CSTA Chapter News
This summer, like everything else it seems, we saw changes as our annual conference went virtual. Kudos to the folks that chose a great platform for this event of hopin.to  While it wasn't the same as being in person, it was an interesting platform that offered several features of a face-to-face event.  Included among the options were a live stage, breakout sessions, vendor floor, and networking opportunities.  For an old person like me, the networking felt too much like speed-dating so I opted out. The live sessions were mostly taped events that were played with a live audience, but the speakers, Dr. Benjamin and Linda Liukas were inspirational.  Dr. Benjamin has a great book, Race after Technology and Liukas has a series of cs books for children that you can check out on Amazon. One advantage to the format was that if you opted into a breakout lecture that wasn't to your liking, a simple click took you out of one and then into another - much less pressure than trying to avoid leaving the room in front of a live speaker! So it was fun to surf the breakouts. All in all, I got some ideas to help us plan our sessions in the months to come. Also, live, there are lots of new resources for CS teacher standards. If you haven't yet check them out here.
We were fortunate to be joined by Florida Department of Education folks to update us about the state of Computer Science.  We received lots of information from Justin Feller, the Computer Science Program Specialist, and he was joined by others.
January Meeting
 
We are ready to announce that the January in-person meet-up is now a special meeting inviting all persons interested in Florida CS education. The meeting will be a pre-conference event, as part of the CS Firehose (same format as the last two years). However, the agenda will be a bit different this year as we are sharing our time slot with the State Dept. of Education to have a bigger discussion about CS education in our state. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM.
 
January Meeting
 
We are ready to announce that the January in-person meet-up is now a special meeting inviting all persons interested in Florida CS education. The meeting will be a pre-conference event, as part of the CS Firehose (same format as the last two years). However, the agenda will be a bit different this year as we are sharing our time slot with the State Dept. of Education to have a bigger discussion about CS education in our state. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM.
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The State of Computer Science Education in Florida Roundtable and Q&A Session
 
Panelists:
· Katrina Figgett, Director of Innovation and Implementation, FLDOE
· Justin Feller, CS Specialist, FLDOE
· Joanne Barrett, Pres of CSTA Florida Chapter 
· Elizabeth Billingsley, CTE Program Specialist, FLDOE
· Kathleen Schofield, Project Manager, Stem2hub
· Cassandra Brown, Assistant Director, Title IV Part A, FLDOE
 
Join a panel of CS and tech education experts from the Florida Dept. of Education to engage in an open conversation about Computer Science Education in Florida, discuss current initiatives from the FLDOE and trends in CS Ed across the state. Bring questions or curiosities about what Florida is doing in the area of CS Education with you to this session!
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