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5/11/20 Newsletter

Published on 5/11/20 by EPIC Staff




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CODE.ORG PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PROGRAMS: COVID-19 UPDATE

Given the unknowns, The University of Texas at Austin is restructuring the CS Discoveries and CS Principles workshops to a virtual online experience during the same weeks: July 13-17, 2020 and July 20-24. Our intention is to offer follow-up school-year sessions that will include virtual and in-person options.

For up to-date information, scholarship and funding opportunities, along with teacher expectations, please visit this site.


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CYBERSECURITY FUNDAMENTALS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

A limited number of scholarships are available to cover the full registration cost for the virtual Cybersecurity Fundamentals workshop on July 9-10, 2020. Apply today!


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FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS VIRTUAL CERTIFICATION PREP SESSIONS

Educators that are enrolled in the Foundations of CS for Teachers online course will be provided an opportunity this summer to participate in virtual certification preparation support sessions to reinforce concepts and work through practice problems. Those registered for this training will receive a link next week to sign up for these no cost trainings. Participants are expected to have completed the online coursework associated with the session they will be attending.

Registration will open in mid-May and details are here.


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2020 STEM FOR ALL VIDEO SHOWCASE

The 2020 National Science Foundation STEM for All Video Showcase is now open! It's an opportunity for the community to engage with NSF-funded projects by watching videos, posting questions, and providing feedback.

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance has an amazing video and would appreciate your support and vote! ECEP seeks to increase the number and diversity of students in the pipeline to computing and computing-intensive degrees by supporting state-level computing education reforms. Through interventions, pathways, partnerships and models that drive state-level computing education change, ECEP supports states as they work to align their state efforts with the national vision for computer science for all.

Voting closes at 8PM EST on May 12.


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CODE.​ORG CS PRINCIPLES VIRTUAL REFRESHER

The College Board has made significant changes to the AP CS Principles (CSP) course beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. Based on this, Code.org has made updates to the 2020-2021 curriculum. Teachers who have taught the course in the past may be interested in additional professional learning that addresses these changes.

Registration and details regarding the changes, agenda, and materials will be provided here after Code.org releases their updated CS Principles curriculum in early June 2020.


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CSTA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

The CSTA has adapted their scholarship process to align with their virtual conference. Scholarships will now cover the cost of conference registration. The new deadline for scholarship applications is May 17. Apply today.


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HOST AN IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL COMMUNITY CODE JAM

Thanks to grants from The KLE Foundation, H-E-B Tournament of Champions and Red River, Youth Code Jam is excited to announce the application for the 2020-21 Jam in a Box (with all new materials and resources) is open. Youth Code Jam will select 35 schools in and around Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2020.

Each selected school receives a $500 stipend, a free Jam in a Box kit with a Virtual Jam option, and free teacher professional development for up to two teachers/librarians per school. The kits, combined with the professional development workshops, will equip each selected school to host its own Community Code Jam either in person or virtually for families.


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VIRTUAL EVENTS

All of our upcoming professional development events have been converted to virtual learning experiences in response to COVID-19.

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PARTNER RESOURCES

We have curated a list of partner resoruces to help with online instruction. If you know of any other online resources to assist with virtual learning and would like to contribute to the newsletter, please email us.