2016 was a year of firsts for WeTeachCS. We offered our first online course, paid our first CIP stipends, held our first WeTeachCS Summit, and announced our first WeTeachCS Change Maker Awards and Mini-Grants, which were sponsored by Oracle Academy. Now it’s 2017 and we’re still offering Certification Prep courses and paying CIP stipends. We’re also planning our next WeTeachCS Summit (June 5-7), which will include awarding new Change Maker Awards and Mini-Grants, but this year will be a little different. This year, we’re doubling the number of Awards and Mini-Grants we’ll be announcing. This means we’re fortunate enough to announce that we’ve added a new sponsor as well and for 2017, IBM is joining Oracle Academy in sponsoring the WeTeachCS Change Maker Awards and Mini-Grants and we couldn’t be happier! Now all we need are some awesome nominees, which is where you come in.

Starting today, we’re acceptation nominations for 2017 WeTeachCS Change Maker Award and Mini-Grants. We know we have some amazing CS teachers out there and we want you to tell us who they are. All nominations must be received by April 28, 2017.

2017 WeTeachCS Change Maker Awards

To nominate a Texas educator for the WeTeachCS Change Maker Awards, start by filingl out the online application. Sponsored by Oracle Academy and IBM, four awards of $750 each will be given in 2017. You may self-nominate. In addition to the application, two letters of recommendation are required and should be submitted via email to nathalie.b@utexas.edu.  These can be from colleagues, administrators, parents and/or students and should address the following questions:

  • What about this teacher qualifies them as one of the best in the state of Texas for CS?
  • How has this teacher impacted your campus through their CS courses?
  • How has this teacher increased access to CS for students that aren’t usually represented in CS courses?
  • What did you enjoy most about being in their class?
  • What has this teacher done to advance and promote CS beyond the courses they teach?

Eligible participants must have taught one or more of the following courses during the 2016-2017 school year in a Texas public, charter, or private school.

  • CS 1
  • CS 2
  • CS 3
  • AP CS A
  • CS Principles
  • IB Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of CS
  • Computer Programming
  • Advanced Computer Programming
  • Robotics
  • Video Game Design
  • Mobile App Development
  • Web Design

Nominations with letters of support are due by Friday, April 28, 2017.

Award recipients will be notified no later than May 17, 2017. The WeTeachCS Change Maker Awards will be presented at the WeTeachCS Summit on June 5-7, 2017.

WeTeachCS Change Maker Award Online Application

2017 WeTeachCS Mini-Grants

To apply for one of four WeTeachCS Mini-Grants, please complete the online application. Mini-grants are sponsored by Oracle Academy and IBM. The mini-grants will support instructional resources and materials used for teaching and learning K-12 Computer Science. Potential projects include those conducted during after-school activities, summer camps, or in-school programs. Institutions of awardees will be provided up to $1,500 in advance of projects to support activities which must be completed by May 31, 2018.

Review criteria:

  • Clearly defined objectives and outcomes
  • Well-defined activities specifically related to the project goals
  • Attention to equity – how the project will serve groups traditionally underserved in CS education
  • An innovative approach to teaching and learning CS subjects
  • A realistic evaluation demonstrating quantifiable results
  • If technology is requested, identification of its integration into CS in unique and innovative ways must be clear
  • Itemized, reasonable budget and justification that relate to the project
  • Plan for sustainability after mini-grant funding expires

Deadline for applications is April 28, 2017.

Award recipients will be notified no later than May 17, 2017. The WeTeachCS Mini-Grants will be presented at the WeTeachCS Summit on June 5-7, 2017.

WeTeachCS Mini-Grant Online Application


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