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Computer science is the scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications. It is the systematic study of the feasibility, structure, expression, and mechanization of the methodical procedures (or algorithms) that underlie the acquisition, representation, processing, storage, communication of, and access to information. An alternate, more succinct definition of computer science is the study of computers and computational processes.

"We want students to understand what a computer can do, what a human can do, and why that’s different." - Mark Guzdial, Prof. of Computing, Georgia Tech

Important Announcements

Colorado Education Initiative

CEI is offering travel and accommodations scholarships for computer science professional development in conjunction with the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant Program (listed below). To apply click on the following link:


Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant Program


Please fill out the intent to apply form as soon as possible. Thank you!

The Colorado State Legislature approved a computer science teacher grant which provides districts with up to $10,000 for computer science teacher professional development. Teachers can fill out the grant, but districts must apply on behalf of teachers.

CSEd Grant Application Forms

All three of the following documents are required for the CSEd grant application.

CSEd Grant Cover Page Form

CSEd Grant RFP 

CSEd Grant Budget Form

CSEd grant narrative template (optional)

CSEd Grant Informational webinar recording

CSEd Grant webinar slides

Grant FAQ's
  • Letter of Intent to Apply due as soon as possible
  • Grant application window January 19 to February 28, 2018
  • Any K-12 teacher is eligible for grant funds
  • Funds cover tuition, books, learning resources (not travel or accommodations)
  • There is no time limit for spending funds, but the grant money must be distributed by June 30, 2018.
  • Priority will be given to applicants from rural districts and districts with high minority and/or low-income student populations
  • Contact Christine Liebe, PhD Cand., CDE Computer Science Specialist,

Colorado School of Mines is offering high quality 3-day to 5-day computer science teacher education courses, plus several 3 credit computer science courses. (ECS, CSUnplugged, BJC, Python, Bootstrap, AP Institute, Mobile CSP, Beyond Theory - Proven Practices in EdTech, and more!). Mines offers courses for teachers who are new to CS, experienced CS teachers, and teachers who are tech professionals but could use some pedagogical information.

 Infosys Foundation USA will host the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018, a national convening for K-12 teacher education in Computer Science and Making. 

#InfyPathfinders will be an intensive week of professional development to be held at Indiana University Bloomington(IUB) from July 15-20, 2018. Over 800 teachers from across the United States will convene on the IUB campus for high-quality, hands-on training for K-12 grade level Computer Science (CS) and Maker education.

Interested teachers and school administrators can find out more and register their interest at:

Google is offering up to $35,000 per organization for Computer Science teacher professional development.

Computer Science Standards Development
During the 2016 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 16-1198 requiring CDE to develop voluntary academic standards for computer science for secondary students.

For website assistance in Computer Science, please contact Christine Liebe.

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