CSforAZ News

Issue 11: November 2018

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CS EdWeek Kickoff Event - December 1, 2018

Come celebrate, share, and network with AZTEA and CSTA-AZ! Educators and advocates who are interested in expanding CS opportunities for AZ students are invited to attend a community meet-up on December 1, 2018 at Gilbert Community Education Center from 8 am-12 noon.


6839 Gilbert E Guadalupe Community Rd, Education Mesa, AZ Center


Link to register

Join us as we collaborate to celebrate CS Education Week.

  • CS Education Week on 12/05/2018) Description: Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). https://csedweek.org/

Arizona Code.org Regional Partnership

Code.org is looking for a new Arizona Regional Partner to be a local K-12 computer science education hub, offer teacher professional learning programs, and help support the vibrant and growing local CS community. The ideal Regional Partner is a regional education unit, a nonprofit, or a university with existing, positive relationships with nearby school districts and the local education community.

Is that your organization? Please see more program details at https://code.org/educate/regional-partner or contact Sung Kim (sung@code.org) with questions.

Submit a proposal for CSTA's 2019 Conference in Phoenix

Don’t miss out on your chance to present at the 20th anniversary CSTA Annual Conference, set for July 7–10, 2019, in Phoenix. Applications for proposals will close at 11:59 p.m. PST, Dec. 2, 2018.

Educators from all grades and experience levels are encouraged to consider submitting a proposal. We’re looking for proposals that are:

  • Engaging and collaborative. Think beyond the lecture and devise new ways to engage your audience.
  • Led by educators, and grounded in the everyday practice of teaching and learning.
  • Targeted to specific grade bands and/or experience levels, with guidance for participants to easily determine what’s appropriate for their needs.
  • Aligned to the CSTA Standards.

This year, the conference is seeking proposals for three-hour workshops, one-hour sessions, 20-minute mini-sessions; and one-hour Birds of a Feather conversations. Full details can be found at cstaconference.org.

Start your proposal now

Know someone else who would be great? Nominate them to present, and we’ll reach out. Or forward them this email and let them know why you’d want to attend their session at the conference!

Important Links:

Main conference webpage: cstaconference.org

Call for proposals details: https://www.csteachers.org/page/CSTA2019CfP

Submission site: https://www.xcdsystem.com/csta/abstract/index.cfm?ID=53DHCl6

Introduction to Programming for Teachers PD Opportunity

Module Title: Introduction to Programming for Teachers

Module Dates: ​​November 26th, 2018 - December 9th, 2018

Expected Effort: ​​8 - 10 hours, self-paced.

Cost: Free! Professional Development Credits Available

Module Description: ​​This free, online, self-directed course prepares teachers to facilitate computer programming activities (such as ​hourofcode.com​) in their classroom by introducing the basics of computer programming and computer science pedagogy. The course gives teachers computer science confidence through a hands-on introduction to programming using the Python language, no experience or extra software required!. Teachers will learn to instruct computers to manipulate data, make decisions, repeat actions and define custom functions, unlocking the full capability of the machines we use every day. The course will also give some guidelines and best practices for facilitating an Hour of Code event in the classroom, and tips for productive debugging with students.

Bridging the “Encouragement Gap” in STEM +C


Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Time Zone:


Location (optional):

Online - connection details provided in registration confirmation.

Join JeffriAnne Wilder, Research Scientist at the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), as she discusses the newest research on encouragement in STEM and computing, and why an “encouragement gap” exists between boys, girls, and girls of color. Encouragement is a major factor in girls’ decisions to explore and pursue careers in STEM, and this webinar will provide an engaging discussion on how to be more inclusive and to broaden the participation of girls from all backgrounds in STEM and computing. Click HERE to register and learn more.

Mark the Date - AZ Computer Science PD Week - June 17-21, 2019

Through AZ CSPDWeek, CSTA-AZ will work with Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), Computer Science for Arizona (CSforAZ) task-force, and Arizona Department of Education to implement a week of professional development. This week of training for K-12 educators will bring together a group of CS Professional Development (PD) providers with engaging, relevant, and standards-aligned content, much of which is built on research supported by the National Science Foundation. There will also be one day dedicated to school counselors with National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). Following this week of summer PD, the educators will continue to collaborate and build resources through an ongoing community of practice that will build a strong, teacher led, computer science movement within the region.

Where: ASU College of Engineering, Tempe, AZ

When: June 17-21, 2019

Who: K-12 educators - with or without CS experience

Cost: $30

Some of the offerings include: Google CSFirst, Project GUTS (for science teachers), CSDiscoveries, Mobile CSP, CSPrinciples, Java, and more

Counselors for Computing C4C Coming to AZ

Mark the date - C4C is coming to AZ June 17, 2019 to deliver one full day of PD for school counselors.

NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C) provides professional school counselors with information and resources they can use to support ALL students as they explore computer science education and careers. Download the one-page information sheet to learn how C4C offers counselors with professional development.

Computer Science Is For Everyone

Did you know that while schools across the country and around the world are working to increase access to quality CS education, too many students — especially girls, Black, Latino, and Native American youth — feel like it’s not for them? As a result, the whole world misses out on the diverse perspectives needed to fuel innovation and drive change.

The newly published “Computer Science Is for Everyone” toolkit offers insights and guidance to help adult influencers ensure that all young people understand the value of a CS education, and feel welcomed and empowered to succeed. After all, “Closing the gender gap isn’t up to the students alone. It’s up to us — to change our behaviors, strategies and systems so that these classes and careers reflect the diversity in our communities,” says NCWIT Senior Research Scientist Dr. Brad McLain.

One insight in the “CS Is for Everyone” toolkit, released to coincide with the 2018 CSforALL Summit, suggests encouraging a “growth mindset” by treating questions, discovery, and even failure as positive parts of the learning process. Such effective feedback gives students information they can actually use to increase their learning and improve their performance (NCWIT Tips: 8 Ways to Give Students More Effective Feedback Using a Growth Mindset).

Want more practical recommendations? See Section 3 of the “NCWIT Girls in IT: The Facts” report for actions that teachers, school counselors, administrators/curriculum decision-makers, and others can take as change leaders for making computing more inclusive.

Be a Volunteer Reviewer for NCWIT's Aspirations in Computing Awards

Do you want to be inspired by the next generation of technologists? NCWIT is looking for volunteer reviewers for three separate AiC awards this 2018-19 season. Ninety-five percent of AiC application reviewers report that it was a great experience! It doesn’t take much: volunteer reviewers complete application reviews at their own pace, and spend an average of three hours reviewing. // www.aspirations.org/VolunteerReviewer


eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition for students (grades 6-9). Students are challenged to explore how STEM works in their world while working as a team to solve problems in their community. Teams will engage with scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals specializing in fields such as robotics, technology, environment, national security and safety, and alternative energy sources. Registration deadline is December 19, 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.