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 January Newsletter 

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- Mobile CSP & CSAwesome PD Registration | Opens Jan. 10th
- CSTA/ACM Cutler-Bell Prize | Closes Jan. 10th
- Free Webinar: Coaching for Equity in CS | Jan. 25th  
- Free Support: Coffee Breaks for Create Performance Task 
- Call for CSAwesome & Mobile CSP Professional Development Facilitators | Feb. 2022
- Runestone Instructor Dashboard Bootcamp | Feb. 5th
- Kapor Center & WestEd's NextGen Science's National CS Equity Peer Review Panel
- Mobile CSP Partners with Amazon Future Engineer
- CSTA's Winter Summit: CS Across the Curriculum | Feb. 12th
- Runestone Server Updates
- Check out our Youtube channels!
Professional Development for Mobile CSP & CSAwesome Registration Opens January 10th!
CSTA/ACM Cutler-Bell Prize
Monday January 10th, 2022
"The ACM/Cutler Bell Prize in High School Computing is designed to recognize talented students intending to continue their higher education in the areas of computer science or technology. The program seeks to promote and encourage computer science and empower young and aspiring leaders to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment."
Learn More Here

FREE Webinar: Coaching for Equity in CS
Tuesday Januaray 25, 2022, 5:30 - 7:00 PM CT / 6:30-8:00 PM ET
From the official abstract: "The National Center for CS Education (NCCSE) and Code Savvy invite you to join us for a conversation around coaching for equity within the context of CS education. NCCSE and Code Savvy will share about their National Science Foundation funded project Coaching for Equity in CS that will create CS coaching professional development and study the implementation of coaching within two contexts. Code Savvy’s coaching program will support Minnesota coaches and teachers focused on teaching CS content at the high school level and will involve a mix of in-person and virtual coaching. The NCCSE coaching program will focus on a nationwide virtual coaching program for teachers of the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles and Computer Science A courses. Using a mixed methods design, this project will study the impact of the coaching programs on improving teacher practice as defined by the CSTA Standards for CS Teachers. Join us to learn more about the project and how you can get involved."

Register Here
FREE: Coffee Break for Create Performance Task
Wednesday, January 19, 3:30 - 4:30 PM CT / 4:30 - 5:30 PM ET
Thursday, January 27, 4:30 - 5:30 PM CT / 5:30 - 6:30 PM ET
Thursday, February 3,  6:30 - 7:30 PM CT / 7:30 - 8:30 PM ET'
The Mobile CSP Team is providing teachers a space to support and discuss Create Performance Task. Join us during the times above! If you haven't already, we recommend reviewing AP College Boards Create PT materials prior to joining us. 
Join our meeting by clicking here
Applications to be part of our PD Facilitator Team will open February 2022. 
Runestone Instructor Dashboard Bootcamp
Saturday February 5, 2022, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM CT / 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM ET
This half-day virtual mini-PD is intended for computer science educators who are using or interested in using an e-book on Runestone Academy (e.g. Mobile CSP, CSAwesome, etc.). In this interactive and hands-on mini-PD, you will learn how to register for an e-book, set up a custom course, register students, create custom assignments, track student progress, and give students feedback on their work. There will also be time for participants to discuss best practices for using the Runestone Instructor Dashboard. Participants who complete the mini-PD may request a certificate of completion.
Register Here
National CS Equity Peer Review Panel
Friday February 4, 2022
Kapor Center has partnered with WestEd’s NextGenScience to develop an equity assessment tool for reviewing computer science lesson plans and units that will serve students across the country!
" We are forming a National CS Equity Peer Review Panel to develop a series of protocols to create and implement more culturally responsive practices in computer science and science classrooms. Apply through this application, due by February 4, 2022, 5 pm PST."
Mobile CSP Partners with Amazon Future Engineer

Mobile CSP has partnered with Amazon Future Engineer (AFE) on the Alexa for Astronauts program. The partnership involves creating a new lesson module focused on programming Amazon Alexa skills in MIT App Inventor with a space-theme. Mobile CSP's Alexa in Space unit consists of five spaced-themed lessons amounting to approximately 10 45-minute class periods. Students will explore artificial intelligence (AI) concepts by creating Alexa skills. In addition, students will explore the question of how voice AI can help inexperienced space travelers, such as tourists, complete everyday tasks in a microgravity environment. Teachers and students are invited to participate in a space tour as well as a new space-themed Amazon Alexa skill challenge that will launch in Spring 2022. 
Keep your eyes open for opportunities to pilot this collaboration in your classroom
CSTA's Winter Summit: CS Across the Curriculum 
Saturday February 12, 2022 
"Computer science can ENHANCE learning of all subject areas. At the CS Across the Curriculum Summit, teachers will explore ways to integrate computer science into all subjects and grade levels. *times subject to change
Computer science can ENHANCE learning of all subject areas. At the CS Across the Curriculum Summit, teachers will explore ways to integrate computer science into all subjects and grade levels. The summit is tailored for teachers who teach any subject in grades K-12 or are already a computer science teacher, with pathways in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, Social Studies/History and Visual/Performing Arts, and other subjects."
Register Here
Runestone Server Updates
Runestones platform has had some updates happen over the winter break. There is a new URL to access the book - you'll need to update your links, as will your students. And you will likely have to clear your cache.
Below are some know issues Runestone is aware of:
  • Username’s with @ in them fail validation during the new bookserver user validation phase. Note that the new bookserver is MUCH more aggressive about enforcing valid types and values when working with the database. This IS a good thing, but will create headaches.  — The effect of this is that a person can login successfully from the main page, but if they have an @ in their username the new server will reject them and send them back to login again. Runestone has not allowed @’s in usernames for a few years.
  • The LTI interface is broken. Runestone is looking into potential solutions to fix this.
  • The “This Chapter” menu is missing on all book pages.
  • The math books are broken. They are working to get these operational again.
  • There is a broken link to the instructor guide that will be fixed in the next rebuild of all books.
Did you know about our Youtube channels? Check them out below
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