Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Helping you meet the new computer science requirements

Prairie Lakes AEA, in collaboration with Drake University, has been awarded grant funding from the Iowa Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund (CSPDIF).

By July 1, 2023, schools must have a computer science offering that is aligned to the CSTA K-12 CS Standards in at least one grade level in grades 1-6 and 7-8 by July 1, 2023. High schools need to have one computer science course offering (CSTA standard aligned) in place by July 1, 2022. (The new legislation can be viewed in HF 2629 pages 7-9.) Iowa Department of Education: Obtaining a Computer Science Endorsement outlines the specifics of obtaining a computer science endorsement.

The grant allows up to 60 teachers to take a university level computer science course or courses at no tuition cost to them. Participants will be responsible for purchasing any required textbooks.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in attending one or more of the following three computer science courses from Drake University this Summer: Computer Science in the Elementary Classroom, Secondary Computer Science Methods, or Introduction to Computer Science (not a prerequisite). 

Teachers within Prairie Lakes AEA have the first opportunity to register. On Jan. 22, registration will be opened up statewide. Remember: Classes are limited to 60 teachers.

Contact Torrey Proctor for more details. 

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