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Computer Science Grants for Teachers Program

Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant Program 2019-20

Computer science has the potential to open doors for Colorado students to engage in learning and prepare them for a bright future. Thanks to a collaboration between the Colorado State Legislature and the Colorado State Board of Education, an appropriation of $1,048,000 was provided to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to administer. The grant program is a competitive process for computer science teacher professional development during the 2019-20 school year. Approximately $880,000 of grant funding will be available for grant awards within two  pathways.

This grant will be distributed in two parts. Part 1 is focused on elementary teachers for $440,000, and Part 2 will include $440,000 to focus on K-12 teachers. Part 1 has two options: a district determined professional development and a CDE-sponsored regional training in which districts apply for individual teachers slots. Local Education Providers (LEPs) apply on behalf of teachers by submitting an online application which will then proceed through a competitive review process. District charter school or schools associated with the Charter School Institute are required to have their authorizing charter sign the assurance form as the fiscal agent. If you would like information about future CSEd grant opportunities or have questions please contact Chris Summers at  or 303-866-6576.


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Grant Options

Elementary Option No. 1:

Free regional elementary teacher professional development

Through a CDE contracted vendor, CDE will offer free statewide computer science training for elementary teachers in all regions across the state. Through this option CDE hopes to promote the inclusion of computer science education in the elementary curriculum. Participating teachers will qualify for a stipend up to $150.

The Elementary Option 1 regional training will focus on introducing teachers to computational thinking, the use of computational thinking as a problem solving process across all disciplines, both online and unplugged methods of teaching computer science, and integrating computer science into you general classroom curriculum.

Elementary Option No. 2:

District-determined elementary teacher professional development grant

A second option for the Computer Science Education Grant for elementary teachers is district-determined professional development.  Local Education Providers (LEPs) can choose to engage with any chosen vendor directly to provide professional development to their teachers.

K-12 District Determined

District-determined K-12 teacher professional development grant

The Computer Science Education Grant for K-12 teachers allows for district-determined professional development where Local Education Providers can choose the provider(s) best suited for their needs to train teachers. In addition to a district determined training provider professional development might include post-secondary courses. For the purpose of this option allowable costs for professional development includes tuition, fees, training program costs, and books and/or materials for the teacher(s) to access training. LEPs can apply for grants up to $30,000 under the K-12 district determined category.

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If you would like information about the CSEd grant or have questions please contact Chris Summers at  or 303-866-6576.