October 2020 Newsletter

Content for Members
Learning Opportunities
Calendar Updates

October Meeting Minutes

We hope this finds all of you staying safe and keeping well during this challenging year. Due to the pandemic, we are holding our meetings in Zoom until it becomes safe to resume physical meetings. Our first meeting of the year was held on October 6, 2020. Under a goal-setting grant from the National CSTA, several members won pizzas that Domino’s delivered during the meeting. The chapter set three goals which are to (1) increase active membership, (2) expand professional development options, and (3) increase our chapter’s web presence and social media. Casey Rock from CyberSec Labs made the meeting’s invited presentation about building the cybersecurity professionals of tomorrow (to follow up, send email to rockc@udel.edu). Then the meeting split into breakout rooms devoted to K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and higher ed. The next meeting’s special topic is the Hour of Code.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Please mark your calendars for the following Tuesday evenings when we will hold meetings of the CSTA Delaware Chapter. All of these meetings take place from 7:30 PM until 9 PM.

  • December 1, 2020

  • February 2, 2021

  • April 13, 2021

In addition to these local chapter meetings, the national CSTA hosts events you may also wish to attend. Follow this link to see the CSTA National Events Calendar.
CSTA 2021 Annual Conference

The CSTA 2021 Annual Conference will be held virtually online from July 14-15, 2021. Please mark your calendars. If you would like to present at the conference, applications are due by November 8, 2021.

State of 2020 CS Report

Follow this link to read the State of 2020 CS Report. Although the United States has made progress toward our shared goal of providing access to high-quality computer science education for every student, we still have a lot more work to do. Delaware’s profile is on page 41.

Call for Officer Candidates

The CSTA Delaware Chapter holds elections annually for its officers. Please nominate yourself or one of your colleagues to serve. Send nominations to one of the existing officers by emailing kammas.kersch@gmail.com, Colleen.Hoban@colonial.k12.de.us, or fth@udel.edu.

Renew Your CSTA Credentials

All members of CSTA Delaware need to renew your memberships by following this link to https://www.csteachers.org/page/individual-membership. As you will see, you can join totally for free, or you can pay $50 annually to become a CSTA+ member.

Join the Delaware Chapter of CSTA

After you renew your membership in the National CSTA, please be sure to join the CSTA Delaware Chapter. There is no additional charge for joining the Delaware Chapter.


The CSTA has created an excellent page full of resources for dealing with the pandemic, including links to online learning tools, PD, and mindfulness resources to keep grounded during these uncertain times. To peruse these valuable resources, follow this link to the CSTA COVID Page.

CSTA 2020 Conference Recordings

CSTA+ members have access to video recordings of the sessions presented at the CSTA 2020 Conference. There are curated recordings of each keynote and session with access to the slides for most sessions. These videos include the CSTA 2020 keynote address delivered by Code.org founder and CEO Hadi Partovi, who spoke on the past, present, and future of computer science education.