CSinPA | February 2021

Celebrations & Shout-Outs

Congratulations to these educators who are among the first to pass the PA 7-12 CS Certification exam:

Michael Lee (United SD), Jeffrey Wile (Warwick SD), Josh Fleming (Palmyra Area SD), Luke Herron (Keystone Central SD), Megan Altebrando (Montoursville Area SD), Jesse Saunders (Avella Area SD), Gerald Aungst (Cheltenham SD), Robert Svitilla (Saucon Valley SD)

Since the announcement of the certification and exam in December, we've been working hard to connect with 7-12 CS teachers.

  • Tell us your plans for the certification and exam with this Google Form. The form allows for multiple submissions allowing you to update your status with the exam (before/after you register, and after you take the exam).

  • Prepare for the exam. Any PA 7-12 CS teacher that did not participate in a Targeted Grant 7-12 PDE Pathway is eligible to enroll in a self-paced online course to prepare for the exam. There is no cost to participate and Act 48 credit is available. Learn more here.

We’d also like to give a special shout out to Jordan Brennan, from Young Scholars Charter School.

Mrs. Brennan is involved in both the 2019-20 PAsmart Targeted Grant K-8 pathway and 7-12 pathway. In a recent pathway activity, Mrs. Brennan shared that she wants other teachers to view computer science as “something that can be utilized in any content area whether the teacher has experience or not with programming/CS.” We couldn’t agree more, Mrs. Brennan!

We love learning about what’s going on with your efforts to expand CS in your community. Share with a tweet with #CSinPA or email us at csforall@pattan.net.

Professional Learning

Join us at PETE-C!

We'll be facilitating these sessions next week:

  • Feb. 9, 10:30 - 11:15 am. Supporting #CSforAllPA with UDL Resources
  • Feb. 10, 6:45 - 8:00 pm. Introducing the CS Equity in PA Guide
  • Feb. 11, 10:30 - 11:15 am. Ways to Engage in and Expand #CSinPA

CSforAllPA Monthly Meet-Up: Feb. 17, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

This month we’re introducing our brand new Family Toolkit, available on our website starting February 5th. This toolkit will help families engage in and encourage their students to participate in CS. Register here.

Thanks to all who provided feedback on our Equity Guide for K-12 Administrators at the January meet-up. We’re looking forward to sharing the guide publicly by the end of February, but if you’re attending PETE-C Conference, you can attend our session on February 10th at 6:45 PM to learn more!

Monthly Drop-in Office Hours: Feb. 23, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Drop by our Zoom rooms to chat with us about CS education. No registration needed.
K-8: Click here to join via Zoom

7-12: Click here to join via Zoom

PaTTAN Ed-SLAM: Feb. 24

K-12 educators: Join us as we share our experiences and celebrate your accomplishments at the PaTTAN Ed-SLAM Symposium, a forum for sharing ideas, celebrating successes, and supporting all Pennsylvania teachers in virtual and hybrid environments. Click here for more information.

2019-20 PAsmart Targeted Grant Pathways

K-8 Pathway

Participants are finishing up the “Day 6 Virtual Experience,” the final component of the pathway. We’re looking forward to learning about their implementation pilot projects and next steps during live sessions taking place February 15-19th.

7-12 Pathway

Participants are diving into a new online course focused on instructional design, student recruitment, and advocacy, as well as preparing for the 7-12 CS certification (Praxis exam).

Resources & Opportunities

New additions to the #CSinPA resource collection:

CS Course Data Analysis Worksheet

We created this worksheet in Google Sheets for educators to compare the demographics of students in their CS courses to the overall enrollment of their school. This worksheet makes it easy to identify equity gaps in CS courses and hopefully, leads to efforts to close such gaps. To learn more about underserved populations of students in PA K-12 education, click here.

Other resources & opportunities:

In addition to sharing our own resources, we update this Google Doc whenever we come across something related to CS education we think others in #CSinPA might find interesting. Bookmark it and you’ll have a list of new products, professional development, student scholarships, and more, right at your fingertips.

We send alerts through our Schoology course about things that really catch our attention or are specific to Pennsylvania, too. Join the course and you’ll never miss out!

Here's something we're really excited about right now, especially as we begin celebrating Black History Month:

Your Voice is Power

In Your Voice is Power, students learn about CS careers held by people of color, how music and CS are being used to fight for racial justice, and how to remix music using CS! Students remix Pharrell’s new song “Entrepreneur” using Python computer code and are invited to upload their own sounds to the EarSketch library. Students can also use computer code to remix Ciara’s songs “Set” and “Melanin” and Common’s “God is Love” on EarSketch, and more songs will be added to the library throughout the year.

Students may submit their creations to the "Your Voice is Power" competition, open now through June 4, 2021. Five students will win a $5,000 scholarship or grant to start a business, and five teachers will receive $1,000 for above and beyond instruction.

Your Voice is Power is a collaboration between Amazon, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Pharrell Williams, and Yellow.

A special Valentine's message

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