CSinPA: February 2022

CELEBRATIONS AND SHOUT-OUTS

Join us in congratulating schools awarded the 2021 Advanced Placement (AP) CS Female Diversity Award, given to schools with females representing 50%+ of all CS exam takers, or a percentage of CS exam takers meeting or exceeding the school's female population.


AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP): Cochranton Junior-Senior High School (HS), Emmaus HS, Methacton HS, Ridley HS, Gwynedd Mercy Academy HS, Hanover Senior HS, Whitehall HS, Jenkintown Middle/High School, Lancaster Country Day School, Schuylkill Valley HS, Mifflin County HS, Villa Maria Academy, Merion Mercy Academy, Kohelet Yeshiva HS, Constitution HS, Hardy Williams Academy Mastery Charter School, Imhotep Institute Charter HS, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Samuel Fels HS, Phoenixville HS, Cornell HS, North Catholic HS, Grier School, Wyomissing Area HS


AP Computer Science A (AP CSA): Global Vision Christian School, Lansdale Catholic High School, Jack M Barrack Hebrew Academy, Academy at Palumbo, Episcopal Academy


AP CSP and AP CSA: Karns City HS, Keystone Oaks HS, Oakland Catholic HS


Did you know?

Female students who take AP CSP are more than 5x likely to major in CS in college, compared to similar students who did not take it (College Board, 2022). AP CSP is an introductory experience designed to attract a broad range of students to CS, especially those from historically underrepresented groups. The course does not require any previous experience in CS and does not focus on a specific programming language. To learn more:

  • Explore the College Board website. (AP CSP)

  • Email us and we’ll schedule time to chat about how AP CSP and AP CSA can expand CS opportunities in your community

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Ongoing / Recurring

K-12 Open Office Hours: February 22, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

No registration needed. Click here to join via Zoom


School/District Teams: SCRIPT (CS strategic planning)

Dates vary; workshops hosted locally by IUs


K-8 Pathway

Dates vary; cohorts hosted locally by IUs


7-12 Praxis Prep Pathway

Registration will close February 15 for our newest cohort.


The 100% virtual pathway is open to any PA 7-12 educators who are currently teaching or will soon be teaching a CS course and are planning to take the 7-12 CS Praxis required for certification. Act 48 credit hours are available. Click here to learn more and register.


7-12 CS teachers: use this Google Form to tell us your plans for the exam and certification, and if relevant, request reimbursement. The form allows for multiple submissions allowing you to update your status with the exam.

  • The form is also used for the reimbursement program. Reimbursement is available for educators paying out of pocket to register for the exam and/or apply for the add-on certificate.


Peer tutoring is available to participants in any current or previous PaTTAN 7-12 Pathway who are preparing for the Praxis exam. Click here to schedule a session.


Note: Peer Tutoring and Reimbursement may not be available in the 2022 - 2023 school year. These programs are funded through June 30, 2022. At this time we cannot confirm that the programs will continue past June so we strongly encourage teachers to take advantage of these opportunities before it's too late.

New / Limited-Time Only

School/District Teams: Drones Professional Learning

Applications are still being accepted for cohort 3. Click here for more information.


IU TaC: CS Innovations

The CS Innovations professional learning series allows TaC to explore foundational CS concepts and practices through model activities using hands-on resources that remove barriers for students with disabilities. The series will kick off on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at the Hershey Lodge from 8:00 - 11:15 am (right before the PDE Conference kick-off). Click here for more information.


Everyone Invited! - PA CSTA Chapters Statewide Virtual Unconference

March 19, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) chapters in Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Susquehanna, Longwood, Philadelphia) invite anyone interested in K-12 CS education to attend this event for professional learning and networking. There is no cost to attend and Act 48 credit is available. Click here to register.

MORE RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Explore even more Opportunities, Resources, & Current Events in the Google Doc linked below.

Here's one more thing we're excited about this month:

2022 CSforAll PA Summit

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the fifth annual Pennsylvania Computer Science For All (CSforAllPA) Summit will be held June 22-23, 2022 at PaTTAN Harrisburg and online.


Apply to present.

The request for proposals (RFP) for the Summit is open. Proposals are due February 21, 2022.


Nominate an educator for the Exemplary Educator Award.

In conjunction with the Summit, the CSinPA team would like to recognize outstanding K-12 CS educators for their efforts to expand CS learning for all. At the Summit, the three finalists will be featured in a panel discussion and the winner will be announced.

  • Apply for the award here.
  • Nominate someone for the award here.

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