Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CSTA Announces a new K-12 Administrator Impact Award

Great new program from CSTA and code.org. We sometimes forget that administrators can have a huge role in promoting and developing computer science programs in schools. This is an attempt to recognize those outstanding individuals in our schools.

CSTA 2014 Administrator Impact Award

The Computer Science Teachers' Association, in partnership with Code.org, has established an award to recognize an administrator who has made an outstanding contribution in K-12 computer science. The purpose of this award is to identify and promote administrators who have made a significant impact to improve access to and the quality of computer science education.


Any public or private school administrator who is a CSTA member in good standing may be nominated for the CSTA Administrator Impact Award. Both the nominated administrator and the nominee must be able to attend (at CSTA's expense) the 2014 CSTA Annual Conference scheduled for July 14th and 15th in St. Charles, Illinois. The winner and the person who submitted the nomination will be encouraged, although not required, to present at a dedicated session at the conference.

The Award

The Computer Science Teachers Association will award the winner and the nominating educator an all expense paid trip to the 2014 CSTA Annual Conference to be held in St. Charles, Illinois. The winner will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the conference and will be featured in an article in the CSTA Voice.

Application Deadline

The application must be submitted online no later than March 3, 2014. See below for the Application Process.

Notification of Winners

The winning nominator and awardee will be contacted by April 11, 2014. The winner will be posted on the CSTA website by April 18, 2014. The winner will be announced to all CSTA members via email by May 1, 2014.

Application Process

To complete the online application, go to http://tinyurl.com/cstaaaward

You will need to enter the following information:

  • Nominator Information (name, school name, school city and state, email address, phone number)
  • Nominee Information (name, title, school district, email, phone number)
  • Description of how the person nominated has influenced or improved K-12 computer science education
  • Description of the scope and impact this person has had on the school, district, state, or national level
  • Description of the special qualities the person nominated demonstrates as an educator and leader.

Evaluation Criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of how the administrator influenced or improved K-12 computer science education. The scope and the impact of the nominee's contribution may extend to school, district, state and/or national levels. The nominee should possess outstanding educator and leadership qualities as documented by the nominator. Significant impact of the contribution should be broad enough to be replicated by other school districts and must be sustainable over time. Leadership qualities may be demonstrated through a variety ways including innovative approaches to local or national computer science challenges, mentoring of teachers, and visionary thinking.

Recommendations for Preparing the Application

  • The online application must be completed in its entirety in one sitting. It cannot be saved and/or continued at a later time
  • Keep the narratives simple, unformatted, and concise
  • Descriptions may be completed in a word processor then copied and pasted on the application; however, formatting may not be copied.

To complete an online application for the CSTA Administrator Award, please go to:



Contact Chris Stephenson at c.stephenson@csta-hq.org


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