CSforAZ News

Issue 6: April 2018

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Register for Designing K-12 Computer Science Pathways Summit

On June 12, 2018 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm the Computer Science for All (CS for ALL) team will guide selected district teams through a strategic planning process based on the School CSforAll Resource & Implementation Planning Tool (SCRIPT) (see example here) at ASU West.

This FREE SCRIPT workshop is designed to support school district teams in the design of K-12 computer science pathways, using a new tool in development called the SCRIPT to guide the process. Teams spend quite a bit of time working through a series of rubrics (see example here) to enable detailed self-assessments and goal-setting in categories like curriculum/materials, leadership, teacher capacity, infrastructure, partnerships, and community.

Register here for your districts to be accepted to the workshop in teams (minimum of 3 participants, max 6) that must include at least:

  • one central office administrator K – 12,

  • one building principal,

  • one elementary LMS, middle or high school computer science teacher

CS Principles Professional Development with Beauty and Joy of Computing coming to Arizona

Save the Date and Register!

  • July 9-13, 2018

  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff

The Beauty and Joy of Computing is a College Board endorsed curriculum and professional development for the AP Computer Science Principles course. BJC professional development workshops are coordinated by Dr. Tiffany Barnes at North Carolina State University with generous funding from the National Science Foundation (grants 1542922 & 1346922).

Attending our PD is equivalent to attending an AP Institute. Teachers will also earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for attending and completing the PD work. In addition to learning about the AP CSP exam, our participants learn about the BJC curriculum (http://bjc.edc.org/), our programming environment Snap!, and our BJC community of practice. (Note: teachers attending our BJC PD are not required to teach an AP version of BJC).

We will be offering BJC professional development near you (see date/location above). Teachers who complete the requirements will be eligible for a stipend of up to $500 plus travel and lodging expenses. The $75 cost of the workshop fee can be waived on case-by-case basis and includes all materials, and ongoing support by our BJC team.

Learn more about the BJC curriculum at http://bjc.edc.org. Apply for this BJC PD opportunity at bjc.link/BJCPDApp2018

Check out the BJC FAQ here

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Students Can Prepare for a Computer Science Career with the Amazon Future Engineer Pathway

As part of Amazon’s $50M commitment to Computer Science (CS) Education, students now have access to Advanced Placement (AP) CS course offerings, scholarships, and early college internships through the Amazon Future Engineer Pathway.

The Amazon Future Engineer Pathway creates accessible learn-to-work opportunities for students through three key steps:

Read More Here

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CSTA - Oracle Academy Scholarships

CSTA and Oracle Academy are delighted to announce that applications for Oracle Academy Scholars - CSTA Conference Scholarships are now open! For the third consecutive year, Oracle Academy will be helping to send outstanding first-time conference attendees to the annual CSTA conference.

The CSTA conference is the leading conference for K-12 teachers who teach computing to learn, network, and develop a community of practice. In 2018, the CSTA conference will be held Omaha, Nebraska, from July 7-10. If you're a first-time attendee, don't miss this opportunity - applications close on May 1, 2018.

To be eligible for the scholarship, teachers must fit the following criteria:

  • Applicant is a first time K-12 teacher attendee of the CSTA Annual conference

  • Applicant may be, but does not have to be, a teacher at an Oracle Academy member institution

  • Must apply for the scholarship no later than May 1, 2018

Winners will receive a scholarship funded by Oracle Academy to attend the 2018 CSTA Annual Conference, up to $1,000 per awardee, to include:

  • Conference registration;

  • Up to 3 nights of lodging at the conference venue (or comparable location if the conference venue is sold out);

  • Travel expense support (toward transportation and meals);

  • Special recognition as an Oracle Academy Scholar at the conference.

In 2018, 33 Oracle Academy Scholar - CSTA Conference Scholarships will be awarded. After May 1, recipients will be selected by the listed objective criteria, using a pre-determined process. The 33 winners will be notified by May 15, 2018, and will then be given detailed instructions to finalize travel plans. Further rules/obligations outlined on application.

Apply here.

Deadline extended - Infosys Pathfinders Summer Institute

Infosys Foundation USA will host the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018, an intensive week of in-person professional development in Computer Science and Making, at Indiana University Bloomington from July 15-20, 2018.

Over 800 US K-12 public school teachers will convene at #InfyPathfinders for high-quality hands-on training. All tuition, airfare, room and board for teacher participants will be paid. To make it possible for teachers to attend Pathfinders at no cost, funds from Infosys Foundation USA will need to be matched by schools, districts, PTAs or the donor community at DonorsChoose.org. Click here for detailed information on how the process works. Click here to view current demand for your preferred course.

All K-12 public school teachers are invited to apply. Special consideration will be given to high-needs schools, teachers from under-represented communities, those new to teaching CS and Making, and districts demonstrating significant commitment to these subjects.

The last day for submitting applications for any Pathfinders course is April 27, 2018.


CSforAZ is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to enabling all K-12 students in Arizona to have access to computer science (CS) education.