We made it to November! 🎉  We hope you'll take a few moments this month to express your gratitude!
We are grateful for YOU, our members, and all you do to ensure every student in Iowa gets high quality computer science instruction!
There is a lot of content coming your way this month!
  • Register: November Virtual Networking & Social Hour 11/12 @7p
  • Register: November Virtual Member Meeting 11/17 @7p- Hour of Code Resources

November Updates & Announcements

CS Ed Week & Hour of Code is Almost Here!

CS Ed Week & Hour of Code will be December 7th-13th, 2020! 

The Computer Science for Good (#CSforGood) theme introduced last year will be continued this year. 
You can learn more about this year's event and plans in this article from Code.org on Medium. Register your event at hourofcode.org and be sure you add #CSforIA to your social media posts so we can all share the awesome learning happening during CS Ed Week!

Not sure how you'll celebrate yet?

CSTA Iowa is hosting a virtual meeting on Tuesday, November 17th @ 7p to share ideas and resources to help you Teach, Lead, and Share computer science during CS Ed Week. Please be sure you register here.
Self-paced Computer Science Standards Courses Now Available
Interested in learning more about Iowa's Computer Science Standards? Check out the Iowa Computer Science Standards Self-paced Courses now offered on AEA Learning Online for Iowa educators.
There are two courses, one for K-8 educators and one for 9-12 educators. (Click the appropriate link to register.) Both courses contain the same content within the following 4 modules:
  • Understanding the What and Why of Computer Science,
  • the K-12 Computer Science Framework,
  • the CSTA (Iowa) Standards, and
  • Applying and Connecting the Computer Science Standards.
Educators can earn one license renewal credit for completing the course.
Updated Virtual Teaching Resources Page
Earlier this year, CSTA added resources to their website to help you navigate the swift transition to the virtual classroom. They've updated this page to provide you with new virtual teaching resources organized into four sections to help you better navigate this information.
You can filter and search for the resources you need and navigate the following sections:
  • Tips & Trainings
  • Tech Tools & Curriculum
  • Self-Care
  • Teaching About COVID-19
CSTA 2021 is Going Virtual & You Should Present!
We were so excited for CSTA 2021 to be in Chicago because the trip isn't too far for many Iowans. However, the health and safety of members, along with state guidelines for gatherings, has CSTA making the shift to virtual again. They're excited to take everything they learned from CSTA 2020 and make the virtual experience bigger and better!
Mark your calendars for July 14-15, 2021! Registration for the CSTA 2021 Virtual Conference will open later this year.  

Share the great things happening in your classroom with CSTA 2021! 

Submit a Proposal to Present — Apply by Nov. 8

Whether you are considering presenting for the first time, or are looking to present again, now is the time work on your submissions! CSTA is accepting submissions for a one-hour session, three-hour workshop, 20-minute mini-session, 45-minute Birds of a Feather discussion, or a poster session. Visit their website for more information.
Need some help with your application? Check out these resources: 
Iowa High School Tech Summit
Do you know an Iowa high school student looking to learn more about technology-based careers in Iowa? Invite them to attend the Iowa High School Tech Summit Presented by Principal Foundation on Tuesday, November 17th!

Young IT professionals will share engaging and insightful presentations focused on their experiences with internships and career paths to inspire the next generation of Iowa's high-tech workforce. 

The Summit will also allow students to connect and interact with university representatives from Iowa colleges and universities and Iowa tech companies virtually.
This event was a big hit with students and teachers last year! Teachers can register a class or group or individual students can register on their own.
2020 State of CS in Iowa
This year’s 2020 State of Computer Science Education: Illuminating Disparities shows that although we’ve made progress toward our shared goal of providing access to high-quality computer science education for every student, we still have a lot more work to do.
We encourage you to take a look at  Iowa's state specific report. We have lots to celebrate while also recognizing we have more work to do, too.

Each state page includes graphics displaying computer science policies in place and student enrollment data.

  • Detailed description of state policies that promote computer science education

  • Graph showing access to foundational computer science courses

  • AP Computer Science access and participation disparities for racial and ethnic group
To find out more, read the complete report found here.
2020-21 Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund (CSPDIF) is Open! Applications due 11/9/2020

We're excited to share that the Iowa Department of Education (IDOE) announced that the application process for the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund (CSPDIF) is now open through Nov. 9. Eligible Iowa school districts and accredited nonpublic schools may apply for funding aimed at building the computer science teacher workforce. 

Application support materials are available on the IDOE website to help guide schools and districts through the planning and application processes. Please note, there are changes to the 2020-21 application.

Applications for funding must demonstrate how schools will prepare K-12 educators to teach computer science and expand high-quality computer science instruction based on Iowa’s computer science standards adopted by the State Board of Education. 

The CSPDIF was created through 2017 legislation that encourages computer science in every school in Iowa. It is funded through a state appropriation as well as with dollars from a 2007 settlement of an Iowa class-action lawsuit filed against Microsoft Corp.

Applications should be submitted through IowaGrants. For more information on the CSPDIF, contact Wren Hoffman from our Bureau of Leading, Teaching, Learning Services, at wren.hoffman@iowa.gov.

This is a wonderful opportunity for districts to fund computer science professional development and ensure that all students in Iowa have access to high-quality. PreK-12 computer science instruction! 

November Learning & Connection Opportunities

9-12 Iowa Computer Science Standards Self-paced Course from AEA Learning Online
Online, self-paced course
Oct 19, 2020 8:00 AM -
Jun 30, 2021 11:30 PM
K-8 Iowa Computer Science Standards Self-paced Course from AEA Learning Online
Online, self-paced course
Oct 19, 2020 8:00 AM -
Jun 30, 2021 11:30 PM
Iowa High School Tech Summit
Nov 10, 2020
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
CSTA Iowa November 2020 Virtual Networking & Social Hour
Virtual Webinar
Nov 12, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MNCodes Virtual Summit
Virtual Webinar
Nov 14, 2020
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
CSTA Iowa Member Meeting - How will you celebrate CSEd Week & Hour of Code?
Nov 17, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Intro to the Finch Robot 2.0 (November 18th)
Virtual Webinar
Nov 18, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Phidgets Webinar - FREE Starter Kit & Sensor for Attendees!
Virtual Webinar
Nov 19, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Intro to the Finch Robot 2.0 (November 30th)
Virtual Webinar
Nov 30, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
View entire list

November Teaching Resources & Strategies

Hour of Code Resources
Learn today, build a brighter tomorrow.
Looking for ways to CS Ed Week and host an Hour of Code event for students? Check out the Hour of Code site to register, access resources, and explore tutorials to help students use #CSforGood!
Elementary Resource: Hour of Code Activity Collections
This month we'd like to highlight the Digital Learning Team at Grant Wood AEA's grade banded collection of Hour of Code resources and activities. You can find resources organized by PreK-2 and 3-5.
Secondary Resource: Hour of Code Activity Collections
This month we'd like to highlight the Digital Learning Team at Grant Wood AEA's CS + content area collection of Hour of Code resources and activities. You can find resources to help integrate CS into K-12 Math, Literacy, Social Studies, Science, and Music/Media/Art.
Do you have an AWESOME CS Resource to share?
Please click the button below to submit your resource.

November Member Spotlight

CSTA Iowa Spotlight on Rachella Dravis
This month CSTA Iowa shines a spotlight on Rachella Dravis. Rachella is the Teacher Leadership System Coordinator at Fort Madison Community School District.
Step up to the Spotlight!
Please click the button below so we can highlight the great CS work you're doing too!

Welcome to #CSforIA!

A warm welcome to our new members this month! 
  • Barry Brill - Woodward-Granger Schools
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

About Us

CSTA Iowa supports and connects educators across Iowa with teaching Computer Science in many forms.

Whether you teach CSP to high school students or integrate coding into elementary literacy, we're here to share resources, support your practice, and connect you with CS educators across our great state!
Visit our website: iowa.csteachers.org

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CSTA Iowa is here to support you! Please share questions and suggestions with any leadership team member or at iowa@csteachers.org

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