Computer science education has been defined as the study of computers, algorithmic processes, and computer programming and coding, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society (22-97-102, C.R.S.).
"We want students to understand what a computer can do, what a human can do, and why that’s different." - Mark Guzdial, Prof. of Computing, Georgia Tech
The Computer Science Grants for Teachers Program which funded approximately $440,000 in 2018 will continue in the 2018-19 fiscal year pursuant to CCR 301-100. Senate Bill 17-296, the Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant Program was passed by the Colorado Legislature during the 2017 legislative session and the appropriation increased by $500,000 (HB 18-1322). Funds will be distributed to local education providers (LEA's), including school districts, BOCES, and district charter schools or Institute Charter Schools for K-12 computer science teacher professional development. Approximately $880,000 is available for the 2018-19 school year for computer science teacher professional development. Championed by the State Board of Education, $500,000 for the 2018-19 fiscal year is intended for elementary regional computer science teacher professional development. For complete information and descriptions of how districts have used CSEd grant funds, please see the Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant Program webpage.
District-determined Professional Development
LEA's, BOCES, district charter schools or the Institute of Charter Schools can apply on behalf of teachers for "District-determined" K-12 Computer Science professional development. In an effort to streamline the grant application process, please refer to the grant request for proposal (RFP) as a guide when filling out the online application.
When applying for the District-determined CSEd grant option, please refer to the following deadlines.
- Grant cycle: September 10 to October 30, 2018
- Grant informational webinar: September 19, 2018 from 10:30-11:20 am Webinar recording Webinar handouts
- Grant deadline: October 30, 2018 by 11:59 pm
The online application does not auto-save responses, so be sure to prepare your answers using the RFP and fill out the online application in one sitting. The intent to apply form is requested and helps provide information necessary for the grant review, but is not required. Attach the assurances form to the online application and make sure to email the grant budget form to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Intent to apply form
- Grant Request for Proposal - guide for online application
- Online Application
- Assurances form
- Grant Budget form
Elementary Regional Professional Development
Information regarding elementary regional computer science trainings will be forthcoming. If you would like information about the CSEd grant or have questions please contact Joanna Bruno email@example.com or call 303-866-6571.
2018 Grant Awards
The CSEd grant for 2017-18 had two grant cycles to expend all grant funds. Some of the LEA's in the first grant cycle applied for and were granted additional funds.
Computer Science Standards
During the 2016 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 16-1198 requiring CDE to develop voluntary academic standards for computer science for secondary students. The Colorado State Board of Education approved the standards on 4/11/18. Thank you and congratulations to the volunteer Computer Science Standards Committee.
In May, 2018 district leaders and representatives from higher education met to discuss K-8 Computer Science standards and agreed to use the national Computer Science Teachers Association standards as a guiding document.
- K-8 Computer Science Standards guidance from Colorado District Leaders.
AP Computer Science. Join Chuck Powell, AP Computer Science A/Principles and AP Physics teacher at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, Colorado and president of the Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Association to discuss all aspects of teaching AP computer science courses. Sean Wybrant, computer science teacher who focuses on game-based instruction and Colorado Teacher of the Year will also be on the call.
Additional Computer Science Education Resources
The following resources are examples of tools districts may find helpful in implementing computer science education, including course codes, samples of approved digital tools, and parent information regarding computer science.
Digital Literacy & Learning Resources from the Colorado Virtual Library
Digital literacy is the knowledge, skills, and behaviors involving the effective use of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs for purposes of communication, expression, collaboration and advocacy.
Information technology is the technology involving the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software, and networks for the processing and distribution of data.
- View Digital Literacy & Learning Resources from the Colorado Virtual Library
E-Updates are monthly Computer Science Education newsletters featuring Colorado computer science educational events, curriculum resources, and professional development opportunities.
PLC Bytes, stand for Professional Learning Communities "Bytes' or research-based presentations that educators can use for discussions. The following PLC Byte features differentiation strategies specifically for computer science educators.
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