CSinPA: September 2021


We typically begin each CSinPA newsletter by recognizing individuals for their recent efforts in growing their capacity in CS or facilitating CS learning for others. We're taking a different approach in this edition, as communities across the Commonwealth begin a new school year.

This month, we're celebrating yinz | youse | y'all.

We appreciate your individual and collective involvement in expanding computer science learning across Pennsylvania. Whatever your role, location, or CS capacity is, we wish you the best of luck for the start of the 2021-22 school year.

We hope you'll continue connecting with others at upcoming CSinPA programs and in social media (tag #CSinPA). You can connect with us directly by emailing csforall@pattan.net.

Thank you for being a part of our growing CSinPA network,

- Sara, Ethan, Avni, and Jeremy


Ongoing Opportunities

K-8 Pathway

The CSinPA K-8 Pathway is open to K-8 educators interested in growing their CS capacity. Cohorts (100% virtual or hybrid) are hosted locally by our intermediate unit (IU) partners. Act 48 credit hours are available. Click here to learn more.

7-12 Praxis Prep Pathway

The 100% virtual pathway is open to 7-12 educators who are teaching a CS course in the 21-22 or 22-23 school year 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.

  • 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.

Administrator Program: Leading the Charge

The 100% virtual program provides school/district leaders with a foundational understanding of CS and a framework for increasing or expanding CS education. Leading the Charge runs from October 2021 through June 2022. Act 45 credit hours are available. Click here to learn more and register.

School/District Teams: SCRIPT

SCRIPT - the Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool - is a framework to support teams in creating or expanding upon a CS education implementation plan (CSforALL). Act 48 credit hours are available. Workshops (virtual or in-person) are hosted locally by our IU partners. Click here to find your SCRIPT facilitators in your area.

Open Office Hours: September 28, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Drop in at anytime during this session to chat with us about CS education. No registration needed.

New for 2021: CSinPA Build | Fly | Code

Expanding on the success of our 2021 pilot project, we are accepting applications for upcoming cohorts of CSinPA Build | Fly | Code.

CSinPA Build | Fly | Code

The 100% virtual program supports local education agencies (LEAs) in designing and implementing equitable CS learning opportunities using drone technology. Act 48 credit hours are available.

LEAs selected for the program will:

  • develop a comprehensive strategic plan for CS (SCRIPT)
  • design and implement CS learning activities using drones

See it in action: Click here for a video about Michelle Flaherty's (Union City SD) experience in the pilot.

Applications are due October 1, 2021. Click here to learn more.


CSinPA meet-up - Birds of a Feather: September 15, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Whether or not you’re a CS educator by title/role, you’re a valued member of the #CSinPA community. Anyone involved in CS education is welcome to attend! Breakout rooms will be used for small-group conversation among individuals with similar roles. Act 48 credit hours are available. Click here to register.

Include Neurodiversity in Foundational and Applied Computational Thinking Research Program:

Teachers doing computational thinking with students in grades 3-8 are invited to participate in research project out of the Department of Education Include Neurodiversity in Foundational and Applied Computational Thinking (INFACT) research program. Stipends ($100-$250) are available. Applications are due September 20, 2021. Click here to learn more.

CMU Robotics Lab Workgroup: Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Lab are assembling a working group to drive the creation of a website to connect their resources with PA high school educators and students. Working group members will provide feedback, requests, and guidance on the website and gain access to pilots and special events. Click here for more information.

Present at 2022 PETE&C

Share your CS expertise and experience with others at the 2022 PETE&C conference. Click here to submit your proposal by September 30, 2021.

For more resources and opportunities:

  • Click here to explore our Opportunities, Resources, & Current Events shared Doc.
  • Click here to join the CSinPA Schoology course.

Here's something we're really excited about this month:

CSK5: National Summit for K-5 CS Education

Join us on September 22 for a special one-hour event hosted by CS is Elementary.

This free, virtual event is open to anyone interested in expanding CS learning for all K-5 students. If you're reading this, you're definitely welcome!

We'll learn from national speakers and have our own Pennsylvania-specific breakout discussion.