Grants enable educators to attend computer science workshops
Grants are available to help Iowa school districts and accredited nonpublic schools with the cost for substitutes or stipends to enable educators to attend workshops aimed at developing K-12 computer science plans.
The grants are called SCRIPT Workshop Grants, in which the acronym stands for Strategic CSforALL Resource and Implementation Planning Tool. Grants will assist with implementing a 2020 state law, HF 2629, that requires districts and nonpublic schools to develop and implement a kindergarten through 12th grade computer science plan by July 1, 2022. The Iowa standards must be incorporated into the plans.
Funding is available thanks to a portion of a 2007 court-approved settlement of a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed against Microsoft Corp. being designated for K-12 computer science curriculum for students and training for teachers.
The area education agencies are providing the service by organizing and running CSforALL’s SCRIPT workshops. To best support districts and schools, here’s how the funding and reimbursement process will work:
- Districts and nonpublic schools can apply for funding to attend a registered SCRIPT workshop through IowaGrants, Funding Opportunity 413832. Applicants will be awarded funding on a rolling basis, until funding runs out. Administrator stipends will be covered as permitted by their contract. Maximum sub pay amount is $150 per day, based on the school’s regular rate. Maximum stipend amount is $20 per hour or $160 per day, based on the school’s regular rate.
- Once approved, districts and schools will submit a claim through IowaGrants showing costs associated with sub or stipend pay for eligible educators and administrators who attended the entire workshop. A status report is also required.
A portion of the $300,000 available has been allocated to the districts and nonpublic schools in each AEA. Funds will be awarded until all allocated funds have been accounted for.