CSTA 2020 Conference

There is a whole community of computer science educators just like you out there. If you are looking for inspiration, for connection, and for a chance to be rejuvenated, join us at CSTA 2020, set for July 13 - 14, 2020. While we all won’t be meeting together in Arlington this year, we’re excited to still put on the same conference you’ve come to love — created by teachers, for teachers.

CSTA's Annual Conference is a chance for computer science teachers to come together for learning, networking, and fun. We are a community of educators who are changing the lives of students every day in our classrooms. We are eager to share our knowledge and to learn from one another.

Our two-day virtual conference has over 100 sessions of education to broaden your knowledge of computer science education, inspirational keynotes and sessions to reinvigorate your passion for teaching, and countless moments of fun and connection along the way. If you are looking for new and exciting ways to engage with your students in your classroom, look no further than CSTA 2020. You don't want to miss out on this great experience. 

Read More for more information about the conference and how to register!

CSforEL Teacher Leaders
Computer science is the fastest growing subject in the US, yet English learners are dramatically under-represented in these courses. CSforEL is a new 4-year research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to attract, retain and engage English learners (EL) in AP Computer Science Principles (CSP). We seek CSforEL teacher leaders who will help us identify and test strategies and develop lessons and materials that effectively support ELs in CSP during our project’s pilot year (2020-21). We will rely on their expertise to develop the professional development in future project years.
Click below to learn more about this program
Partner Events - Summer Opportunities
Arizona is fortunate to have a strong community of teacher-led organizations that support teacher professional development. These organizations include:
Click below for more information about summer PD opportunities facilitated by these teacher-led organizations.
New CS education courses this summer!
The course for Block-based Educational Programming Language for Educators is developed to learn the Scratch programming, and the Text-based course is for learning about Python.