Welcome to March, $NICK_NAME$! 

We know you're busy, so here's the TL;DR newsletter highlights:
  1. STEM Scale-up Program Applications are due March 5th! FREE CS resources & PD!
  2. CSTA Equity in Action Summit this Saturday - March 6th from 11a - 5p.
  3. CSTA Iowa's March Virtual Meeting & Social Hour is March 9th @ 7p. Our guest will share ways to get started using Girls Who Code resources.
Got a few minutes? Keep reading! There's lots of good stuff, we promise!

CSTA Iowa Bylaw Amendment Vote 🗳

CSTA Iowa has made changes to our bylaws to include language necessary for us to be included in CSTA's national non-profit group exemption status. This change will allow us to open a 💰 bank account and 💵 receive grant funds for future professional development opportunities for our members!

You can view our bylaws, with amendments here.

We need your help! Each member is asked to either approve or not approve our amendments by voting here no later than March 12th.
Iowa CS Requirements & timelines & supports, oh my!
Did you know that there are CS requirements for districts in 2022 & 2023? The Future Ready Iowa Act (House File 2629) was signed into law in June 2020 and includes requirements and timelines for computer science planning and instruction in two phases. Iowa's AEAs are planning supports to help you and your district meet both the requirements and timelines.
You can get FREE CS Teaching Resources!
You can get FREE CS teaching resources by applying for one of the 2021-22 STEM Scale-up Program. The Governor's STEM Advisory Council has announced the12 STEM programs included in their 2021-22 Scale-up program which includes 4 programs that address Pre-K-12 computer science. 
CSTA 2021 Virtual Conference Scholarships
Want to learn and network with CS teachers from across the world? Not sure how you can afford the registration fee? No fear! 2021 CSTA Conference scholarship funding is available.
HS CS Teachers - Impacts of the Pandemic on CS Education Survey
High School CS Educators are invited to complete a survey about the impacts of the pandemic on CS Education. Teachers who complete the survey will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of two $75 gift cards

Equity in Action Summit
Virtual Summit
Mar 06, 2021
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CSTA Iowa March Virtual Member Meeting & Social Hour
Mar 09, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Game Developers Virtual Conference Showcase (Free)
Virtual Conference
Mar 15, 2021 - Mar 19, 2021
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Level Up with CS Breakout Room Recordings
Last month, we hosted three breakout rooms to help you Level up your classroom with grade band specific CS resources including Scratch for elementary, Micro:bit Classroom for middle school, and Recruiting strategies from NCWIT for high school. Check out our breakout room recordings on our YouTube channel.
CSTA Iowa Spotlight on Erin Chute
This month CSTA Iowa shines a spotlight on Erin Chute. Erin is the K-12 Instructional Coach and Digital Literacy Coach for the Kingsley-Pierson Community School District.
A warm welcome to our new members this month! 
  • Jenny Nitchals - Estherville-Lincoln Central Community School District
  • Sara Whitt - Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Please help grow our CS community & resources. Complete one of the surveys linked below!

CSTA Iowa Leadership Interest & Roles
CS Resource Share
Member Spotlight Form
CSTA Iowa supports and connects educators across Iowa with teaching Computer Science.
Please contact any member of the CSTA Iowa Leadership team with questions, concerns, and ideas!
Digital Learning Consultant 
Grant Wood AEA
Iowa City
Vice President
Web & Mobile Instructor
Waterloo Career Center/Hawkeye CC
7-12 Science & CS Teacher
North Mahaska Jr/Sr High
Calculus, PreCalculus, CSP, CSA, Statistics Teacher
MOC-Floyd Valley High School
Past President
Environmental Science, AP CS, AP Research
Central Academy
Des Moines
Community Partner
Director K-12 Education
Cedar Rapids
Advocacy Agent
Computer Science Consultant
Iowa Department of Education