Dancing through September with LOTS of exciting information for you! 

Here's the TL;DR newsletter highlights:
  1. 💰 Exciting events AND funding available to support K-12 CS in Iowa!
  2. Renewing your license? ✅ Earn 1 credit with our CS Learning Series! Attend events, earn credit!
  3. Looking for ways to engage students? Check out 3 student events below. 👨🏾‍💻
  4. SAVE THE DATE 🗓 for the Midwest is Best CSEd Virtual Unconference on March 5th, 2022!
  5. Help out your CS friends 📝 by completing a few QUICK surveys.
Got a few minutes? Keep reading! There's lots of good stuff, we promise!

⏰ Time Sensitive - Share with your K-5 Admin ASAP!

Invite your school's administrators to join the K-5 CS Education Summit this Wednesday. It's ONLY 1 HOUR and will include national speakers and an Iowa specific breakout with information and resources to help districts meet Iowa's CS requirements and plan for high quality CS education for all of Iowa's students! Register at bit.ly/CSK5Register ASAP!
District CS Requirements, Funding, & Supports
Did you know that there are Computer Science requirements for all public and accredited non public schools in Iowa included in the Future Ready Act (HF 2629)? Don't panic! There are multiple funding and professional development opportunities to help your district meet the Computer Science Requirements! Each AEA has resources & PD ready to help your district with this work.
CS License Renewal Credit Available for CSTA Iowa & CSTA Events
Attend Events. Earn Credit! Need a license renewal credit? Planning to attend CSTA Iowa and CSTA events this year? Sign up for our CS Learning Series and start earning License Renewal Credit today!
Iowa STEM Teacher Awards Nominations 

Do know an exceptional CS educator? Of course you do! Why not nominate them for the Iowa STEM Teacher Award? Nominations close October 10th, 2021.

Student Event: American Computer Science League
American Computer Science League (ACSL) organizes team computer programming and computer science contests for K-12 schools, organizations and local groups, led by an adult advisor. The 2021-2022 school year will be their 44th year of continuous operation! Last year, over 500 teams in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia participated.
Student Event: Devs Do Good Hackathon
Join central Iowa high school students who are passionate about technology for a 10 hour community hackathon on November 6th, 2021 sponsored by Devs Do Good. You'll build new technology solutions for non-profits, gain skills and make new friends.
Student Event: Go Further ISU STEM Conference
Go Further is a conference for female-identifying students (this includes those who are cisgender, trans, nonbinary) in grades 8-10 to learn about various STEM fields, STEM opportunities at Iowa State, and to interact with female-identifying STEM role models. There are options to attend in person and virtual this fall.
Save the Date - Virtual Chapter Meetings
We've got BIG PLANS for chapter meetings, events, and learning for the 2021-22 school year! First up - save the dates for our Virtual Chapter Meetings on Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00p on Zoom all year!

Save the Date - CSEd Virtual Unconference

Save the date for the first annual Midwest is Best CSEd Unconference! Join CS Educators from across the Midwest for a virtual, informal day of connectiong and learning from fellow CS educators in our region.

🎵 A little help FOR our CS friends 🎶

Attention K-12 teachers! Help Professor Michelle Friend (University of Nebraska) understand the problems that K-12 teachers face when teaching computer science and computational thinking. Complete this survey in about 10 minutes and you'll be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift card!
Attention K-12 CS, Math, STEM, & Teacher Librarians! Help graduate student Olivia Firth (Montana State University) collect information on the current state of K-12 CS education in the US. Complete this survey and contact Olivia at olivia.firth.r@gmail.com if you'd like to be interviewed for this project.
Interested in attending the 2022 CSTA Annual Conference in Chicago next July? CSTA Iowa will be seeking business partners to help sponsor the cost of our members attending the conference next summer. Share your interest and what financial supports by completing this survey so we can advocate for funding on your behalf.

CSTA Iowa Computer Science Learning Series
Virtual Course
Sep 14, 2021 4:00 PM -
May 06, 2022
Holiday Inn Convention Center
Sep 22, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021
National Summit for K-5 Computer Science Education
Virtual Summit
Sep 22, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
View entire list

On Demand CS PD - Our YouTube Channel!
Are you looking for resources to support the implementation of CS in your building or district? Did you know that we have our very own YouTube Channel? Check it out for recordings of the learning happening at our chapter meetings!
CSTA Iowa Spotlight on Alex Halverson
This month CSTA Iowa shines a spotlight on Alex Halverson. Alex teaches Math, Physics, and Computer Science and serves as an instructional mentor coach and assistant director of large group speech at Spencer High School.
A warm welcome to our new members this month! 
  • Wendy Bailey - Fort Madison Schools
  • Sara Richardson - Indianola Schools
  • Betty Lee - Ballard Community Schools
  • Katie Claeys - Ballard Community Schools
  • Alicia Patten - Heartland AEA
  • Jen Dovre - Ballard Community Schools
  • Tara Troester - Cedar Rapids Schools
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