November 2023 Member Newsletter
We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.
In this month's newsletter, you'll find information about two options for our CSTA-MN member meeting next week, CSEdWeek, MDE updates, and PD events you can attend.
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November Member Meetings

We will continue to have our CSTA-MN member meetings be offered at two different times next week in order to best accommodate your different schedules.
We’ll host CSTA-MN meetings (typically) on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Learn more about Minnesota CS policy updates, CSEdWeek, and CS resources our own Midwest educators are promoting in their classrooms.

Register below for the meeting time that is most convenient for you:


From MDE: CS Specialist, Working Group Begin Efforts to Develop Statewide Plan for CS Education

  • Andrea Wilson Vasquez started in her role as MDE's Computer Science Specialist in October.
  • The article linked below highlights the goals and efforts of Minnesota's Computer Science Education Working Group and the statewide plan to support computer science education in our state.
  • Read the news update from MDE here.

CS Ed Week: Dec. 4-10, 2023

We'll share more about Minnesota plans and efforts during our November 28 member meeting. Attend to learn more!
CSTA CSEdWeek Kickoff: Impacts of Computing - This event will be held on Monday, December 4, 2023, from 6-7 p.m. CT.; Register here.
Join CSTA leaders on Monday, December 4, 2023, from 6-7 p.m. CT as we kick off CSEdWeek 2023. CSEdWeek is an annual program that inspires K-12 students to take an interest in CS. This year, our focus will be on the Impacts of Computing. “Impacts of Computing” refers to the positive and negative effects on various aspects of our lives, including education, privacy, security, and accessibility. A panel of 2023 CSHeroes will discuss these topics with a particular focus on Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science.

Speakers: Vanessa Jones and Dr. Abigail Joseph
Panelists: Danielle Boyer, Mehar Bhasin, Grace Magny-Fokam, and Maya Israel


Professional Development opportunities:

Leveraging AI Tools in the Classroom
  • Thursday, November 30th (6:30 to 8:00 PM)
  • Are you curious about how artificial intelligence (AI) can enhance your teaching practice? Join us for this virtual session where we will explore the basics of AI and how ChatGPT and Bing can help you with lesson planning, differentiation, and more. This session is ideal for anyone who wants to discover the possibilities of ChatGPT and Bing and how they can support your work as an educator. No experience necessary!
  • Registration Link
Getting Started with p5.js
  • Thursday, December 14th (6:30 to 8:00 PM)
  • Join us for this introductory session on p5.js, an open-source JavaScript Library that helps you draw, animate, and interact with graphics on the web. You will learn the basics of getting started with p5.js and begin exploring how to integrate into other subjects. This session is designed for educators who are new to CS and want to explore a user-friendly platform. No experience necessary!
  • Registration Link
CS & Me with Scratch Jr.
  • Thursday, January 25th (6:30 to 8:00 PM)
  • Learn how to code with Scratch Jr., a beginning programming language for making stories and games. In this session, you will learn how to use Scratch Jr. to support a lesson on identity. Participants will explore how Scratch Jr. can be used to promote creative and critical thinking in PK-2 learners! This session is for primary educators who want to bring CS to their students. No experience necessary!
  • Registration Link

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:
Proposal Application:

If you have any questions about the proposal process or the MNCodes Summit, reach out to Liz Walsh ( 

Curricular Resources


Job Opportunities

For more opportunities, check out the CSTA job board: