APRIL 2021
It’s Spring Break in my district and I finally have a few minutes to breathe and reflect. I know most, if not all of you, are feeling the same way. Committing to new adventures or taking on additional responsibilities has not been possible with everything that has been occurring over the last year. The pandemic made our lives difficult at best and overwhelming at worst.

However, the end appears to be approaching. Hopefully, next school year will be relatively “normal” if we can remember what “normal” was! We, in CSTA-Ohio are also looking forward with hope. Personally, I was not able to do a fraction of the things I had wanted to do with CSTA-Ohio due to the additional workload at school and other things in life which changed so dramatically thanks to the pandemic. But... that appears to be more in the rear view mirror than ahead through the windshield. I want to get back on track and get to the more interesting and useful things we could be doing as an organization.

Alas, I cannot do this as a single individual.... nor do I want to! I am willing to help our organization move forward as we return to being a more active group of like minded teachers with a passion for teaching computer science and advocating for our students in Ohio. However, we need more people willing and able to serve in leadership roles. I have been an officer in this chapter since 2009. That is far too long! Our chapter was founded in 2009 and I have served in various officer roles since its inception. I would love to have others take the leadership roles and be able to step back and support them.

Consequently, I am imploring you to consider nominating yourself for a position or two (although only elected to one) for next year. We really need teachers to step forward and be willing to guide and lead CSTA-Ohio in the year to come. It’s a 1-year commitment. 

If you are able and interested in filling the Secretary position to be vacated soon, please respond to that first. It is an urgent need. If you are interested and able to serve for the year of August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022, please put your name in for nomination and in which position(s) you’d be willing to serve.

Thank you and have a fantastic conclusion to your school year!

Paula Caso, CSTA-OH President
CSTA-OH Nomination Form
CSTA-OH Secretary Position - Open July 1st
Due to another commitment I have taken, I will be ending my role as CSTA-OH Secretary on June 30th. It has been a privilege to serve you the past couple years. 
If you have a passion for Computer Science and contributing to the CSTA-OH organization, please feel free to reach out and let us know of your interest by filling out the CSTA-OH Nomination Form.
If we have multiple individuals, we will hold an election.

Jenifer Conard, CSTA-OH Secretary
Updates from National
  1. 2021 CSTA Annual Conference (Chapter Leaders register using code: CL21_9a8rh2
  2. Save the dates, Thursday, 7/8 - Fri, 7/9 (times TBD), and propose a session topic for the 2021 Chapter Leadership Summit (Calendar invite and registration to follow). 
  3. Growing Equity in Computing Knowledge-building Opportunities (GECKO) grants 
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