PRESS RELEASE: Computer Science Teachers Association to Develop Equity-Focused Professional Development Aligned to 2020 Standards for Computer Science Teachers

30 January 2020 Published in News

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Computer Science Teachers Association
Stacy Jeziorowski
Marketing and Communicatoins Manager
Phone: 872-221-2771
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Computer Science Teachers Association to Develop Equity-Focused Professional Development Aligned to 2020 Standards for Computer Science Teachers Through a Grant From the Community Foundation of Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, January 30, 2020 — The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) received the inaugural grant from the Community Foundation of Utah to plan, develop, and launch equity-focused professional development for Utah computer science (CS) teachers aligned to their new 2020 Standards for Computer Science Teachers as part of the organization’s greater mission to support teachers with resources and materials that address equity gaps in the CS classroom.

This Community Foundation of Utah grant of $200,000 will help CSTA plan, develop, and launch the CSTA Utah Equity Cohort to recognize and showcase existing teachers who successfully model equitable teaching practices.

“CSTA is dedicated to improving inclusive teaching practices and equitable outcomes for computer science teachers and students in Utah,” said CSTA Executive Director Jake Baskin.“ Thanks to this generous grant, we will help address a key issue in the Utah Computer Science Education Master Plan.”

"We are thrilled to partner with CSTA to empower Utah teachers with tools to recruit more diverse students into CS classes and nurture learning environments that help those students succeed," said CEO of the Community Foundation of Utah Alex Eaton.

This project launches today at the 2020 Silicon Slopes Conference with the announcement of a CSTA Utah Equity Cohort and will conclude at next year’s conference with a two-day Equity Summit.

About the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)

CSTA’s mission is to empower, engage and advocate for K-12 computer science teachers worldwide. CSTA is a membership organization which supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. The Association for Computing Machinery founded CSTA as part of its commitment to K-12 computer science education. For more information, visit csteachers.org, or email .

About the Community Foundation of Utah

The Community Foundation of Utah is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grantmaker and serves as Utah’s catalyst for philanthropy by fostering accessible, collaborative, and innovative giving in our communities, now and for generations to come. Since establishment in 2008, the organization has fostered nonpartisan community partnership and has facilitated over $55 million in grants to Utah’s nonprofit sector. For more information, go to www.utahcf.org, call 801-559-3005, or email .

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