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Computer Science News and Updates

Board Approves Revisions to Computer Science Standards Recommendations for K-12

On May 9, 2024, the Colorado State Board of Education approved revisions to the recommendations for computer science, English language development, physical education and world language standards. By August, staff will incorporate the approved revisions and post the new standards on CDE’s website. Additionally, staff previewed the next cycle in the revision cycle, which will include comprehensive health; reading, writing, and communicating; math; and science. That process will start in the summer and fall with benchmarking and initial public input. Committee recruitment, application and selection will occur in the spring of 2025 with committee drafts of proposed revisions completed by the summer of 2025.

Upcoming Opportunities for Educators and Students 

This is a curated list of both state and national computer science, or computer science related events and opportunities.  We are working together statewide to increase awareness of and access to Computer Science resources, events and opportunities. CDE does not endorse any specific event, professional development, set of instructional materials or curriculum. 
Please complete this form to have an upcoming event or opportunity added to this list.  Requests will be sent to Pam Lewis, CDE Computer Science Senior Consultant, who will add items to the list if deemed appropriate and relevant. 
  • CSTA CO   
    • Join the local chapter, access resources, and join the discussion. 
  • Colorado Computer Science Leaders
    • Meetings with reconvene in Fall 2024. Email Pam Lewis for more information on this leadership group
  • CTE:

Summer Opportunities 2024

  • June 23- 26, 2024  
  • June 22-26, 2024
    • ISTE Live 2024 Conference: "Scale to new heights with hundreds of sessions that will bring you up to speed on the latest learning strategies and edtech trends"   
      • In-Person and Virtual Options
      • Pre-Conference Regional Programming on June 22, 2024 supported by  InnEdCO
      • Audience :Educators
      • Cost: Registration Fee 
  • June 29-20, 2024
  • Girls Who Code Summer ProgramsParticipants learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact, gain invaluable insight into diverse tech careers, and connect with inspiring figures in the field.  
    • Summer Immersion Program (Virtual) 
      • Applications Now Open! Register Today
      • Cost: FREE 
      • Audience - Grade 9-12 Students
    • Self-Paced Program (Virtual) 
      • Applications Now Open! Register Today
      • Cost: FREE 
      • Audience - Grade 9-12 Students
  • July 16-19, 2024
    • CSTA Annual Conference: "As a computer science teacher, you are often the only one in your building, or maybe even in your district. There is a whole community of computer science educators just like you out there. Connect with the world’s largest CS department at the CSTA 2024 Annual Conference, set for July 16–19, 2024, in Las Vegas!"
      • In-Person: Las Vegas, Nevada
      • Audience: Educators
      • Cost: Registration Fee

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Computer Science Teacher Education Grant Program

The window for the Computer Science Education Grant for the 2023-2024 fiscal year opened in October 2023 and the application window closed in November 2023.  Grantees were awarded in January 2024, approved by the Colorado State Board of Education.  This competitive grant was the first to be hosted in CDE's new grant management software called GAINS.  To learn more about this program, visit our Computer Science Teacher Education Grant page

2023-2024 Computer Science Teacher Education Grantees

CDE is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023-2024 Computer Science Teacher Education Grant.  

  • Bayfield 10 Jt-R
  • Branson Reorganized 82
  • Colorado River BOCES
  • East Central BOCES
  • Greeley 6
  • Jefferson County R-1
  • Meeker RE-1
  • Mesa County Valley 51
  • Montrose County RE-1J
  • Pioneer Technology and Arts Academy
  • Poudre R-1
  • Pueblo City 60
  • Roaring Fork RE-1
  • Widefield 3

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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. 

Colorado Academic Standards for Computer Science Are Currently in Review and Revision. 

Colorado House Bill 20-1032 (section 22-7-1005(6) C.R.S.) amended the provision that required the regular review and revision of the Colorado Academic Standards. The statute previously required the revisions to occur within six years of the prior cycle which occurred in 2018. The changes now require the state board to review and revise approximately one-third of the standards beginning in 2022 and an additional one-third every two years thereafter. These review and revision cycles are not intended to re-write the standards, but to update them to be most current with national and international benchmarks.

It is understood that the 2020-21 school year is the first year of implementation of the standards that were revised in 2018. One-third of the standards that were adopted in 2018 began the review and revision cycle in the spring of 2021 and concluded in the fall of 2022.

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Computer Science Resource Bank

The online Computer Science Resource Bank was created through a collaboration with educators and industry experts. Authorized by the legislature in 2017, the online resource bank includes a wide variety of ideas for teachers, including sample curricula and materials – even information about scholarships for students.

This FREE resource has a search feature that allows you to search by resource type, topic area and grade level. Additional resources include computer science organizations and associations as well as partners. 


For further assistance, please contact Pam Lewis