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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

Important Announcements

Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant Program 

Approximately $150,000 in additional funds are available, and the grant has been re-opened. The grant window  is April 12 to May 9, 2018.

File a Letter of Intent to Apply due April 18, 2018 at 11:59 pm. This is a short form that helps us with the grant review process but is not required.

Grant Application due May 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

Grant Budget form

Applications are now being accepted for Colorado’s Computer Science Education (CSed) Grants for Teachers Program. This grant program exists to promote education of K-12 teachers who teach or wish to teach computer science in public schools. This grant also promotes intensive, high-quality professional learning activities that focus on increasing teachers’ computer science content knowledge.

Local education agencies (school districts, BOCES, and the Charter School Institute) may apply for funds on behalf of teachers. Approximately $150,000 of funding remains available for the 2017-18 school year. Funds may be used for professional development tuition, fees, training program books and/or materials (NOT travel or accommodations).

Priority will be given to:

  • Local Education Agencies (LEA)s that did not apply for the initial round of funding;
  • LEAs that were funded in the initial round but did not request the full amount; and then
  • LEAS that were funded in the initial round and would like to request additional funds.

*An LEA can be a school district, a BOCES agency, or a Charter School Institute

 An application training webinar was held on Monday, April 16 at 1:00 pm. Listen to a recording of the webinar using the following link:

New! 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 Computer Science Standards Committee.


CS4CO webinars will be offered twice monthly. 

April 18, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Cybersecurity Education, Join Brad Wolfenden from Director of Academic Partnerships at Circadence and Mollie Kelleher, St. Vrain middle school computer science teacher to discuss all aspects of teaching cyber security. Join using the following link on Zoom:

May 9, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Digital Citizenship. Join Christine Schein, CDE Digital Literacy Specialist and Sasha Miller, Teacher Librarian at Pine Creek High School discuss digital citizenship, digital literacy, and computer science. Join using the following link on Zoom:


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. 


JeffCo Approved Digital Tools Menu


Computer Science Toolkit for Parents


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.


EUpdates 2018

are monthly Computer Science Education newsletters. Please email Christine Liebe with announcements.





PLC Byte

Research-based presentations educators can use for professional learning community discussions.

Differentiation / PPT


For website assistance in Computer Science, please contact Christine Liebe.


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