Free WeTeach_CS Computer Science (CS) Certification Prep Course for 8-12 Educators launches online version June 14, 2016

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(May 10, 2016 – Austin, TX) In an effort to increase the number of certified computer science teachers in Texas, an online version of the WeTeach_CS Certification Preparation course is launching June 14. (Registration is available now.) Directed to K-12 teachers, the course is designed to improve competencies for the 141 TExES Texas Education Agency’s 8-12 Computer Science Certification Test. After a teacher passes the exam and applies for certification, a $1,000 stipend will be awarded by the Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) thanks to support from 100Kin10 and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). AT&T supported the development of this online program with a $50,000 contribution through AT&T Aspire – its signature philanthropic initiative to help ensure students have the skills needed to succeed in the current and future workforce.

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WeTeachCS Mixer

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On February 3, 2016, the Center for STEM Education Center played host to over 120 computer science educators at the Google Fiber Space in downtown Austin. Held during TCEA’s Annual Convention and Exposition, the WeTeachCS Mixer provided an opportunity for CS educators from across Texas to network, share ideas, and begin building a statewide professional learning community. This opportunity to connect with the larger CS education community...

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Karen North, Champion of Change

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President Obama’s Computer Science for All announcement contained a familiar face for many computer science educators in Texas. Computer science advocate Karen North appeared in a section called Policymaker Spotlights. Not surprising, as she was recently named one of the White House’s Computer Science Champions of Change. Each Champions of Change event features a group of Americans–individuals, businesses and...

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Computer Science For All

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On January 30, 2016 the White House announced the Computer Science for All Initiative which will dedicate $4 billion in public and private funds to support Computer Science Education. The Center for STEM Education’s TRC program was honored to be acknowledged as part of President Obama’s CS for All (#CSforAll) announcement in recognition of the work the Center has been doing since 2014 related to computer science teacher professional...

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The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for STEM Education Announces $295,000 Grant from 100Kin10 to Address High School Computer Science Teacher Preparation

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Center for STEM Education awarded funds as a participant in 100Kin10’s STEM Fellowship Program, a national collaborative tasked with tackling the underrepresentation of engineering in K-12 schools Download this press release as a PDF The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for STEM Education-TRC program announced it has been awarded a $295,000 grant to support computer science teachers. The grant was made possible by 100Kin10, a national...

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Expanding Computing Education Pathways through the Center for STEM Education

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The sound of keyboards clacking, robots whirring, students giggling and ideas being shared are common at summer computing camps, but such camps can be difficult to start-up and the costs of purchasing the initial equipment often prove prohibitive.  Thankfully, the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) program offers support both logistically and financially.  The Center for STEM Education at The University of Texas at Austin recently...

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