Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field. Click here to learn more about CSEdWeek
CSTA-Arizona and the SciTech Institute are expanding this event to offer workshops and resources for both students & teachers to participate in throughout December. Check back here often to see the most up-to-date list of resources & events during this month.

Workshops & Events for Students

Check the gallery of events below for virtual activities you & your students can participate in as part of CS Education Month. Teachers who support class participation in a CSEd Week event could be eligible for prizes - see below for details!

Daily Themed Activities

We've curated a list of activities students & classrooms can participate in based on daily themes.
If you have an activity you'd like to contribute to this list, please fill out this form
Workshops & Events

Teacher Summit

We are hosting a 1-day teacher summit to help support teachers who would like to offer a Computer Science or Computational Thinking activity as part of their classroom in December. Teachers from all backgrounds are welcome, even if this may be your first time introducing computer science to your classrooms. 

Raffles & Prizes!

Any teacher who
(1) Attends our teacher summit
(2) Uses social media to post about their class participating in a CSEd Week activity 
Will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Amazon Gift card. We have 30 gift cards available for teachers. Big thanks to Mister Car Wash for sponsoring this opportunity!
CSTA-AZ News & Events
We're excited to announce that Monthly Community Calls are returning for the 2022 school year! Please join us for monthly updates on opportunities and events for CS in Arizona. Our first call of the new year will be Tuesday January 4th at 4:30pm and calls will continue on the first Tuesday of each month. Click Here to RSVP and receive an event invite.
Let's Talk Code is a cohort-based professional development project for teachers on or around the Navajo Nation. Participants will:
  • Learn how to integrate programming and coding into current course content, such as math, science or art

  • Explore cultural/community topics to anchor student learning in computer science and engineering

  • Receive up to 30 hrs. of Professional Development Credit

  • Earn up to $1,000 Stipend ($500 for completion of Course Sessions / $500  for completion of Classroom Application)

There are still spots available in this year's cohort for teachers on or around the Navajo Nation! For more information, visit the Let's Talk Code website to contact the organizers.

TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) is a FREE Microsoft Philanthropies program that builds sustainable computer science programs in high schools, with a focus on serving students excluded from learning CS because of race, gender, or geography.

TEALS provides

• Rigorous curricula and resources approved by CS educators and industry professionals
• Resources and training to develop diverse and inclusive CS classrooms
• Sustained access to volunteers with deep knowledge of CS and industry experience
• A supportive community that allows teachers to build their subject matter knowledge
• Personalized support from a dedicated Regional Manager
• Remote or in-person volunteer support

The TEALS program is also aligned with the 2-year CTE Software and App Design sequence in Arizona

Click here to learn more

The CSforEL Project is a new 4-year research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, designed to attract, retain, and engage English learners (EL) in AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) throughout Arizona, New Mexico, San Diego County, and Orange County.

CSforEL Benefits for Participating Districts

Participating districts and schools will receive:
  • Increased enrollment of English learners in AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP)
  • Increased number of qualifying scores by English learners in AP CSP
  • 40+ hours of professional development over the summer and throughout the school year per cohort
  • 10+ hours of professional development over the summer for at least one principal and counselor per participating school  
CSTA-Arizona is launching our Virtual Community, a message board and forum for members to connect, share resources, and have discussions relevant to their classrooms.
We're excited to launch this much-needed resources, especially since local meetups have been a struggle in recent years. We encourage you to use this new virtual community in similar ways as our in-person meetups: to find folks teaching in similar contexts, to share resources and ideas with other teachers, and most importantly: to connect with other computer science educators and avoid the feeling of being "the only" computer science educator in your community.
You will need to sign in or create an account to view all of the messages in the community and create a posts. We recommend starting in the Introduce Yourself thread, then exploring other topics such as the State of CS Report Discussion Thread. Since this community is still very new, there aren't a lot of threads available yet - we encourage you to start your own and connect with other educators!
Join the SciTech Institute's STEM Lunchtime Conversations on Thursday December 2nd for an overview and discussion of the State of Computer Science report, focusing on the data for Arizona schools and districts. This discussion will include an overview of the data led by members of CSTA-Arizona, then a chance to explore the data in breakout rooms and discuss trends, wonderings, and next-steps with members of the community. This is an opportunity to explore the computer science data in Arizona hands-on, and network with fellow community members to discuss trends and actions for improvement.

Professional Development Funding

Schools & Districts bringing new Computer Science course offerings within the next 2 years are eligible to apply for the Department of Education CSPD Fund. These funds can be used exclusively for professional development, including supporting teachers to attend future Computer Science professional development.

Click Here for More Information

Computer Science Endorsement

Professional Development credits are eligible to count for the Arizona Computer Science Endorsement, which can be used to certify a teacher as qualified to teach Computer Science

K-8 Endorsement

6-12 Endorsement

Credit Hour Justification Sheet

Thank You To Our Partners!