MiCSTA May 14 (Wed): Changes in CS AP +

AP Computer Science is undergoing significant changes. Computer Science A ends the GridWorld case study this year, but will have three new "laboratory" units. The 2016-2017 school year will see the first offering of the AP Principles course. Rich Lamb presented the changes and how to implement solutions. Discussion. Refreshments.

We met in Gordon Science Building on the campus of Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI at 7 PM on Wednesday, 14 May. The main entrance is at 39221 Woodward or click here or search for Gordon here.

We had WebEx interactive video chat available for those who could not travel to the meeting. Rich emailed at the start of the meeting with the link.

AP and Advanced Placement Program are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which is not involved in and does not endorse this session.

Meeting notes (Thanks, Rich): Next year there will be no specific material covered for labs or GridWorld, but teachers are expected to spend 20 hours on material such as the new labs. The new labs (Magpie, Paint, and Elevens) will be tested the year after next. Here’s a link to the new materials: http://www.cs.rit.edu/~ptt/apcs_labs/

For the new Principles course, first offered in 2016-2017, the idea is to introduce students to major topics in CS. We discussed at some length where this new class might fit in a curriculum; one idea is between an intro course and the current AP CS A.

We then discussed possible future topics for MiCSTA meetings:

Other ideas? Email Barry.

MiCSTA March 13 Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order about 12:30 with about six people present.

Advancing CS: Joel Adams, Calvin College, talked about CS Education Act. It can be found at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2536/text. He says “If you click the "Status and Summary" link, scroll down to the Co-sponsors, and click the "show" link there, you'll see that it currently has 44 co-sponsors, only 1 of whom is from Michigan. Seems like we ought to be able to do better than that... Maybe some more MI co-sponsors (e.g., Tim Walberg is on that committee) would help get the bill out of committee…”

We talked about meetings. Rich Lamb is willing to do his APCS presentation again on the east side of the state. Electronic meeting suggested; google hangouts?

Elections: It was decided to form a steering committee to help run MiCSTA, because too small a group was present to hold an election. (Suggestion: ask in the SIGCS Google group for guides.) Zenia Bahorski, Pam Moore, Rich Lamb, and Barry Webster agreed to be at least temporary members of that committee. The committee would meet probably 2-3 times a year, perhaps electronically. More committee members needed!

Recruiting ideas for CS: The BPA state leadership conference is next week in Grand Rapids. It would be a good way to get kids hooked on considering CS. Consider reaching out to other organizations like that. “Games” is a good hook for many students.

We adjourned about 1:05.

Additional: See http://www.csprinciples.org for info on the proposed AP course. Find out how to sign up for CSTA and MiCSTA at the "Join MiCSTA" link on this website.

Meeting: Thursday, March 13 at 12:20

Members, Please join us for the next Michigan Computer Science Teachers Association (MiCSTA) business meeting Thursday, March 13 at 12:20pm in the Plaza Boardroom A on the Lobby Level of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. (See the map below for the room location.)

The meeting is during the MACUL (Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning) conference immediately following the SIGCS (Special Interest Group for Computer Science) annual meeting at 11:30. (During the MACUL conference has been the easiest time for more of us to get together.)


Ideas for MiCSTA? Email me and (or) attend the meeting!
Barry Webster, bwebster [at] barrywebster [dot] com
MiCSTA Current President

CSTA 2014 Administrator Impact Award

[The application deadline was March 3. Consider this for next year.]

The Computer Science Teachers' Association, in partnership with Code.org, has established an award to recognize an administrator who has made an outstanding contribution in K-12 computer science. The purpose of this award is to identify and promote administrators who have made a significant impact to improve access to and the quality of computer science education.


Any public or private school administrator who is a CSTA member in good standing may be nominated for the CSTA Administrator Impact Award. Both the nominated administrator and the nominee must be able to attend (at CSTA's expense) the 2014 CSTA Annual Conference scheduled for July 14th and 15th in St. Charles, Illinois. The winner and the person who submitted the nomination will be encouraged, although not required, to present at a dedicated session at the conference.

The Award

The Computer Science Teachers Association will award the winner and the nominating educator an all expense paid trip to the 2014 CSTA Annual Conference to be held in St. Charles, Illinois. The winner will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the conference and will be featured in an article in the CSTA Voice.

Application Deadline

The application must be submitted online no later than March 3, 2014. See below for the Application Process.

Notification of Winners

The winning nominator and awardee will be contacted by April 11, 2014. The winner will be posted on the CSTA website by April 18, 2014. The winner will be announced to all CSTA members via email by May 1, 2014.

Application Process

To complete the online application, go to  http://tinyurl.com/cstaaaward

You will need to enter the following information:

Evaluation Criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of how the administrator influenced or improved K-12 computer science education. The scope and the impact of the nominee's contribution may extend to school, district, state and/or national levels. The nominee should possess outstanding educator and leadership qualities as documented by the nominator. Significant impact of the contribution should be broad enough to be replicated by other school districts and must be sustainable over time. Leadership qualities may be demonstrated through a variety ways including innovative approaches to local or national computer science challenges, mentoring of teachers, and visionary thinking.

Recommendations for Preparing the Application

To complete an online application for the CSTA Administrator Award, please go to: http://tinyurl.com/cstaaaward


Contact Chris Stephenson at c.stephenson@csta-hq.org

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