February 2024 Member Newsletter



From the Minnesota Department of Education and CSforALL-MN

Leaders in our state have been working hard on Minnesota's strategic plan for long-term and sustained growth of computer science education across all public K-12 and charter schools in Minnesota. Now, you can review the state's plan and give your feedback in a variety of ways:
  • Review the CS State Plan Draft (linked here)
  • Share your feedback. Use the survey to share your thoughts about the state's plan for CS Education. This survey will close on February 16, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • Attend a virtual feedback to learn more about the state's plan and to share your feedback. Choose one of four upcoming  hour-long sessions (click links to register):
  1. February 8,  8 to 9 a.m.
  2. February 8,  3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  3. February 13, 8 to 9 a.m.
  4. February 13, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The final (3:30) virtual session on February 13 will be a collaborative feedback session, including leadership from CSTA Minnesota.


Member Meetings

We will continue to have our CSTA-MN member meetings offered at two different times to accommodate your schedules.
We host CSTA-MN meetings (typically) on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Register below for the meeting time that is most convenient for you:
Have you had difficulties getting these Zoom meetings (ics files) to appear in your Outlook calendar?  If so, please email schon172@umn.edu for troubleshooting steps.


STEM Forward Educator Forum

  • Date/Time: February 28 - 4:30-7:30 PM
  • Location: SSC's Wood Lake Meeting Center, Rochester, MN
  • Cost: Free to STEM Forward members, $125 for non-members
  • Register and learn more here. Join us for the Educator Forum on February 28, 2024, where educators, administrators, and industry partners will gather for an exciting AI Show & Tell event. This unique forum aims to foster connections, share innovative AI practices, and inspire collaborative discussions among K-12 educators, higher education professionals, and industry leaders.

Professional Development opportunities:

Feb 15: Introduction to Web Development

What You’ll Learn:

  • HTML and CSS essentials: gain an introduction to foundational web development languages. 

  • Build your own multi-page website from scratch. 

  • Explore how to integrate web development into any subject. 

Takeaway: Learn the basics of Web Development as well as gain lesson resources to introduce it to your students!

Registration Link


April 4: Introduction to Game Development with Scratch

What You’ll Learn:

  • Develop a solid understanding of the fundamental game design principles. 

  • Explore the basics of Scratch, a block-based programming language for new programmers. 

  • By the end of the session, walk away with your own unique video game to share with others! 

Takeaway: Leave this session with a ready-to-go lesson plan, packed with activities and resources to introduce game development to your students! 

Registration Link


April 25: Python in Education: For Beginners

What You’ll Learn:

  • Discover the benefits of using Python in your classroom. 

  • How to apply the basic functions of the Python framework to create beginner programs. 

  • How Python can be used to cultivate creative coding and storytelling. 

Takeaway: Leave the session with a new skill and resources to introduce students to the fundamentals of programming with Python.

Call for Proposals

2024 MNCodes Educator Summit: Call for Proposals
Code Savvy and CSTA-MN are excited to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2024 MNCodes Educator Virtual Summit! This year, our theme is ElevatED and hopes to highlight all of the hard work done by students, teachers, and community members across the state (and country!) for their work in advancing CS education. Proposals are open now until March 1st, 2024 for interactive presentations, workshops, labs and poster sessions. 

Summit Date: April 13th, 2024 (9:00 AM CT)
Location: Virtual
Proposal Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2024 11:59 PM CT
Summit Website: https://codesavvy.tech/for-teachers/mncodes-educator-summit/
Proposal Application: https://forms.gle/c85ynTG27DxHq9ru8

If you have any questions about the proposal process or the MNCodes Summit, reach out to Liz Walsh (liz@codesavvy.org). 

Curricular Resources

Job Opportunities

For more opportunities, check out the CSTA job board: https://jobs.csteachers.org/