K-12 CS Teacher Takeaways from SIGCSE 2020 - Part 2: Instructional Strategies

Posted by Bryan Twarek on May 27, 2020
SIGCSE provides an important forum for computer science education research, and it is unfortunate that this year’s conference was canceled. In this four-part series, I’m excited to share some learnings and practical takeaways relevant to K-12 CS teachers to help ensure practitioners benefit from this great work. This second part focuses on K-12 instructional strategies. 
Part 1 of the series introduced a variety of research takeaways. Parts 3 and 4 on assessment and curricula will be published later this week.
K-12 CS Teacher Takeaways from SIGCSE 2020 - Part 2: Instructional Strategies Bryan Twarek 2020-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
We Need Your Voice in a National Survey of K-12 CS Teachers Bryan Twarek 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
CSTA 2020 Sessions for the K-5 Teacher CSTA Conference Committee 2020-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
CSTA 2020 Sessions for the 6-8 Teacher CSTA Conference Committee 2020-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
CSTA 2020 Sessions for the 9-12 Teacher CSTA Conference Committee 2020-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
CSTA Equity Fellow Spotlight: Michelle G. Lee Stacy Jeziorowski 2020-05-21 05:00:00Z 0 CSEquity

Looking To Next Year

Posted by Vicky Sedgwick on May 19, 2020

For the past few years, it has been exciting to watch CS education explode across the K-12 landscape with headlines like “33 states adopted 57 computer science ed policies since 2018” and “Fifty Nifty: Every state has adopted K-12 CS policy!” popping up in my newsfeed. The future seemed bright as more and more states adopted CS standards for students, even in K-8, which is where my heart lies.

Then, our world turned upside down … what does this mean for the hope of CSforAll in K-8 education?

Looking To Next Year Vicky Sedgwick 2020-05-19 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate

K-12 CS Teacher Takeaways from SIGCSE 2020 - Part 1

Posted by Bryan Twarek on May 19, 2020

The SIGCSE Technical Symposium (the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education) provides a forum for computer science education research. While traditionally focused on postsecondary learning, it has a sizable and growing emphasis on K-12. It is unfortunate that the conference was canceled, but in this first post of a series, I’m excited to share some learnings and practical takeaways relevant to K-12 CS teachers to help ensure practitioners benefit from this great work. 

K-12 CS Teacher Takeaways from SIGCSE 2020 - Part 1 Bryan Twarek 2020-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Participate in a Virtual Computer Science for English Learners Pilot Year Program Erika Burt 2020-05-18 05:00:00Z 0
CSTA Equity Fellowship Spotlight: Shana White Stacy Jeziorowski 2020-05-14 05:00:00Z 0 CSEquity

Attribution Errors

Posted by Michelle Friend on May 12, 2020
Let’s face it, on a scale from “I don’t believe in crab” to “everything is crab,*” right now everything is pretty crustacean.  I particularly don’t know any teachers who are happy: we miss our students, when we can interact with them through online means it is often frustrating, and well, everything is crab.
Attribution Errors  Michelle Friend 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Lessons Learned During Panademic Teaching Cate Sauer 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0 CSTA+ Member Spotlight
Accessibility and Remote Computer Science Education Briana Blaser, Sheryl Burgstahler, and Richard Ladner 2020-05-08 05:00:00Z 0 CSEquity
Being a Warm Demander in a Sea of CS Inequity Shanti Coaston 2020-05-07 05:00:00Z 0 CSEquity

Conversations for Change

Posted by Jennifer Rosato on May 06, 2020
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in the United States. Thank you to all the teachers involved with CSTA for bringing computer science to students! 
Conversations for Change Jennifer Rosato 2020-05-06 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
CSTA Equity Fellowship Spotlight: Shanti Coaston Stacy Jeziorowski 2020-04-24 05:00:00Z 0 CSEquity
Virtual Life  Bobby Schnabel 2020-04-21 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
SCRIPTing Change in Connecticut Jacqueline Corricelli 2020-04-17 05:00:00Z 0 CSEquity
CSTA Equity Fellowship Spotlight: Jacqueline Corricelli Stacy Jeziorowski 2020-04-13 05:00:00Z 0 CSEquity
Emergency Remote Teaching: Challenges & Possible Solutions Jacqueline Corricelli 2020-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Social Emotional Connections and Self-care for Teachers in the Time of COVID-19 Cate Sauer 2020-04-07 05:00:00Z 0 CSTA+ Member Spotlight

Software, Hardware, and People

Posted by Jane Prey on Apr 07, 2020
I am fortunate to be old friends with Alfred Thompson and have kept in touch via email, FB and his blog. I asked him a question that I’d like to ask all teachers — how could we have been better prepared? What do I wish I knew then that I know now? Here are his thoughts. 
Software, Hardware, and People Jane Prey 2020-04-07 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Complimentary Origins Towards Demystifying Computer Science for Non-CS TeachersThe Social Science Educator Perspective Rebecca Luebker 2020-04-02 05:00:00Z 0 CSEquity
2020 CSTA Board of Directors Election Results Fred Martin 2020-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Building a CS Summer Enrichment Program  Dan Blier 2020-03-31 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
How High School Computer Science Changed My Life Neal Taparia 2020-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

We’re Going Virtual! 

Posted by Jake Baskin on Mar 27, 2020
After much consideration, we’ve decided to transition the 2020 CSTA Annual Conference to a virtual conference!
We’re Going Virtual! Jake Baskin 2020-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
Complimentary Origins Towards Demystifying Computer Science for Non-CS TeachersThe Computer Scientist Educator Perspective: Breaking Stereotypes Abigail Joseph 2020-03-23 05:00:00Z 0 CSEquity
DFW CSTA Collaborative Conference 2020 and Digital Divas 2020 Dan Blier 2020-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
No Longer Hidden Figures Charity Freeman 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0 CSEquity
CSTA Equity Fellow Spotlight: Abigail Joseph Stacy Jeziorowski 2020-03-13 05:00:00Z 0 CSEquity
Working for the CSTA Board of Directors Michelle Lagos 2020-03-12 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
ACM and CSTA Announce the 2019–20 Cutler-Bell Prize Winners Jake Baskin 2020-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
Pathways, Barriers and Volun-toldisms in Computer Science  Cate Sauer 2020-03-09 05:00:00Z 0 CSTA+ Member Spotlight
Defining Pathways in K–8 Computer Science and Beyond Vicky Sedgwick 2020-03-06 06:00:00Z 0 csk8chat
CSTA Equity Fellow Spotlight: Rebecca Luebker Stacy Jeziorowski 2020-03-05 06:00:00Z 0 CSEquity
Beyond the Flier: Four Actionable Ways to Grow your CS Program  Jennifer Manly 2020-03-04 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
CSTA Welcomes Greg Bianchi to the Board Jake Baskin 2020-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES! Amy Fox 2020-03-02 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
What Could it Be? Cindy Wong and Todd Lash 2020-02-26 06:00:00Z 0 CSEquity
Great News: CSTA, UC-San Diego’s CREATE, EDS, CRLP and SanDERA Awarded EIR Grant for “CS for English Learners”! Art Lopez 2020-02-24 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Meet Jason Bohrer, CSTA's New Chapter Relations Manager CSTA 2020-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
Computer Science in the Library Vicky Sedgwick and Kristeen Shabram 2020-02-21 06:00:00Z 0 csk8chat
Using Her Voice: Pat Phillips’ Legacy at CSTA Stacy Jeziorowski 2020-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
An Interview with CSTA+ Member David Lockett Cate Sauer 2020-02-18 06:00:00Z 0 CSTA+ Member Spotlight
CSTA Equity Fellow Spotlight: Todd Lash Stacy Jeziorowski 2020-02-18 06:00:00Z 0 CSEquity
CSTA Equity Fellow Spotlight: Cindy Wong Stacy Jeziorowski 2020-02-14 06:00:00Z 0 CSEquity

Yes, K-2 Can!

Posted by Vicky Sedgwick on Feb 11, 2020
I often hear comments like those below when I talk about teaching programming in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
Yes, K-2 Can! Vicky Sedgwick 2020-02-11 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate

#000000 History Month, Computing, and Schools

Posted by Shana V. White on Feb 11, 2020
With Black History Month upon us, I would love for more computer science educators to approach this month and every month with a focused mindset on the triumphs and achievements of Black Americans in the United States within computing and STEM fields.
#000000 History Month, Computing, and Schools Shana V. White 2020-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
CSTA to Develop Equity-Focused PD Through a Grant From the Community Foundation of Utah Jake Baskin 2020-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
This is the Way Anthony A. Owen 2020-01-27 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Book Talk: Building a Library for Computer Science Classes Vicky Sedgwick 2020-01-24 06:00:00Z 0 csk8chat
Benefits of Establishing a CS Honor Society Hai Hong 2020-01-21 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
CSTA Ohio Working With State Board of Education on CS Expansion Jenifer Conard 2020-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Reflections on Teaching Computing, Ethics and Social Responsibility Bobby Schnabel 2020-01-13 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Edutainment for Computational Thinking James “Bo” Gorcesky 2020-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
Meet Linda Roh, Computer Science Honor Society Advisor Cate Sauer 2020-01-08 06:00:00Z 0 CSTA+ Member Spotlight

It's a New Year

Posted by Jane Prey on Jan 06, 2020
Happy first CSTA blog post for 2020! Each year I try to reflect on the past year to help gain perspective for the next.
It's a New Year Jane Prey 2020-01-06 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate

Learn About the New Quorum Studio

Posted by Richard E. Ladner on Dec 19, 2019
The Quorum Programming Language is the first evidenced-oriented programming language that was “born accessible” more than ten years ago.
Learn About the New Quorum Studio Richard E. Ladner 2019-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Nomination Period Now Open for CSTA Board of Directors Fred Martin, Past CSTA Board Chair 2019-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Meet CSTA Board Representative Michelle Lagos Cate Sauer 2019-12-11 06:00:00Z 0 CSTA+ Member Spotlight
CSTA Releases Annual Report Jake Baskin 2019-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
CSTA Announces New Standards for CS Teachers CSTA 2019-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
The Importance of Industry Partnerships in CS Education Dan Blier 2019-12-09 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
#CSforGood Resources and Lesson Plans Now Available Bryan Twarek 2019-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
Meet the 2019 Winners of the Champions of Computer Science Awards! CSTA 2019-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

From 70 MPH to 55 MPH

Posted by Michelle Lagos on Nov 19, 2019
There is a feeling when you are driving on the open road and just enjoying the flow of the traffic and you are just cruising and advancing at a constant pace, that is satisfying.
From 70 MPH to 55 MPH Michelle Lagos 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of CSEdWeek Jake Baskin 2019-11-14 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Free Downloadable STEM Posters: Embed STEM in the School Culture Angela Cleveland 2019-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Celebrating 15 Years of CSTA Jake Baskin 2019-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Dr. Jan Cuny’s National Impact On Computer Science Education Art Lopez 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
CSTA Wisconsin Dairyland Set to Hold Annual CS Summit Wisconsin CSTA 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Thinking About Reflection Vicky Sedgwick 2019-10-29 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
CSTA New England Chapters to Host Regional Conference David Petty 2019-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Using Drones in the Classroom Kristeen Shabram 2019-10-21 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
What is Easy? Michelle Friend 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
CSTA Announces $3 Million Grant From U.S. Department of Education Jake Baskin 2019-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
Preparing Computer Science Teachers Jennifer Rosato 2019-10-10 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Artificial Intelligence Attracts Students Who Enjoy Solving Complex Problems and Tolerate Risk Reid Simmons 2019-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
7 things for CS teachers to know: K-12 CS experiences of Google engineers Hai Hong 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
CSTeachingTips.org: Tips for Teaching Computer Science Colleen Lewis 2019-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Recent Good News on Participation and Opportunities for Young Women Studying Computer Science Bobby Schnabel 2019-09-18 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
CSTA Announces Recipients of First-ever Equity Fellowship Bryan Twarek 2019-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Remixing CSPD Week: The Summer of CS 2019

Posted by Jared Amalong, Julie Flapan, and Roxana Hadad on Sep 12, 2019
California is the world’s fifth-largest economy, and the information/technology sector being the largest contributor to its GDP growth in the last 10 years (Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2018; CompTIA, 2019).
Remixing CSPD Week: The Summer of CS 2019 Jared Amalong, Julie Flapan, and Roxana Hadad 2019-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Announcing the 2019 State of Computer Science Education Report Jake Baskin 2019-09-11 05:00:00Z 0

The Second-Best Job

Posted by Jane Prey on Sep 10, 2019
Don’t get me wrong, being retired is the best job ever (with teaching a close second!) but I must say I feel very lucky to be able to stay active in the computing education community.
The Second-Best Job Jane Prey 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
CSTA Welcomes Hai Hong to the Board Jake Baskin 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Data Science in Schools

Posted by Miles Berry on Sep 06, 2019
I’ve no doubt that good CS education involves finding some motivating contexts for getting the ideas across, and for pupils to get to grips with programming.
Data Science in Schools Miles Berry 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Finding Her Voice in the World of Computing: Samina’s Journey Samina Mondal and Angela Cleveland 2019-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Teaching Computer Science Online

Posted by Ronda Kopfhamer on Aug 29, 2019
After 25 years of teaching computer science (CS), I’ve witnessed a few changes. My first computers at Baraboo High School only had floppy drives and no network or internet access. Students learned Pascal, followed by C++ and then Java.
Teaching Computer Science Online Ronda Kopfhamer 2019-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
Building a Pre-K to 12 Computer Science Program Dan Blier 2019-08-26 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Prayers, Meditations, and Reassurances Anthony A. Owen 2019-08-22 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Technology has Vastly Improved our World, and Artificial Intelligence Will Keep Making It Better Fred Martin 2019-08-16 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
CSTA Arizona: A summer of partnering, learning, and growing community Janice Mak 2019-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. J. Philip East: 2019 CSTA Volunteer of the Year Fred Martin 2019-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
My Summer PD looks like a Promising New Adventure… Michelle Lagos 2019-08-06 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Honoring CSTA’s Board of Directors Jake Baskin 2019-07-29 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
CSTA: CS for ALL, Equity Access, and Bridging Gender and Diversity Gaps Art Lopez 2019-07-24 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
Chapter Leadership Summit — 2019 CSTA Annual Conference Kristeen Shabram 2019-07-16 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate
School Counselors Prepare Students for 21st Century Computational Thinking Skills Angela Cleveland and Jennifer Correnti 2019-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Thank You to the 2019 CSTA Conference Committee  CSTA 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
Recognizing the Role of Teachers in Advancing Computer Science Kate Maloney, Executive Director, Infosys Foundation USA and Jake Baskin, Executive Director, CSTA 2019-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Are You Ready for #CSTA2019? Vicky Sedgwick 2019-07-02 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate

Still Failing at Fairness

Equity — or the lack thereof — is a challenging thing to talk about. For people who recognize it's a problem, it isn't necessary to reiterate, because they're already aware of the problem.
Still Failing at Fairness Michelle Friend 2019-06-24 05:00:00Z 0 The Advocate

Classroom Tools: Using CMU’s CS Academy

Posted by Jill Shumaker on Jun 11, 2019
I have taught technology at various levels, but this past year I was presented with the opportunity to teach computer science (CS) at the high school level in an innovative local district.
Classroom Tools: Using CMU’s CS Academy Jill Shumaker 2019-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
Teaching Computational Thinking in Early Elementary Michelle G. Lee 2019-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

We Need Your Feedback on CS Standards 

Posted by CSTA on May 24, 2019
CSTA and ISTE have launched an initiative to revise CS standards. As CS teachers, your input is valuable to this process. Keep reading to learn how you can provide feedback. 
We Need Your Feedback on CS Standards CSTA 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Teaching Cyber Security in High School Derek Babb 2019-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Group Work that Works: Agile for Authentic Learning Jennifer Manly 2019-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
2019 Board of Directors Election Results Jennifer Rosato 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
CSTA Welcomes Bryan Twarek as Director of Education Jake Baskin 2019-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome to CSTA’s New Website and Member Experience Jake Baskin 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
ACM and CSTA Announce 2018–19 Cutler-Bell Student Winners Stacy Jeziorowski 2019-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
It Doesn't Matter Where Students Go to School. Except That It Does Lien Diaz 2019-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

Classroom Resources for Java

Posted by Mike McClendon on Mar 01, 2019
A web search for “AP Computer Science A Java” returns over 17 million hits; it’s awesome to live in such an information-rich era, but this is overwhelming.
Classroom Resources for Java Mike McClendon 2019-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
CSTA and Code.org Announce the 2018 Champions for Computer Science Stacy Jeziorowski 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Governors for Computer Science

Posted by Sheela Vanhoose on Nov 01, 2018
In less than a month, 36 states will hold gubernatorial elections. These races will have a significant effect on the future of computer science (CS) education policy.
Governors for Computer Science Sheela Vanhoose 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
2018 Oracle Academy Scholarship Recipients CSTA Staff 2018-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Announcing the next Executive Director of CSTA! CSTA Staff 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0