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Apply for state computer science professional development grants

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Grants to support computer science professional development for teachers across Iowa are now available. Iowa school districts, accredited nonpublic schools, Area Education Agencies and collaboratives are encouraged to apply starting Monday, Aug. 1. Funding for the 2022-23 school year is made possible by a $500,000 state appropriation, and is helping schools meet a new requirement to provide high-quality K-12 computer science instruction.

The grant program, known as the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund, has two purposes: (1) supporting training that takes place at the AEA, district or school level and (2) covering the cost of earning a university or college endorsement that demonstrates expertise in computer science. Applications for endorsement funding may be retroactive to July 1, 2022. Grants also cover the 5-12 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Information Technology Endorsement. 

While the window to apply for grants for training or endorsements, or both, opens today, it will close Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, for the AEA-, district- or school-level professional development grants. It will close Wednesday, May 31, for the endorsement grants, or earlier if all funds are obligated.

A 2020 state law, established by House File 2629, requires accredited high schools to offer at least one high-quality computer science course starting with the 2022-23 school year. By the 2023-24 school year, middle schools must offer high-quality computer science instruction in either seventh or eighth grade and elementary schools in at least one grade level.

For more information on the grant opportunity, including application requirements and timelines, visit the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund webpage or contact Justin Lewis at justin.lewis@iowa.gov.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on August 18, 2022 at 9:06pm.