COMPUTER SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION-NEW MEXICO CHAPTER BYLAWS
Article I: Name and Affiliation
The organization shall be known as the Computer Science Teachers Association-New Mexico (hereafter referred to as Chapter), a local chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (hereafter referred to as CSTA). The Chapter is a legal and separate entity from the CSTA and the CSTA’s incorporation status, tax status, and insurance coverage do not extend to the Chapter.
Article II: Purpose
CSTA is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn. The mission of the Chapter is to further the mission of the CSTA and to actively promote teacher certification, gender equity and the study of computer science AP as an academic core course in all academic settings. The policies of the Chapter shall not reflect any political partisanship, nor any preference, discrimination, or limitation based upon sex, race, or religious affiliation.
Article III: Membership
Section 1: All members of the Chapter shall be members in good standing of the CSTA.
Section 2: The Chapter shall have a minimum of five (5) members, not all from the same institution.
Article IV: Governance
Section 1: Leadership
The Chapter shall be governed by a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, a Publicist, and University Liaison, elected by the membership of the Chapter. No member of the Chapter shall receive compensation for serving in the leadership of the Chapter.
Section 2: Duties of the Leadership
The President of the Chapter is responsible for chairing meetings of the membership and communicating with the CSTA Chapter Liaison.
The Vice-President of the Chapter is responsible for chairing meetings of the membership in the President’s absence.
The Secretary of the Chapter is responsible for sending out meeting notices and maintaining meeting minutes and the membership roster.
The Treasurer of the Chapter is responsible for the financial management of the Chapter.
The Publicist of the Chapter is responsible for coordinating media coverage, member notification of events and can be spokesperson for the chapter.
University Liaison is responsible for promoting CSTA among local colleges and universities.
Section 3: Meetings.
The Chapter shall hold regular membership meetings. One meeting per year shall include election of the Chapter leadership.
Article V: Chapter Obligations
Section 1: Annual Report
The Chapter shall submit an annual report to the CSTA consisting of the activities of the Chapter during the preceding year and the proposed plan for the Chapter for the upcoming year.
Section 2: Membership Roster
The Chapter shall submit a complete membership roster (including contact information) to the CSTA at least semi-annually.
Section 3: Leadership Roster
The Chapter shall submit a complete roster of the Chapter leadership (including contact information) to the CSTA annually and whenever changes occur in leadership or contact information.
Section 4: Other Obligations
The Chapter shall promptly provide other information to CSTA as requested.
Article VI: Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended by a vote of 2/3 of the Chapter membership and approval of the CSTA Board of Directors.
Article VII: Dissolution
The Chapter may be dissolved by a vote of 2/3 of the Chapter membership or by the CSTA Board of Directors. Any funds remaining for the Chapter upon dissolution and after the payment of legitimate debts shall revert to CSTA.
1. Raise awareness of computing disciplines, Computer Science and Computer Science AP throughout the State of New Mexico during Computer Science Education week by providing each member of the CSTA-NM and other teachers who participate in the Challenge with the video sound bites CSTA has
published and released.
2. Offer computer science AP courses during the regular school year through face-to-face instruction, and/or distance learning method using a learning management program to deliver course content. Connectivity for such a method is in place in the state of New Mexico through our virtual high school
3. Promote STEM courses, gender equity, recruitment of minorities to include females through computer science open house affairs, career expos in the spring. Be present at Guidance Counselors assemblies to help students make an informed choice in course selection.
4. Develop a dialogue with building administrators on how CSAPA can help improve the AYP by providing course work that is practical and that manipulates data and variables.
5. Offer continuous professional development workshops and summer institutes for teachers through the Challenge Program.
6. As a matter of New Mexico Public Education Department policy, all New Mexico high school students must take an AP course or enroll in a college course before they graduate from high school. Out of this is not only exposure and experience in college, but also grants them dual credit from both the college and high school in partial fulfillment of high school graduation requirements.