CSTA South Dakota News
CSTA-SD is a professional education association with membership open to all educators and other stakeholders committed to promoting, expanding, and enhancing Computer Science and other computing disciplines in South Dakota.  CSTA-SD is the source of ideas, information, and support for Computer Science educators in South Dakota.

We are currently accepting applications for open board positions.  If you are a Computer Science advocate residing in South Dakota and a CSTA-South Dakota member in good standing, you are eligible to apply!
 
CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) - South Dakota is hosting its annual meeting and social on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, in the "Underground" of the Blarney Stone Pub (333 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls) from 5:30 - 9:00 pm.
 
Schedule of Event (times are a little flexible):
5:30 - 6:00 pm - Happy Hour
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Annual Meeting
6:30 - 7:00 pm - Guest Speaker, Dustin Stage, OmniTech
7:00 - 9:00 pm - Social (including food and drinks)
 
Registration closes on Sunday, March 27, 2022!
 

COMPUTER SCIENCE TEACHERS OF SOUTH DAKOTA WILL BE SPONSORING NATIONAL POLICY MAKER-- RUTHE FARMER

National Speaker Ruthe Farmer is an American policymaker and activist focused on increasing participation in technology and engineering. She will be virtually presenting at the South Dakota Computer Science Teachers Meeting on February 15, 2022 at 8 pm CST/ 7 pm MST. Online

The Computer Science Teachers Association of South Dakota would like to announce a free virtual presentation by Ruthe Farmer.

Vice President of CSTA South Dakota, Rise Jongeling stated “This is a great opportunity to listen to and experience a computer science advocate on the national and global level, Ruthe Farmer will encourage, support and not disappoint all who listen.”

Ruthe Farmer is a talent entrepreneur laser-focused on inclusion. She is the founder and CEO of the Last Mile Education Fund and most recently was chief evangelist at CSforALL. As senior policy advisor for tech inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy where she led implementation of President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All (CSforAll). While at the White House, Farmer launched the Summit on Computer Science for All and persuaded more than 500 community partners to make public commitments to advance and support computer science for students.

Prior to joining the White House, Farmer served as chief strategy and growth officer at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and director of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance, for eight years. She served as the 2012 chair of Computer Science Education Week and was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013. The Education UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015.

Well known as an advocate for equity and inclusion in technology, Farmer has been invited to speak at the United Nations, the European Parliament, the White House, the Washington Post, TEDxBeaconStreet, Oxford University, the Federal Reserve, the US

Patent and Trademark Office, and many universities and colleges. She has been an advisor to PBS SciGirls Latina and SciGirls Code, RoadTrip Nation, the Girls Choice Awards, and has served on the high-level advisory board of the European Centre for Women in Technology.

Ruthe Farmer currently serves in an advisory capacity for Girls Computing League, Project CS Girls, Reinvented Magazine, E4USA, the Day One Project, and Schmidt Futures. Farmer has been a guest contributor to TechCrunch and the Shriver Report, and has been featured in Forbes, The Financial Times, TechRepublic and EdScoop. She holds a BA in Communications and German from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA focused on Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University of Oxford

CSTA-SD is launching this professional development opportunity by providing a virtual professional development and networking session on Wednesday. February 15, 2022 at 8 pm CST/ 7 pm MST. Online Sign up HERE.

Schedule:

Dec 6 -- Meet each other Monday -- Say "hi" on Flipgrid (https://flipgrid.com/fa6e1624) and get to know who's interested in computer science in SD!
Dec 7 -- Talk about Computer Science Tuesday -- Tweet what you are doing to teach/promote computer science and tag @CSTASouthDakota
Dec 8 -- We made it to Wednesday! Tweet what computer science curriculum(s) you are using in your classroom and tag @CSTASouthDakota
Dec 9 -- Tech Tip Thursday -- Share your favorite tech tip or tool on Twitter and tag us @CSTASouthDakota
Dec 10 -- Finale Friday -- Post photos and / or recaps of your week. Tag us @CSTASouthDakota
 
Participate on Twitter / Flipgrid all week long!!! There's prizes from our Code.org Regional Partner (Technology and Innovation in Education). (Drawing will be held on Friday December 10 at 4:00 pm)