Professional Development

*NEW* Heartland AEA Computer Science: Brief Overview & Q/A Session Webinar Series

Administrators, teacher leaders and educators, join us to network with colleagues while learning about what the AEA can and will do to support the work of districts. 

Heartland AEA Computer Science Webinar Schedule, Agendas and Recordings

Computer Science Strategic Planning & Implementation (SCRIPT) Virtual Workshops

This workshop is for educators in Heartland AEA’s service area. During the workshop, participants will collaborate with their district team to complete CSforALL’s SCRIPT: The Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool. SCRIPT is a framework to guide teams of district administrators, school leaders and educators through a series of collaborative visioning, self-assessment and goal-setting exercises to create or expand upon a computer science education implementation plan for their students. District teams need to have at least one administrator, one elementary, one middle, and one high school teacher per district. View workshop details at this link.

  • Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4, 2022, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Via Zoom
  • April 12 & 19, 2022, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Heartland AEA in Johnston 

Possible Goals/Action Steps Prior to SCRIPT Workshop 

Computer Science Grant Opportunity Iowa Department of Education

The Department convened a review panel that scored and selected vendors to provide the curriculum and aligned professional development for K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade bands. Applicants could possibly receive up to $10,000 grants in each grade band, or a total of $30,000. Priority will be placed on awarding school districts and accredited nonpublic schools that do not currently offer computer science in one or more of the designated grade bands. Grant applications for this funding are open until all funds are awarded. More details at the Iowa Department of Education website.

AEA Computer Science Support & Department of Education Funding Opportunities – Aug. 2021 

AEA Learning Online Computer Science Standards Modules

Iowa’s Computer Science Standards self-paced, online modules explore the CSTA Standards, their connection to the K12 Computer Science Framework, and their place in Iowa. Completing these modules builds teachers’ understanding of the context and content of Iowa’s CS standards so they can implement them in their curriculum. 

AEA Learning Online Computer Science Modules here

Computer Science Professional Learning Menu

CS Professional Learning Menu – Iowa’s AEAs Statewide Computer Science team has compiled this list to help districts find professional development opportunities to meet their teachers’ needs.

CSTA Learning Opportunities

CSTA Event Calendar

CSTA Iowa CS Learning Series Fall 2021

If you have additional questions about professional learning opportunities or grant opportunities, contact the Heartland AEA Computer Science Team for the most up-to-date information. If you’d like to join the Heartland AEA Computer Science contact list, contact Marisa Dahl.

Professional Development