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2/7/20 Newsletter

Published on 2/7/2020 by EPIC Staff



WeTeach_CS

GROW WITH YOUR STUDENTS IN 2020

This week we have curated professional development opportunities to enhance the lives of you and you and your students. Find applications for elementary pedagogy training, information about #Picademy, and discover the benefits of establishing a CS honor society in your school.

While we do our best to comb the corners of the computer science world to share opportunities with you, we are always looking for more. If you would like to share your professional development opportunities, jobs, scholarships, or events with the WeTeach_CS community, please submit them to epic@consult.tacc.utexas.edu.


AMAZON

AMAZON FUTURE ENGINEER INITIATIVE

Amazon is currently accepting applications for their Future Engineer service award.

The Amazon Future Engineer sponsorship provides three years of BootUp ongoing onsite professional development to elementary teachers on the content and pedagogy of computer science education. Ongoing model teaching and coaching are an important piece of professional development and also provided onsite for teachers. A district Instructional Coach is also trained through an online Instructional Coach Course to ensure the sustainability of the program.

You can find more information and a link to the application here.


code.org

CODE.ORG RURAL CS PRINCIPLES OPPORTUNITY

Thanks to grant funding from Code.org and the Department of Education, there are new scholarships available for AP CS Principles teachers who meet the following requirements:

  • Accepted into the CS Principles Professional Learning program and registered to attend a five-day in-person workshop in:
    • Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, or San Antonio (July 13-17, 2020)
    • El Paso or the Rio Grande Valley (July 20-24, 2020)
  • Committed to attending eight 90-minute virtual workshops during the academic year (dates and times will be available based on your time zone)
  • Teaching the AP CS Principles course to at least one section of students grade 9-12 in the 2020-21 school year

Details about this opportunity are here.


CollegeBoard AP

2020 AP EXAM FUNDING AVAILABLE

The state subsidy provided through the Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) Incentive Program for the May 2020 administration will be $30 per AP and IB exam taken by an eligible student.

For eligibility and processes, please visit the TEA's Texas Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Incentive Program – State Exam Fee Subsidy for the 2019-2020 School Year website.


Picademy

PICADEMY DATES ANNOUNCED

Picademy is the Raspberry Pi Foundation's free, two-day training program that helps educators jump start their digital making journey. You'll learn how to bring coding to life and explore new ways to create with technology.

After graduating from Picademy, attendees become Raspberry Pi Certified Educators and join an active network of educators around the world. They also gain access to high-quality educational resources as well as additional professional development opportunities within our network.

Picademy North America 2020 dates are here. This summer Picademy will be in Jersey City, Indianapolis, and Oakland. Apply today!


CSTA

ESTABLISH A CS HONOR SOCIETY

CSTA is excited to offer high school teachers from across the United States the opportunity to cultivate local societies that support thriving environments for success in computing courses. This CSTA program encourages secondary students' enthusiasm for computer science, honors academic excellence, and promotes service.

In CSTA's The Advocate, Partner Representative Hai Hong discusses the importance of CSTA's Computer Science Honor Society program.