Computer Science Teacher Education (CSEd) Grant Program
The Computer Science Grants for Teachers Program which funded approximately $440,000 in 2018 will continue in the 2018-19 fiscal year pursuant to CCR 301-100. Senate Bill 17-296, the Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant Program was passed by the Colorado Legislature during the 2017 legislative session and the appropriation increased by $500,000 (HB 18-1322). Funds will be distributed to local education providers (LEA's), including school districts, BOCES, and district charter schools or Institute Charter Schools for K-12 computer science teacher professional development. Approximately $880,000 is available for the 2018-19 school year for computer science teacher professional development. Championed by the State Board of Education, $500,000 for the 2018-19 fiscal year is intended for elementary regional computer science teacher professional development.
Computer Science Regional Professional Development for Elementary Teachers
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 state legislature and the Colorado State Board of Education, $500,000 has been made available to provide computer science learning opportunities to elementary teachers so kids can develop interest in this exciting area. Through a partnership with the Colorado School of Mines, CDE is pleased to offer statewide computer science trainings for elementary teachers at a location near you! Elementary teachers will be provided professional development at no cost. In addition, districts can apply for funding to provide teachers stipends for their participation. All regions across the state will have at least one training in their area.
Potential locations include: Fort Collins, Sterling, Limon, Lamar, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Parachute, Dillon, Durango, Alamosa, Trinidad, Steamboat Springs, and Denver Metro.
A second option for the Computer Science Education Grant for elementary teachers is district-determined professional development. The following organizations meet qualifications for the Colorado Computer Science Education Grant for elementary teachers. Districts can choose to engage with them directly to provide professional development to their teachers.
BootUp is a computer science professional development organization that trains teachers to implement elementary coding initiatives that empower all students and create equitable access to 21st-century skills. Through long-term professional development, coaching, and mentoring, BootUp equips teachers with the experience and resources to be successful, confident coding teachers. Their professional development facilitators teach computer science and computational thinking concepts and foster equitable access for all students. At the primary level, teachers learn the ABCs of coding using block-based programming languages and learn computer coding concepts and practices based on the K12 CS Framework and CSTA Standards.
mindSpark Learning is the K-12 computer science hub in Colorado as a Code.org Regional Partner. As the Code.org regional partner in Colorado they support the initiative of increased awareness around computer science, and the creation of sustainable computer science learning pathways for educators and their students. They offer a workshop that is specific to elementary teachers called Computer Science Fundamentals (CSF), that provides an introduction to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online code.org curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. The workshop will prepare educators to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5.
More information about how to apply will be posted on this website in January 2019.
The Fall 2018 District Determined Computer Science Education K-12 Grant Application is now closed. More opportunities will be available in January.
If you would like information about the CSEd grant or have questions please contact Joanna Bruno at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-866-6571.
2017-2018 Grant Awards
The CSEd grant for 2017-18 had two grant cycles to expend all grant funds. Some of the LEA's in the first grant cycle applied for and were granted additional funds.
36 Colorado School Districts and one charter school received grant awards in 2018. Professional development plans included community college courses, in-district training, online courses, professional conferences, professional learning communities, and summer workshops.