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February 2021 Newsletter



 

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For Teachers:
- Create Performance Task Workshop | Feb. 9, 2021, 5:00 PM CT
- CSTA Self-Reflection & Roadmap Interactive Webinar for all CS Teachers | Feb. 16, 2021, 5:00 PM CT
- Registration is now open for Mobile CSP & CSAwesome Professional Development
- CSTA's Equity in CS Summit | March 06, 2021

- Call for PD Facilitators | Deadline March 15, 2021, 11:59 PM PST
- The 2021 RESPECT Conference Seeks Program Committee Members | May 23-27, 2021

- Counselors Can Actively Engage a Diverse Range of Girls in Computing Science Learning Opportunities
- FREE Training Course on Diversity in Open Source from Linux Foundation & NCWIT
- FREE Training Course on Becoming a More Equitable Educator: Mindsets & Practices from MIT
- The College Board Female Diversity Awards 

For Students:
- Calling All Girls and Non-Binary Students
-  All Star Code: FREE Virtual Summer Intensive Coding Program for High School Men of Color
- VIDEO: Change the Face of Computer Science
- FREE Winter Camp Workshops from Mircosoft Store
Create Performance Task Workshop
 
February 9, 2021, 5:00 pm CT
Do you have questions on the new Create Performance Task for AP CSP? Are you unsure how to guide your students to complete the requirements? Join us for this interactive workshop on Create. Meet with other CSP teachers to discuss questions and challenges you are facing as well as share ideas on how you can help your students succeed.

Prerequisite: Be familiar with the Create Task Description and Scoring Guidelines. See the College Board's Create Task Deep Dive Webinar Recording

Please register in advance for this workshop. The capacity is limited to 25 teachers.
Register Here
CSTA Self-Reflection and Roadmap for all CS Teachers
February 16, 2021, 5:00 pm CT
This interactive webinar will introduce teachers to the CSTA Standards for CS Teachers and associated resources. In particular, we will share how to use the Self-Reflection Checklist to help identify strengths and areas of growth and the accompanying Roadmap to Professional Learning, which provides all CS teachers a path toward specific professional learning needs. The webinar will be led by Dan Blier and Vicky Sedgwick, who helped to develop the resources. NCCSE will also share how inclusivecsteaching.org can be used to support professional learning goals.
Register Here

Registration is now open for Mobile CSP & CSAwesome professional development, online training available for 2021! 
Mobile CSP Professional Development
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CSTA's Equity in CS Summit
March 06, 2021
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"The CSTA Equity Fellows 2020-2021 Cohort is pleased to present the CSTA Equity in Action Summit. This one-day virtual event brings together K-12 CS teachers to call out inequities of access and achievement in marginalized groups and to share strategies and resources to empower and equip teachers in addressing the digital divide." 
Register Here
Call for PD Facilitators
           
Facilitators are a critical and important part of supporting the success of the project. PD Facilitators work closely with a small group of 10-15 participating teachers in a professional learning community (PLC). PD Facilitators provide ongoing support and encouragement throughout the professional development and school year. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021, 11:59 PM PST.
 
To learn more about the qualifications and additional information click the buttons below
Be a Mobile CSP PD Facilitator
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The 2021 RESPECT Conference Seeks Program Committee Members
May 23-27, 2021
The 2021 Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT) Conference solicits program committee members to serve as reviewers for research papers, experience reports, position papers, posters, panels, and lightning talks. RESPECT is intended to serve as a premier venue for peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary research on broadening participation in computing (BPC). To celebrate our sixth year anniversary, our RESPECT 2021 theme is “From Broadening Participation to Justice-Centered CS Education.” RESPECT 2021 will be held virtually on May 23-27, 2021. We invite those interested in serving on the program committee to submit your information (including all types of submissions you are interested in reviewing, via https://tinyurl.com/respect21review.
Counselors Can Actively Engage a Diverse Range of Girls in Computing Science Learning Opportunities
Share this article with your school's counselor to help give insight on active recruiting techniques. The four factors discussed are Interest, Confidence, Belonging, and Identity. The bottom of the article also has some excellent resources attached! Click here to view the link. 
FREE Training Course on Diversity in Open Source
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"Inclusive Open Source Community Orientation (LFC102) is a new training course from The Linux Foundation and National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and is designed to provide essential background knowledge and practical skills to create an inclusive culture in the open source community."
FREE Training Course Becoming a More Equitable Educator: Mindsets and Practices
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The course is free and it is recommended that you and a colleague(s) take it together. Reaching out to a small group who might want to take the course with you can help to understand your context, the students that are in your school, and the culture of the place that you're working with. Click here to learn more about the course. 
The College Board Female Diversity Awards 
The College Board recognized 1,119 schools for achieving 50% or more female students taking either AP computer science course or exceeding that of the school's female population during the 2019-2020 school year. This is an increase of nearly 37%, the 2018-2019 school year had 818 schools meet this achievement.
Female Diversity Awards go to schools that attain female student representation and are helping to close the gender equity gap in AP Computer Science Principles in 2020-21. Last school year, over 20 of the recognized schools were Mobile CSP schools! Congratulations to all of the awardees!
To read more about this or to share it along click the link here
Calling All Girls and Non-Binary Students

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All Star Code: FREE Virtual Summer Intensive Coding Program for High School Men of Color
Change the Face of Computer Science
The organizations partnering to launch this video are nonprofits led by people of color, all of whom have spent years on broadening participation and access, and we are delighted to be working together. 
Only 3% of Black students learn computer science in high school or beyond. Inspire or encourage a student to try computer science, and let them know they belong. Together let’s change the face of computer science. #BlackVoicesForCS
FREE Winter Camp Workshops
Free virtual Winter Camps with Microsoft Store are open for registration. For scheduled public events,
please RSVP to any of our available workshops. They have some newly released exciting winter-
themed events from dog sledding to Smithsonian Museum exhibits! All workshops are meant for students ages 8 and older unless otherwise stated.
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