Tuesday, September 10, 2013


CSTA members (you are a member right?) should have seen this in their email. The CSTA annual conference is in my humble opinion the single best professional development experience for K-12 computer science teachers. Please think about proposing a workshop or session or at least attending.

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) invites you to participate in the 14th Annual CSTA Conference. This event will be held July 14-15, 2014, in St. Charles, Illinois (just outside Chicago).

The CSTA 2014 Program Committee seeks proposal submissions related to the practice of teaching and learning computer science and information technology in K–12. In addition to 3-hour workshops and 1-hour sessions, this year's conference will include a limited number of 20-minute mini-sessions that focus on pedagogy and best teaching practices.  Proposals for all three session types must include:

  • the names and contact information for all presenters
  • an overview of the session
  • a description of the intended audience (level, knowledge, …)
  • a description of session activity (in sufficient detail for an informed decision)
  • presenter background and presentation experience

Presenters will have the use of a computer projector and screen.  If additional equipment or facilities are required, this should be clearly requested in the proposal; it may be possible to accommodate such requests but this cannot be guaranteed.Presenters will be required to pay for their conference registration.

All proposals will be submitted through the online symposium submission system that can be found at https://www.softconf.com/d/csta2014. If you encounter a problem with the submission system, please contact Duncan Buell at buell@acm.org.

The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2013. Review of proposals will occur shortly thereafter and notification of a decision will be made around January 1, 2014.  All submission will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • technical quality
  • writing and presentation
  • relevance to CSTA (focus on K-12 computer science or information technology)

Successful proposers should expect to be asked to submit a reasonably final copy of their presentation by June 8, 2014.

Additional conference details can be found at http://www.cstaconference.org.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and to your attendance at the symposium.

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