Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund deadline Nov. 9

The application process for the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund (CSPDIF) is now open through Nov. 9. Eligible Iowa school districts and accredited non-public schools may apply for funding aimed at building the computer science teacher workforce. 

Application support materials are available on our website to help guide schools and districts through the planning and application processes. Please note, there are changes to the 2020-21 application.

PLAEA schools that have been awarded these funds during the past two years include: Clay Central-Everly, Estherville Lincoln Central, Greene County, St Edmond's, Spencer and Storm Lake.

Applications for funding must demonstrate how schools will prepare K-12 educators to teach computer science and expand high-quality computer science instruction based on Iowa’s computer science standards adopted by the State Board of Education. 

The CSPDIF was created through 2017 legislation that encourages computer science in every school in Iowa. It is funded through a state appropriation as well as with dollars from a 2007 settlement of an Iowa class-action lawsuit filed against Microsoft Corp.

Applications should be submitted through IowaGrants. For more information on the CSPDIF, contact Wren Hoffman, Iowa Dept. of Education Computer Science Consultant,

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