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Admin Award Info to Chapter and CSALT leaders January 29, 2014

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Great opportunity to recognize an administrator that has been supportive of Computer Science education.

CSTA AwardAnnounce.docx


2014 Annual Conference January 25, 2014

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Hi folks!

Our annual conference will be Friday, March 28th at J Sargent Reynold’s Community College (Parham Road Campus)

There has been so many exciting things happening in the world of computer science education this year it is time to come together and celebrate.

Details about registration will be coming out in the next few weeks.

1) If you would like to present please let me know. The best part of the conference is all the great new ideas from other computer science teachers.

2) Willing to help? You could:

Help coordinate door prizes

Help build the registration form

Idea? Let me know


Tapia Conference TEacher Workshop December 26, 2013

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Hi folks! I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing break.

There is an opportunity for teachers to attend this year’s Tapia conference. Deadline to apply is Jan 1 and info is here:



Hour og Code Virginia Kickoff December 1, 2013

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Hi folks!

On Dec 6th Senator Mark Warner is kicking off the Hour of Cod here in Virginia with an event in Richmond. He will be speaking about the importance of computer science education in Virginia.

Attached is the press release – hope to see you there.


Cancelling Tuesday’s Meeting November 11, 2013

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Hi folks – we have only had 2 rsvp’s for tomorrow’s meeting and I am fighting a bad cold, so I am going to cancel.

Lets plan on getting together in Dec during CS Education week to celebrate all the exciting things happening in CS Education right now.

CSTA – next meeting, election and an APCS update November 4, 2013

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Hi folks!

A few things:

  • Our next CSTA meeting is Nov 12 at Deep Run. This is our "play date" meeting so bring something to show off. I’ll have squishy circuits and a pico board (http://www.picocricket.com/picoboard.html)
  • We’ll also be electing officers – let me know if you are interested in running
  • A lot of folks expressed interest in the APCS prep sessions online, so I’ll get out information once we get closer to a start date
  • CS education week is Dec 8 – 14. Code.org is encouraging folks to plan Hour of Code activities and will be announcing some free resources soon (http://csedweek.org/)
  • Below is an email from Collegeboard about the change away from GridWorld next year. You should have gotten this if you are teaching APCS, but just in case.

See you soon!

Dear Educator:

We’re writing with an important update about AP Computer Science A.

To stay aligned with the most recent practices in the continually
changing field of computer science, we review the course and exam every
five to seven years. As a result of our recent review, we are updating
the lab requirement for Computer Science A. This newest change will take
effect during the 2014-15 school year.


Starting in 2014-15, the GridWorld case study will be replaced by a
required, hands-on structured lab component consisting of three new AP
Computer Science A labs. GridWorld will be removed from the AP Computer
Science A curricular requirements.

The new labs are shorter in length than GridWorld, and each focuses on a
specific content area. This should help teachers more easily incorporate
the content into their classroom teaching and improve learning
experiences for students.


To ensure that every course labeled AP Computer Science A in 2014-15 is
taught by a teacher deeply familiar with the new laboratory requirements,
teachers and administrators will need to take a few steps using their AP
Course Audit accounts starting in the spring. We’d like to make this
process as straightforward as possible for educators.

* Beginning in March 2014, AP Computer Science A teachers who have
already been authorized
will have two options to confirm that they are aware of the updates and
to retain their
course authorization:

* Option 1: Attest to their understanding that the GridWorld case
study is being replaced by the three labs by accessing the labs
through their AP Course Audit accounts.

* Option 2: Submit a revised syllabus, either by creating their own
syllabus that reflects the new lab requirement or by adopting one
of the four new sample syllabi that will be available on the AP
Course Audit website. If teachers decide to adopt one of these four
syllabi, they can subsequently make modifications to their syllabi
without resubmitting them.

* Starting in March 2014, teachers who are not already authorized to
teach AP Computer
Science A will need to submit a new syllabus for the 2014-15 school
year that reflects
the new lab requirement. New teachers can also submit one of the four
sample syllabi
and adopt it in teaching their 2014-15 courses.

* Starting in August 2014, administrators with authorized Computer
Science A courses at
their schools will need to attest online that they understand what
teachers need to do
in order to retain their course authorization.


You don’t need to take any action related to this change until March 2014
at the earliest. Here’s a timeline of what’s ahead:

* March 2014: The AP Course Audit will begin accepting syllabi for the
2014-15 school year,
and teachers will be able to access all the resources they need to
understand the new
labs and the new curricular requirements in order to maintain their
course authorization.

* June 2014: A new AP Computer Science A practice exam reflecting the
concepts taught in the
new labs and the removal of the GridWorld case study will be available
to teachers through
their AP Course Audit accounts.

* August 2014: Starting in August, administrators will need to attest on
the AP Course Audit
website that they understand what teachers need to do in order to
retain their course

* Fall 2014: Teachers will begin teaching the AP Computer Science A
course with the new labs.

* January 31, 2015: Final deadline for teachers to complete one of the
options listed above
and for administrators to complete their attestation.

* May 2015: Students will take the 2015 AP Computer Science A Exam, which
will reflect the
removal of the GridWorld case study and the incorporation of questions
assessing concepts
and skills taught in the new labs.


Look for an email from us in March with more information about resources
related to the updated lab requirement. In the meantime, visit New AP
Computer Science A Labs for 2014-15 on AP Central.

Thank you for being a part of the AP Computer Science A community and for
your ongoing efforts to provide students with challenging and
comprehensive course work. We look forward to working with you to make
the transition to the new AP Computer Science A labs a success for you
and your students.


Advanced Placement Program(R)

One Week Left to Apply for the 2014 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing October 24, 2013

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Hi folks – 1 week left to apply for the NCWIT award – EVERY girl in your program should be doing this. We’ve had several winners in out local CSTA group and the experience is amazing.


Fall 2012 CS4HS Workshop for High School October 15, 2013

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We are happy to announce our Fall 2012 CS4HS Workshop for High
Teachers in Virginia. Once again, we have funding from Google
another CS4HS workshop on November 15-16, 2013 in our Northern
Virginia facilities. We have funding to cover hotel for a few
participants that want to join us from different locations in

Apply here: http://highschool.cs.vt.edu/
By this date: Friday October 25th, 2013

As before, the goal of our workshops are:

to provide professional development opportunities to teachers,
to share ideas about teaching computing in high school, and
to create a network of teachers interested in addressing the
of computing professionals.

This year, we will focus on Python. We will show how to use
Python in
the classroom within the context of Media Computation and also
our early version of Pythy. Pythy is a browser-based Python
that makes
it easy for you to deploy in your classroom as it doesn’t
require any
software installation, supports assignments, automated grading,
other classroom specific features.

On Friday night, after the dinner, we will have a brief run
down of
some of the other technologies we have been exploring in the
classroom, including Web-CAT, and Android programming. On
Saturday, we
will devote the morning to Python, and leave the afternoon
for more in depth discussion on any of the topics presented or
topics that you can request in the registration form.

As usual, we will make the material available to other teachers
the workshop.

Manuel A. Perez-Quinones, DSc

Evite Invitation: CSTA – Central VA November Meeting – PLAY DATE! October 15, 2013

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CSTA – Central VA November Meeting – PLAY DATE!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
06:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Deep Run High School – room
4801 Twin Hickory Rd
Glen Allen VA 23059

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CSTA Meeting – October 2013 September 27, 2013

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Hi folks – we will have our first meeting of the year at Deep Run High School on Tuesday Oct 1.

We are trying something new this year – from 6:30 – 7:00 we will cover chapter business, and 7 – 8 will be the main activity.

Also, some folks have expressed interest in ordering pizza. If you are interested let me know and plan on bringing cash to chip in.

For our first meeting of the year we need to hold the annual elections and watching the she++ documentary.

Deep Run is Here: 4801 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059

and My cell is ****

See you soon!