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LAUSD - ITI Newsletter January 2021
 
 
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Winter Wellness: Wide Open School
Discover activities to help kids reflect, recharge, and get moving! / Descubre actividades para ayudar a los niños a reflexionar, recargar ¡y moverse!
 
 
 
 
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Are Schools Sacrificing Students' Privacy in the Name of Safety?
The school surveillance industry is booming. While rare, tragedies like school shootings get lots of media attention, and taken together with more common problems like bullying, self-harm, and suicide, these issues raise important questions about students' safety. Add pandemic-related concerns on top of this, and schools and districts are investing in a wide range of student surveillance measures, both on campus and online. But what are the trade-offs when we prioritize safety over privacy?
 
 
 
 
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6 Ways to Support Kids' Mental Health Right Now
Before the pandemic hit, kids' mental health picture was worrisome, with anxiety, depression, and the youth suicide rate on the rise for the last decade, especially for girls and kids of color. Now that our kids' worlds have been turned upside down, we can only guess what the long-term effects of this disruption will be on their well-being.
 
 
 
 
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Tips and Scripts for Managing Screen Time When School Is Online
For years we've been stressing about screen time and our kids, and then -- poof! -- the pandemic hits, and screens are a lifeline to their friends and extended family. For many, it's also how they'll be learning for the foreseeable future.
 
 
 
 
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Congratulations: Digital Citizenship Certification
Check out the directory and map below to view all Common Sense Certified Educators and Schools across the District:
Commom Sense Certified Chart
 
Digital Citizenship Certified Educators 
Los Angeles Unified School District as of December 2020  
Digital Citizenship Certified Educators Map
 
 
 
 
 
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Common Sense Education Recognition Program
L.A. Unified and ITI recognize schools and educators who achieve Common Sense Certification. For the School Year 2020-21, we continue our partnership with Common Sense Education to offer a complete K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. See the variety of materials and lessons available along with the application process on how your school and teachers can become part of the Common Sense Education Recognition Program:

Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator
Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School
 
 
 
 
 
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Don’t Rely on Cute Apps and Games to Teach Coding. Turn to Your Students Instead.
Congrats, Mr. Principal, on your middle school’s new STEM curriculum. I hear the kids are going to make a robot move to the right, stop, and turn around. How cool is that?
 
 
 
 
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NASA Resources: A Universe of Learning at your Fingertips
Searching for resources on the NASA website to challenge and inspire budding scientists can be a bit like exploring the universe: You’ll find a vast expanse of interesting data, visuals, stories, and creations. And once you set out, you never know what you may discover!
 
 
 
 
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NASA Keeps STEM Lessons Going from Home
From launching simple paper rockets to learning how to read satellite images, NASA has assembled a rich collection of STEM activities for students from kindergarten through high school to do on their own at home as they wait out the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
 
 
 
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3 Ways to Ensure IT and Edtech Plans Promote Learning
If there is a silver lining surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that the national spotlight is shining brightly on equitable access to effective use of technology in schools. But in order to keep moving toward greater equity, we need to take the lessons we’ve learned collectively to strengthen our plans and advocacy efforts to improve technical infrastructure and effective teaching with edtech.
 
 
 
 
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K-12 Class Sizes Have Ballooned With Online Learning. It’s Not a Good Thing.
When leaders at Megan Claffey’s Colorado district decided to give parents a choice between online and hybrid learning, they didn’t expect many to choose the all-online option. But instead of the 100 or so families they had planned for, more than 2,800 opted to keep their kids home full time. Without an influx of new teachers, Claffey and her colleagues were left scrambling to adjust.
 
 
 
 
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NASA Project Allows Students to Eavesdrop on Faraway Planets
Radio Jove, a NASA citizen science project, provides a way for students and other everyday Earthlings to hear the radio waves generated by Jupiter through hundreds of millions of miles of galaxy.
 
 
 
 
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Readiness Resource Center - In Preparation for Device Distribution
The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) offers District-wide instructional resources to support schools’ completion of the readiness resource items in order to distribute digital tools to students. Please visit the ITI website Readiness Resource Center for more information.

For more information, please contact Allison Jonas, Readiness and Integration Coordinator at allison.jonas@lausd.net.
 
 
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Learning About Artificial Intelligence: A Hub of MIT Resources for K-12 Students
In light of the recent events surrounding Covid-19, learning for grades K-12 looks very different than it did a month ago. Parents and educators may be feeling overwhelmed about turning their homes into classrooms.
 
 
 
 
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CS for All Includes Students with Disabilities
During CSEdWeek we should all reflect on how the CS for All movement is doing with respect to including all minoritized groups including students with disabilities.
 
 
 
 
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IBM AI-Focused Online Tools
IBM has launched three new online tools to teach young people about the future of artificial intelligence (AI). One resource is a free version of IBM’s P-TECH program designed to give underserved students the skills they need to succeed in a STEM career. Called Open P-TECH, the free online learning platform for high school students has added a course in which students can earn a badge in AI education.
 
 
 
 
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Why a Computer Isn’t the First Thing You Need When Teaching Kids to Code
In 2020, COVID-19 hit, and globally, there was a massive shift to online instruction. Educators and parents realized that going forward, now that school boards have invested heavily in remote learning it has become a core aspect of education.
 
 
 
 
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Hybrid Learning to Support Children’s Positive Technological Development: Collaboration (Part 1)
In our first post in the series, Introduction, we shared our background in education, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a summary of foundational research in creating a learning experience for young children that aligns with Positive Technological Development framework. In this post, we are going to break down the PTD behavior, Collaboration. We have invited our friend and colleague, Dr. Amanda Sullivan, to share ways to support inclusive collaboration in STEM learning, based on her research into gender stereotypes that form in early childhood.
 
 
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENT: All users on Minecraft Education version 1.12.5 and earlier will not be able to log in after January 23, 2021.

On January 23, 2021, Minecraft Education Edition will be updating their sign-in servers, and after this update, you will need to be on M:EE 1.14.30 or newer to sign in. To continue using M:EE, please update to the latest version.
 
 
 
 
 
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Computer Science Education-ITI 
ITI is the office responsible for the expansion of computer science education to ensure access, equity, and opportunity District-wide. The District has committed to providing computer science education for all students by 2025, ensuring every student: 
Receives 20 hours of computer science instruction each year from Pre-kindergarten to 5th grade
Completes at least one rigorous and relevant computer science course in grades 6-8
Has access to a computer science pathway in grades 9-12
 
 
 
 
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TEACH COMPUTER SCIENCE: Interested in Bringing CS, CS Discoveries, Exploring CS, or AP CS Principles to your School in the Future? Applications are now open.
CS Discoveries (Grades 6 - 10)
Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem-solving, and fun. The application window is now open. Find out more about the program and application using this link. APPLICATION
AP CS Principles (Grades 9 - 12)
Computer Science Principles (APCS Principles) introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities. The application window is now open. Find out more about the program and application using this link. APPLICATION
Exploring CS (Grades 9 - 12)
Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is an introductory high school course designed to engage students in computational thinking and practice. If you are interested in teaching Exploring Computer Science and would like more information on the 2020-2021 Exploring Computer Science cohorts, please complete the computer science interest form. INTEREST FORM 
 
 
 
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Digital Citizenship Lessons For Teachers, By Teachers 
The Instructional Technology Initiative proudly unveils our “Digital Citizenship Lessons For Teachers, By Teachers” These resources are created by our Instructional Technology Facilitators with a special focus on practical and ready to implement lessons for the first ten days of school that span the range of building positive and safe online communities, cultivating digital citizens through social-emotional learning, to fostering inclusive online relationships.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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#EmpoweredByITI How-To Videos
The #EmpoweredByITI video collections are short, focused videos designed by ITI instructional technology facilitators with the goal of demonstrating instructionally rigorous ways of using digital tools and resources.
 
 
 
 
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ITI Professional Development Opportunities
ITI supports all schools district-wide with robust and rigorous professional learning by offering various models of support along a continuum to meet learners where they are. You can join our individual learning opportunities such as the Teacher Leader Network, ISTE Student Standards Suite; computer science sessions, or learn together as an Instructional Leadership Team through the Instructional Leadership Cohort. We invite you to join us in any of our learning sessions. Please visit MyPLN or the ITI website for more information about our Professional Learning Opportunities. 
 
 
 
 
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ITI Reaching Beyond the Classroom - Digital Citizen (Asynchronous Self-Paced)
This course is designed to support educators in preparing to engage with learners that need to be empowered to thrive in an increasingly evolving technological landscape. Through a variety of activities, this course will provide opportunities to learn L. A. Unified’s definition of Digital Citizenship, the District’s policies and best practices around engaging in digital learning environments, as well as provide a wealth of teaching and learning resources that educators can put into practice immediately. This course is offered through Schoology. The course can be completed at your discretion any time during the week since there will be no live webinar sessions conducted for this course.

Format: Ongoing Monthly - Asynchronous
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, ISTE, Digital Citizen)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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21st Century Learning Foundations
This course is designed and scheduled to be taken on the same day as the Digital Citizen course (see below). This highly interactive session provides a deep dive into the Instructional Technology Initiative’s publication, Leading with Instruction, and the ISTE Standards for Students. These sessions will be 2-hour synchronous with an additional 2-hour of asynchronous work. 

Date: January 16, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous and 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, ISTE, 21st Century Learning Foundations)
Compensation: District Training Rate or NBCT hours 
 
 
 
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ISTE Suite - Digital Citizen 
Learners will gain an understanding that being a good digital citizen is more than knowing your way around the web. This course is about understanding how to prepare students to make purposeful, smart, and ethical decisions in our digital world. These sessions will be 2-hour synchronous.

Date: January 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2 hour Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, ISTE, Digital Citizen)
Compensation: District Training Rate or NBCT hours
 
 
 
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ISTE Suite - Empowered Learner
This course provides learners the opportunity to explore how collaboration allows students to take an active role in achieving and demonstrating their learning goals. Three 2-hour synchronous sessions.

Dates: January 27, 2021
   January 28, 2021
   February 3, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, ISTE, Empowered Learner)
Compensation: District Training Rate or NBCT hours
 
 
 
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ISTE Suite - Innovative Designer
This course guides learners in understanding how to integrate a variety of technologies in the design process as they explore the development of innovative solutions to real world problems. Three 2-hour synchronous sessions.

Dates: February 17, 2021
   February 18, 2021
   February 24, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, ISTE, Innovative Designer)
Compensation: District Training Rate or NBCT hours
 
 
 
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Digital Presence with Purpose
In this two-hour session, learners will receive guidance on curating a digital
presence with a purpose that is aligned to District policy and the District’s digital
citizenship definition. Participants will explore promising practices from experts
who have managed digital engagement communities for national organizations.  

Sessions:  
March 8, 2021 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Virtual Connect
April 12, 2021 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Virtual Connect
May 10, 2021 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Virtual Connect
June 7, 2021 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Virtual Connect

Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, ISTE, Digital Citizen)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Developing Programming Skills (K-5)
Learners will get creative with physical computing. This is an introduction to programming in a way that is approachable and inviting. This session will be using block-based Microsoft MakeCode language and JavaScript.

Dates: January 16, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous and 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Spark Your Creativity Through Game-Based Learning with Minecraft: Education Edition
Learners will be introduced to Minecraft: Education Edition, a game-based learning platform that builds C+STEM skills, unleashes creativity and engages students in collaboration and problem-solving. (laptop or desktop preferred)

Date: February 6, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Beginning Creative Computing through Interdisciplinary Instruction (Grades PK-12)
This session guides educators through the basics of block coding utilizing the amazing Scratch platform. Learners will have a hands on experience in learning how to apply the creative arts and computing through an interdisciplinary approach. (Beginner)

Date: February 6, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Computer Science Fundamentals (K-5)
Educators will engage in a hands-on introduction to computer science, pedagogy, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. Sponsored by Code.org.
 
Dates: February 6, 2021
   February 27, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous and 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Explore Computer Science Fundamentals with Code.org - Grades K-5
Learners will explore basic computer science concepts and digital citizenship skills while creating interactive games, digital stories, and creative collaborative projects.(iPad, laptop or desktop preferred).
 
Dates: February 6, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Launch Into Beginning Computer Science Programming PK-8
Learners will learn to program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation and use it to collaborate with students using visual programming language and learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. 
 
Dates: February 6, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Navigating Computer Science (CSE) Grades PK-12
Educators and administrators are invited to explore the vision for computer science education. Explore possible solutions for your school site, learn about upcoming professional learning sessions, and review current standards.
 
Dates: February 6, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Foundations for Computational and Critical Thinking (Early Education)
This session will provide participants the opportunity to explore beyond the screen with Osmo’s vision technology and augmented intelligence. This is an adaptive hands-on experience for educators in Early Education. Participants will interact with different manipulatives to reinforce, math, English, coding, and student’s imagination.
 
Dates: February 27, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous | 2-hours Asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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An Introduction to Physical Computing (Grades PK-12)
In this four-hour session, educators will engage in understanding the basics and benefits of integrating physical computing in any subject area and will learn definitions for physical computing, computational thinking, and computer science education.
 
Dates: February 27, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous | 2-hours Asynchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Instructional Technology Planning Cohort 2020 - 2021
We invite school Instructional Leadership Teams (ILTs) to join us for a 3-day cohort to dialogue and develop an informed, effective school-wide plan for digital age learners. This is a professional learning opportunity which provides school Instructional Leadership Teams guidance in developing an Instructional Technology Plan for digital learning tailored to each school’s needs.
 
Dates: Day 1 - March 29, 2021
   Day 2 - March 30, 2021
   Day 3 - March 31, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous | 2-hours Asynchronous)
Registration: School leaders contact Maria Magnanimo-Toledo at mmagna1@lausd.net
Compensation: District Training Rate, salary point hours, or NBCT hours 
For more information please contact Maria Magnanimo-Toledo at mmagna1@lausd.net
 
 
 
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ITI Google Certified Educator Level 1
ITI’s Google Certified Educator Program* is designed for educators and classroom teachers who wish to demonstrate proficiency in using Google for Education tools:
The Level 1 status indicates that an educator is able to successfully implement Google Suite for Education into their teaching practice in order to enhance teaching and learning.
The Level 2 status indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google Suite for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform their teaching practice.
Once you become a Google Certified Educator, you can enhance instruction and foster collaborative practices. Certifications are valid for 36 months.

Dates: Day 1 - January 20, 2021
   Day 2 - January 21, 2021
   Day 3 - January 27, 2021
   Day 4 - January 28, 2021
   Day 5 - February 3, 2021
   Day 6 - February 4, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, Google Certification)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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ITI Google Certified Educator Level 2
ITI’s Google Certified Educator Program* is designed for educators and classroom teachers who wish to demonstrate proficiency in using Google for Education tools:
The Level 2 status indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google Suite for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform their teaching practice.
Once you become a Google Certified Educator, you can enhance instruction and foster collaborative practices. Certifications are valid for 36 months.

Dates: Day 1 - February 17, 2021
   Day 2 - February 18, 2021
   Day 3 - January 24, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords ITI, ISTE, Google Certification)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
 
 
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The Future of CS: Emerging Concepts in CS Education

Virtual 
January 16, 2021

This half-day summit will be an opportunity for K-12 CS educators to learn about emerging concepts in the field of CS and engage with industry experts on topics on the horizon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Future of Education Technology Conference

Virtual 
January 26-29, 2021

A free interactive online event. Keynotes. Sessions. Innovative Virtual Expo. And so much more!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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35th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Virtual 
February 2-9, 2021

The Thirty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-21) will be held virtually February 2-9, 2021. The purpose of the AAAI conference is to promote research in artificial intelligence (AI) and scientific exchange among AI researchers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers in affiliated disciplines. AAAI-21 will have a diverse technical track, student abstracts, poster sessions, invited speakers, tutorials, workshops, and exhibit and competition programs, all selected according to the highest reviewing standards. AAAI-21 welcomes submissions on mainstream AI topics as well as novel crosscutting work in related areas.
 
 
 
 
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Equity in Action Summit

Virtual 
March 6, 2021

The CSTA Equity Fellows 2020-2021 Cohort is pleased to present the CSTA Equity in Action Summit. This one-day virtual event brings together K-12 CS teachers to call out inequities of access and achievement in marginalized groups and to share strategies and resources to empower and equip teachers in addressing the digital divide.
 
 
 
 
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ISTE 2021: Designing A New Landscape

Virtual and in San Antonio, Texas 
June 27-30, 2021

Stay connected to receive updates on conference news.
 
 
 
 
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