CSinPA: December 2021


Training and Consultation to Implement Computer Science

The CSinPA team recently launched a program for TaC especially interested in growing their capacity as leaders in CS education. 15 TaC from IUs across Pennsylvania are participating in this pilot project:

Scott Dougherty, AIU3; Steven Sheirer, MIU4; Christy Adams, IU5; Deena Croyle, RUI6; Andrea Zern, IU8; Rachael Paladino, IU9; Chelly Ney-Shaffer, IU12; Tom Esposito, IU13; Dana Vermilya, IU17; Cara Devine, LIU18; BT Lively, IU19; Missy Petrilak, CIU20; Ben DeSantis MCIU; Lauren Walker, CCIU; Al Fielder, IU28

The TACTICS team will engage in CS professional learning, independent exploration, and collaborative projects to:

  • Increase their own CS capacity and that of the IU and LEAs they support
  • Curate and create CS instructional resources that remove barriers for students with disabilities
  • Increase understanding of supports TaC provide across the CSinPA network


Open Office Hours: December 21, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

No registration needed.

K-8 Pathway

Dates vary; cohorts hosted locally by IUs

7-12 Praxis Prep Pathway

Registration is ongoing
7-12 CS teachers, share your certification & exam status with this survey.

School/District Teams: SCRIPT (CS strategic planning)

Dates vary; workshops hosted locally by IUs

School/District Teams: Drones Professional Learning

Applications are still being accepted for cohorts 2 and 3. Click here for more information.


CSinPA Monthly Meet-Up: December 15, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Reflections & Resolutions

Join us for our last meet-up of 2021! Following a brief review of all things CSinPA in 2021 and preview of what’s ahead for 2022, we’ll share aspirations for the expansion of CS education in 2022 and what we can do individually and collaboratively to achieve our goals. Click here to register.

2021 State of CS Education Report

The annual report on K-12 computer science in the U.S. provides an update on national and state-level CS education policy and includes participation and access data illuminating under-representation and continued disparities in access to CS education. Click here to see the state handout for Pennsylvania.

PA CSTA chapters

Basic membership in the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is FREE and educators may join multiple chapters (Pittsburgh, Susquehanna, Longwood, Philadelphia).

Upcoming events:

  • Susquehanna - Chapter meeting: December 2, 7:30 pm. Discuss and share CSEd Week resources.
  • Longwood - Chapter meeting: December 6, 6:00 pm
  • Susquehanna - Chapter meeting: January 26, 7:30. Attend a free professional development with Phidgets Edu
  • PA CSTA chapters statewide virtual unconference: March 19, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The virtual unconference is open to anyone interested in K-12 CS education, and offers opportunities for professional learning and networking. There is no cost to attend and Act 48 credit is available. Registration will open soon on the PaTTAN website.

Click here to explore more Opportunities, Resources, & Current Events (Google Doc).

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

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is December 6-12.

The 2021 theme, #CSEverywhere is about all the ways CS impacts and connects to our everyday lives.

You heard it here first! Really!

This month's newsletter is also the premier of "Step by Step by Step" a special song about CSinPA created by our friends at BrightNow! (known for their awesome work on Ready, Set, Music!). Over the next few months, we'll share accompanying resources and activities you can use to engage learners in CS using "Step by Step by Step." We can't wait!

Turn up your volume and click below to listen to "Step by Step by Step."

CSEdWeek 2021 Celebrate with PaTTAN