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Registration open for CS&IT 2011

This is a conference for high school CS teachers, sponsored by CSTA.

Register Now for CSTA’s Annual CS&IT Conference

July 11, 12, & 13, 2011 Columbia University, New York

July 11: Hands-on Workshops

July 12:  Keynotes and Breakouts

July 13: Imagine Cup Activities

You are cordially invited to attend the 11h annual Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium at Columbia University Faculty House in New York, NY!

This CSTA conference is a professional development opportunity for computer science and information technology teachers who need practical, classroom focused information to help them prepare their students for the future.

Symposium Opportunities for Learning:

Take advantage of this opportunity for relevant professional development!

  • Explore issues and trends relating directly to your classroom
  • Network with top professionals from across the country
  • Interact with other teachers to gain new perspectives on shared challenges

Act now to register for Symposium 2011 at:

Pre-registration is required and will be accepted for the first 250 teachers. You will receive a letter of confirmation when your registration is processed that will include the final agenda and location details. Registration deadline is June 28, 2011. Also please note that you must complete the Google checkout in order to be fully registered for the conference!

Find more information (including the full agenda) at:

Thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors, the registration fee of $40 (+$50 per workshop) includes lunches, resource materials, conference reception, raffle, and exciting Microsoft Imagine Cup activities in New York City.

Please note that all workshops are “bring your own laptop” and that registration is limited to 25-30 participants so please be sure to register early to get your workshop choice.

The 2011 CSTA CS&IT conference is made possible by the generous support of Microsoft Research, Google, and the Anita Borg Institute.

Please join us for this exciting event!

Chris Stephenson

CSIT Conference Chair


March 3, 2011 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

What is the influence of Teach For America?

Below is a blog post from a documentarian who tried to answer the question in the title of this post.  I like stories like this — it’s not all positive or negative, it’s not Tea Party or Christian Coalition, it’s complex and worth trying to make sense of it all.  It’s a particularly relevant story this morning, as news is coming out that TFA is being targeted in the budget battles.  Why does teacher professional development have to become politicized?  Maybe because it is so important?

Fund-raising is tough sledding under normal circumstances, but this was downright depressing.  In every instance, I was asked a bottom line question, essentially “Is it all positive?” or “Is it all negative?”

Well, duh, of course it wasn’t.  We had captured reality, and reality is full of small victories and defeats.  A couple of the TFA teachers were splendid, seemingly born to teach.  Two were flops.  One got a raw deal from his principal and never hit his stride.  It was life, but no potential funders were interested in that story.

We ended up creating seven profiles and putting them on our web site, where you can see them for yourself and make your own judgments.

But it’s a shame that the world of teacher training has become so political. There’s no question that Wendy Kopp and Teach for America have changed the landscape and made a significant contribution.  But let’s not pretend that it’s all good or all bad.

via The Influence of TFA | Taking Note.

March 3, 2011 at 9:41 am 1 comment

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