August Updates & Announcements

CSTA Iowa Website is LIVE!
Your CSTA Iowa Leadership Team is thrilled to announce that we now have a web site for all your CS teaching needs at!
You'll find news, events, resources, past bulletins, and information about our members throughout the site!
This is still a work in progress. Please let us know what content you'd like to see on the web site in the comments below or by dropping us an email at
CSTA 2020 Virtual Conference
We're calling the first ever virtual CSTA Conference a success! For those able to attend, we'd love to hear your conference highlights in the comments below. The amount of content and resources shared was amazing! 
A HUGE shoutout and thank you to the CSTA Iowa members who attended the social hours hosted during the CSTA 2020 Virtual Conference! We had almost 30 people join Monday night, and about 15 each Tuesday morning and Tuesday night!!!! 
Another HUGE shoutout and thank you to the CSTA Iowa members who contributed to our first ever CSTA Conference Collaborative Resource Document! Over 30 CSTA Iowa members added resources from the conference to share with other CS Educators in Iowa. You'll find CSTA Iowa member contact information & links to session slidedecks, toolkits, and more organized by a variety of topics including: 
  • hot fire! (really exciting sessions!)
  • equity,
  • topics for specific grade bands (Prek-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12),
  • adult learners (IHE & PD)
  • engagement and social-emotional learning, 
  • CS + content (ie. CS + Math, Literacy, etc.), and
  • odds & ends.
This is a wonderful and robust resource to share with other CS educators looking for inspiration and strategies to teach CS!
Did you attend the 2020 conference? Have more resources to add & share? Feel free to jump in at and follow the directions on the first slide.

August Learning & Connection Opportunities

CSforALL Webinar: Online vs. In-Class: What We need to Consider
Virtual Webinar
Aug 06, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Birdbrain Technologies -Teacher Talk: Hybrid Learning with Remote Robots
Virtual Webinar
Aug 07, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
CSTA Iowa August 2020 Virtual Networking and Problem Solving
Zoom - Please register ( for link
Aug 13, 2020
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
View entire list

August Teaching Resources & Strategies

Elementary Resource: Creative Computing Curriculum
This month we'd like to highlight the Creative Computing Curriculum for Elementary CS Teachers.
Secondary Resource: CodeCombat
This month we'd like to highlight the CodeCombat site for Secondary CS Teachers.
Do you have an AWESOME CS Resource to share?
Please click the button below to submit your resource.

August Member Spotlight

CSTA Iowa Spotlight on Jonathan Vanderah
This month CSTA Iowa shines a spotlight on Jonathan Vanderah. Jonathan teaches at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines.
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! 
  • Ashley Perrizo - Urbandale Schools
  • Glenn Varner - Cedar Rapids Schools, Metro High School
  • Michelle Meier - Central Rivers AEA
  • Nikki Pitcher - Pleasant Valley High School
  • Terra Huber - Mid Prairie Schools
  • Karin O'Loughlin - Ankeny Schools
  • Sherri Fuller - Dallas Center-Grimes 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

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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!
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