Wednesday, January 22 5-7pm with nice food

What could be more exciting than getting together with other CS educators, researchers, and content providers to analyze the Data & Analysis section of the CA CS Standards? Join us in person or online, and bring friends! RSVP

A hands-on workshop on the Bootstrap: Algebra approach for integrating computing content into a math curriculum. Feb 18-20 8:30-4:00 @KCI $600/person


Ignited is a Bay Area non-profit partnering with companies and university labs, like Silicon Valley Bank, Synopsys, and Amazon, to provide K-16 Educators of all subjects with full-time, 7- or 8-week summer fellowships that focus on bringing modern and engaging real-world examples to the classroom! Teachers earn $9,000 for completing our professional development program and designing/implementing engaging curriculum to transfer their hands-on summer experience back to the classroom. Applications are now open, and positions begin to be filled in March. Application information can be found here: http://www.igniteducation.org/apply/. Learn more about the application process here: https://join.igniteducation.org/applicants/application-process.

Webinar Recording from Rob van Nood, Ed Tech Specialist at Catlin Gabel School, OR

Know a middle school girl? Live in the Bay Area? Girls+Data is hosting our Intro to Data Visualization workshop at @ThoughtSpot on 2/1 in Sunnyvale, CA

Add a Climate Clock to your website and show how computing is part of the solution to the world's problems.


Here's a New Year's Resolution for you: Sign up for the 21-day Scratch Getting Unstuck Challenge: one challenge in your email every day January 1-21. It's not too late to join!


StreetCode is hiring part-time CS instructors.

Computer Science Education Week is Dec 9-15

Join the Hour of Code: Heroes Challenge and your class could win a prize!

-> 39 San Mateo County public schools registered their Hour of Code (updated Jan 6)

● Connect with a group of districts leading similar efforts to promote equitable computer science at scale

● Amplify existing work happening in your district within a national dialogue on CSed

● Contribute to field-building research on K12 CSed

● Generate lessons learned and promising practices to inform the national conversation on CSforALL in K12

Apply by December 15th

San Mateo County Board of Education and San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Endorse December 9-15, 2019, as Computer Science Education Week: Hour of Code:

"Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the San Mateo County Board of Education and County Superintendent of Schools endorse December 9-15, 2019, as Computer Science Education Week: Hour of Code in San Mateo County; and

Be It Further Resolved that the San Mateo County Board of Education and County Superintendent of Schools encourage schools, educators, parents, and policymakers to participate in Computer Science Education Week and create opportunities for youth to participate in Hour of Code activities; and

Be It Further Resolved that the San Mateo County Board of Education and County Superintendent of Schools support the development of initiatives and partnerships to bring computer science education to every child in San Mateo County."

Library Coding Club

2-3pm every Sunday at the Redwood City Library. All learners welcome; volunteers always needed. Contact Andrew.

A podcast series focused on the best teaching practices for computer science, from Duke University.

Burlingame FIRST Robotics Judges Needed

BHS robotics team is hosting a FTC Qualifying Robotics Tournament on Sunday November 24th at Burlingame High School from 8am until about 6pm. As a judge, you don't need any technical expertise, and you get to talk to students from different teams and hear about how these young people are making a difference in their communities and spreading STEM. It is an all day slot from 8 to 6...but it is really fun and rewarding and only requires a short online training.

Judging Guidelines

Contact Christina Wade

CS Digest November 2019


The high school students of the Bay Area Youth Computer Science Council are hosting a free kids' hackathon at the Belmont Library on Novmember 30th. Please help advertise so it's well attended!

Scratchathon Spanish Ver..pdf


We're attending the 2019 #CSforALLSummit! With hundreds of thought leaders, community members, commitment makers, and organizations we gather for three days to discuss System Change! Follow: #CSforALLSummit & #CSforALL. Livestream here: https://www.live.csforall.org

Computer Science Steering Committee Convenes

The CSSC held their first meeting on October 2 to begin the year-long process of writing a Strategic Implementation Plan for Computer Science in San Mateo County. Pictured left to right: Top row: Melissa Hero, Robert Wachtel Pronovost, Christy Novack, Trevor Leach, Ann Greyson, Mark Miller; Bottom row: Aleata Hubbard Cheuoua, Carl Shan, Mariana Hernandez; Not pictured: Quinn Burke, Sandra Velásquez, Bradley Ostrander

CS Digest October 2019


The position of CA CS Coordinator has been posted! (Even though it is listed as Educational Programs Consultant, I have confirmation from the state that this is the same position.) Please encourage as many people as possible to apply so there is a diverse field of candidates to choose from.

Remember, women, we are more likely to exclude ourselves from jobs because we don't feel we meet all the requirements. Stay strong and apply anyway by Sept 24!

Join us September 21, 9:00-12:00 for a free training from Piper, the build-your-own computer kit based on Raspberry Pi. Grades 3-8, space limited.

After the event, classroom sets of Pipers will be available to borrow for free from our STEAM Lending Library.

CS Equity Guide

Printed editions of the CS Equity Guide are here! Let me know if you want one or more and I can reserve them for pickup or pony.


The Silicon Valley Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association met on September 9 to learn about the new Beauty and Joy of Computing Middle School Curriculum from Dan Garcia of UC Berkeley. He uses Snap! and gentle pacing to introduce Functional Programming through text processing, graphics and games.

CS Digest September 2019


The issue of CS PD (and funding for it) comes before the US House, sponsored by Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Tom Reed (NY-23).

8/19 Editorial in the Mercury News by our own Assemblyman Marc Berman

$2000 stipend & free travel. Apply by August 5.

Good luck to everyone who applied!

The Bay Area Youth Computer Science Council is recruiting new members in grades 9-12. They are also seeking a fiscal agent that is a registered charity to accept and disburse funds.

More mentors are needed for Hack the Future in Sunnyvale June 22.

It went great! Well done, everyone, especially Supriya and Jessica, rocking the Scratch table for the Youth Council!

Two months before the July deadline, the State Board of Education has adopted an amended version of the California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan.

Governor Newsom's new budget includes $1M for a State CS Coordinator.

ACCESS has released a #CSforCA Equity Guide.

Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College is holding two week-long CS workshops: June 17 - 21 and July 29 - Aug 2.

Sacramento County Office of Ed brings us a week of free PD for teachers, strategic planning workshops for administrators, and even guidance for counselors! June 17-21

(Thanks, Christy!)

How did Computer Science help to produce that first ever photograph of a supermassive black hole currently rocking the internet?

Computer Science has moved up from a mere "G" elective in the A-G system. It now counts as a third laboratory science, or "D".

Get your Supplemental Authorization in CS in 12 months online from UC Riverside.

The San Mateo County School Board & Superintendent have passed joint resolution 18-55 endorsing Computer Science Education Week and supporting the creation of a Computer Science Steering Committee.

It's here! The state has released its draft recommendations about the who, how, and when of standards implementation. Update: Still not adopted. Any day now...

Four years ago, Assembly Bill 1539 called for the development of CA CS Standards. We have now achieved approval by the State Board of Education.