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
The CSforEL Project 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) in Arizona, New Mexico, San Diego County, and Orange County. We are currently looking for district and school level participation in The CSforEL Project in terms of relationship and partnership building, data gathering efforts, and conversation with our Evaluation Team Leads to help determine treatment and control schools and to identify schools and teachers to participate in our first PD cohort during the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in more information about The CSforEL Project, please contact Erika C. Burt at erika.burt@csteachers.org.
Don’t miss the opportunity to receive a grant for up to $25,000! Public Schools that offer instruction in grades 9 through 12 and seek professional development to train educators to offer a new course(s) in computer science can qualify for up to $25,000. The Computer Science Professional Development (CSPD) grant funding is designed to be used to provide professional development for a high school teacher or teachers to teach a computer science course that is not currently offered at the high school. For example, if High School J offers a Code.org class and would like add a new course in Java scripting, it could apply for funding to use to provide professional development to one or more of its teachers to begin offering the Java course. Or, if High School J does not offer any computer science courses, it could apply for funding to use to provide professional development to one or more of its teachers to begin offering a computer science course. Attached are the Application Rubric and the Guidance Document to assist you with the application process.  Please reach out to Sarah.Sleasman@azed.gov
SciTech Institute™ is excited to announce the 2021 Arizona SciTech Festival season begins Jan. 30 and runs through Feb. 28, marking 10 years of inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) across Arizona. Arizonans of all ages will enjoy fun and engaging events and activities offered during this annual celebration while building their STEM knowledge. Several sessions are computer science focused - click below to learn more about the festival and see a list of computer science related events!
CS Discoveries and CS Principles professional learning programs are year-long programs consisting of a 5-day workshop held during the summer, followed by 4 quarterly one-day sessions throughout the school year. Each of the follow-up sessions are held on a Saturday and engage participants in continued learning of the curriculum, pedagogy, and resources needed for a successful year. 
 
The cost of the year-long program is $1,500 per participant. However, thanks to corporate sponsors such as GoDaddy, we are able to reduce the cost to $500 per participant. There are a limited number of full scholarships available from Code.org for qualifying teachers. 
 
For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.azscience.org/educators/codeorg-regional-partner/
Groups in Arizona were recently awarded an NSF grant to establish the Arizona K-8 Consortium Hub, a network of Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships (RPPs) that will work to integrate computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) into rural and tribal K-8 education. The Hub will work with practitioners and researchers to establish five regional RPPs across Arizona. The Hub's primary role will be to support regional RPPs logistically (partnership building, grant writing) as well as by developing and implementing an integrated Professional Development (PD) and Professional Learning Community (PLC) platform that builds local capacity. Click here for more information about the grant.

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.
 

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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

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