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12/13 Newsletter

Published on December 13, 2019 by EPIC Team


As 2019 draws to a close and a new decade begins, we'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy, festive holiday season from everyone at EPIC. We look forward to empowering your professional growth in 2020!

Introduction to Programming (Part 2)


This training builds upon the November 11, 2019 foundation workshop that explored block-based coding through the trinket.io platform. Activities will scaffold experiences from block to text based coding.

These trainings can be taken independently or as a comprehensive set to build content knowledge and understanding. Register for this January 13-14 workshop here.

TEA Grant


The purpose of this grant is to assist applicants in fostering innovation through the identification and promotion of promising and proven CTE and WBL programs, practices, and strategies that prepare individuals for college and career; and promoting the development, implementation, and adoption of programs of study or career pathways aligned with state identified high skill, high-wage, in-demand occupations or industries.

Applications must be received by the Texas Education Agency by 5:00 p.m. (Central Time), January 7, 2020, to be considered for funding.

TEA anticipates awarding approximately 100 grants up to $50,000. For more information and to apply, search for "2019-2020 Summer Career and Technical Education Grant" here.



The Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) Program mission is to help high school build/grow computer science programs by getting school community members that are industry professionals into the classroom to co-teach computer science. TEALS has school partnerships in 30 states and are partnered with over 90 schools in Texas. The partnerships allow teachers to get a full school year of professional development in computer science while the students get a robust computer science class. We train our volunteers for three days going over our curriculum along with computer science pedagogy.

TEALS is offered at zero cost to school districts. For more information please visit us at https://aka.ms/TEALSinTexas



Governor Abbott recently issued a press release about a partnership with the SANS Institute on a program called GirlsGoCyberStart. The partnership will focus on recruiting high school female students in fifteen states, including Texas, for a free online game for students to discover their talents in cybersecurity and learn more about computer security training.

Girls Go Cyber Start encourages all young women to participate, especially those who do not study computer science or have IT knowledge or experience. Teachers interested in becoming Club Advisors do not need experience either.

Registration is open now through January 31. Student teams will complete an assessment (CyberStart Assess), and those teams that qualify will move forward to the CyberStart Game. The earlier a team is registered, the more time they have available to complete the assessment, which also closes on January 31. See https://www.girlsgocyberstart.com/ for more information.

More EPIC + WeTeach_CS professional development opportunities can be found on the UTakeIt website.