News Category: weteach_cs

Girls Who Code offering summer immersion program for Austin students

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Jan. 25, 2019

Girls Who Code, a national non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology, is recruiting 10th- and 11th-grade girls in Austin to join our 

Upcoming TEALS informational webinars for CS teachers

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Jan. 25, 2019

Hello Texas Computer Science Community, 

Thank you for your commitment to Computer Science education! Whether you've earned your CS certification or are taking your first steps to get certified to teach computer science, you are among an elite group of dedicated teachers. You will help close the gap with the number of computer science job openings compared to the number of computer science graduates. 

TEA to provide weighted funding for Computer Science

By Christian Bazán
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Jan. 23, 2019

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released guidance to school district administrators on January 17th, notifying districts that three Computer Science courses will now receive weighted funding through their Career and Technical Education (CTE) allotment based on enrollment in the 2018-19 school year. These courses are:

DFW CSTA Conference registration open

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Jan. 14, 2019

DFW CSTA will be hosting the 2019 DFW CSTA Collaborative Conference at Plano ISD Academy High School (1701 Alma Drive, Plano, TX 75075) on Saturday, February 23rd. Our sessions are now confirmed. Take a look at what we have to offer here. We have added an optional networking opportunity and robotics showcase. We are working on getting funding for lunch. Stay tuned for more information.

Registration is free for the event and closes Friday, February 15, 2019.

WeTeach_CS Summit 2019: presentation proposals now being accepted

By Christian Bazán
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Jan. 4, 2019

Presentation proposals for the WeTeach_CS Summit to be held June 17-19, 2019 in Georgetown, TX are being accepted. As you submit your proposal please keep the following in mind:

- Sessions will be 1 hour in length
- Wifi internet access will be available for you and participants
- Participants will be asked to bring their own devices, please specify in your description if your session is device specific
- Interactive and engaging proposals of interest include, but are not limited to:

TEA STEM Listening Tour

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Dec. 10, 2018

The TEA is excited to announce that the College and Career and Military Preparation (CCMP) Division will be conducting a statewide listening tour to inform the development of a new state plan required for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), and the development of statewide frameworks for STEM education and Work-based Learning (WBL).

DFW CSTA Members Call for Proposals, 2nd Annual Collaborative Conference

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Nov. 6, 2018

DFW CSTA Members, the 2nd Annual Collaborative Conference is coming up February 23rd, 2019 for all high school teachers who teach any of the following courses: 

  • Computer Programming
  • Advanced Computer Programming
  • Computer Science I
  • Computer Science II
  • Computer Science III
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science A
  • IB DP Computer Science SL/HL

Proposals for presenting at the conference are open and due by November 30th, 2018. Topics of interest to DFQ CSTA members:

2019 CSTA Annual Conference, Call for Proposals Open

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Nov. 6, 2018

Applications are now open to present at the 20th anniversary CSTA Annual Conference, July 7-10, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Submit your application by 11:59 PM PT December 2nd, 2018. We encourage educators from all grades and experience levels to consider submitting a proposal. We’re looking for proposals from educators that are:

UT and Austin ISD have an ‘AWSM’ plan get more women in Computer Science

By Christian Bazán
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Oct. 19, 2018

Over the past five years, Texas has seen significant improvement in high school computer science (CS) enrollment, yet growth in female enrollment continues to lag. According to data collected by the UT STEM Center, in 2017 only 26% of students completing a CS course were female. Additionally, Code.org reported females accounted for only 27% of the Advanced Placement (AP) CS exams taken in 2017.

How will we teach cybersecurity in our high schools? UT-led CS Task Force offers six critical recommendations.

By Christian Bazán
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Oct. 17, 2018

The Texas Computer Science Task Force released its 2018 report "Preparing Texas Students for the Cyber Economy" to the public today. The report recommends several policy changes and details a new high school computer science (CS) pathway culminating in a capstone cybersecurity course.