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Computer Science Curriculum and Professional Development Grants

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Computer Science Curriculum and Professional Development Grants are available to help Iowa school districts and accredited nonpublic schools with the cost of providing high-quality computer science curriculum for students and aligned professional development for teachers. Grants will assist with implementing a 2020 state law that requires high schools to offer computer science instruction starting July 1, 2022, and middle and elementary schools to provide computer science starting July 1, 2023. The goal with the funding, however, is for teachers to begin professional development in summer 2022 and for classroom instruction to begin in fall 2022.

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. Iowa is fortunate to receive this support. In addition to the $3.7 million, up to $300,000 will be spent to help districts and nonpublic schools develop local K-12 computer science plans as required by the 2020 state law. More details will be provided soon regarding the $300,000 for computer science plan development.

An Iowa Department of Education review panel selected nine proposals to provide high-quality curriculum and aligned professional development. They include:

K-5

  • BootUp PD
  • CoderZ
  • NewBoCo

6-8

  • CodeHS
  • CoderZ
  • NewBoCo

9-12

  • CodeHS
  • CoderZ
  • NewBoCo

The Department originally announced a $10,000 limit per grade band (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) under this funding opportunity, with a maximum potential award of $30,000 per district. Effective immediately, the grade band limit has now been removed, as has the overall amount available, in effort to provide for increased flexibility and local need. Each district approved for a grant can now receive up to $50,000 and may divide these funds between grade bands as they see fit. For example, a district may now spend all $50,000 on K-5 computer science curriculum and teacher training material if needed and aligned to their computer science plan. Equal distributions of $10,000 between the K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grades are no longer required.

Grants will be made available to eligible school districts and accredited nonpublic schools for the following purpose:

  • A school district or accredited nonpublic school may apply to the Department of Education to receive money from the fund by selecting from options organized by grade ban to provide high-quality computer science curriculum and aligned professional development.

Priority will be placed on awarding school districts and accredited nonpublic schools that do not currently offer computer science in one or more of the designated grade bands K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. After adhering to that priority, awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

The goal of this grant program is to build the capacity of Iowa schools to provide high-quality computer science instruction reflecting K-12 state computer science standards.

It is important that districts let the vendor know they are participating in the grant for reporting purposes.

Schools are also encouraged to apply for a SCRIPT Workshop Grant to expand computer science.

K-5

Vendor BootUp PD Coder Z NewBoCo
Curriculum Curriculum
$0

CoderZ Adventure
$2,000/building

CoderZ Robotics 101
$2,400/building

(Maximum request of $2,400)

Fundamentals
$0
Professional Development Up to 45 teachers (12 hours) and 10 Instructional Coaches (4-8 hours) and Consulting
$23,400
6 hours, virtual
$75/teacher
2 days, virtual (Intro and Deep Dive Workshops)
Cost includes staff support time, facilitator costs, virtual facilitation and workshop
supplies.
$220/teacher
Contact Information Abby Funabiki
435-631-2056
abby@bootuppd.org
Chris Niemeyer
480-510-4294
ChrisN@gocoderz.com
Samantha Dahlby
319-382-5128
samantha@newbo.co
Master Agreement, Technical and Cost Proposal BootUp PD Agreement and Proposal (K-5) Intellitek Agreement and Proposal (K-5) NewBoCo Agreement and Proposal (K-5)

6-8

Vendor CodeHS Coder Z NewBoCo
Curriculum Starter License
$4000
Iowa Tech Apps and Coding
Course Catalog

CoderZ Adventure
$2000/building
CoderZ Robotics 101,
CoderZ Robotics 102,
Python Gym
$2,400/building

Discoveries
$0
Professional Development

Half-day virtual

$250/teacher

6 hours, virtual
$75/teacher

9 days + meetups during the year, virtual.
Cost includes: materials/kit, admin staff support, facilitator, community
building and meetup, virtual facilitation.
$1,650/teacher

Supplies and materials
$100/teacher

Contact Information Adrianne Mikes
415-889-3376
hello@codehs.com
Chris Niemeyer
480-510-4294
ChrisN@gocoderz.com
Samantha Dahlby
319-382-5128
samantha@newbo.co
Master Agreement, Technical and Cost Proposal CodeHS Agreement and Proposal (6-8) CoderZ Agreement and Proposal (6-8) NewBoCo Agreement and Proposal (6-8)

9-12

Vendor CodeHS Coder Z NewBoCo
Curriculum Starter License
$4000
Course 3A
AP CS Principles
Course 3B
AP CS A (Nitro)
Course Catalog

CoderZ Adventure
$2000/building
CoderZ Robotics 101,
CoderZ Robotics 102,
Python Gym
$2,400/building

Principles
$0
Professional Development

Half-day virtual

$250/teacher

6 hours, virtual
$75/teacher

9 days + meetups during the year, virtual.
Cost includes: materials/kit, admin staff support, facilitator, community
building and meetup, virtual facilitation.
$1,650/teacher

Supplies and materials
$100/teacher

Contact Information Adrianne Mikes
415-889-3376
hello@codehs.com
Chris Niemeyer
480-510-4294
ChrisN@gocoderz.com
Samantha Dahlby
319-382-5128
samantha@newbo.co
Master Agreement, Technical and Cost Proposal CodeHS Agreement and Proposal (9-12) CoderZ Agreement and Proposal (9-12) NewBoCo Agreement and Proposal (9-12)

Due Dates

Date(s) Task
Aug. 16, 2021 Application opens in IowaGrants.gov.
Open Application closes in IowaGrants.gov when all funds have been awarded.
Open Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis.
June 1 - Sept. 30, 2022 Spending window. All professional development must begin and be paid by Sept. 30. Curriculum must be purchased and paid for Sept. 30.
June 1 - 30, 2022, due in IowaGrants.gov by July 8, 2022 Claim 1.
June 1 - Sept. 30, 2022, due in IowaGrants.gov by Oct. 14, 2022 Status report for activity.
July 1 - Sept. 30, 2022, due in IowaGrants.gov by Oct. 14, 2022 Claim 2.

Guidance Documents

Grant Application and Implementation Guidance - Applicants should thoroughly read prior to completing the application and budget forms in IowaGrants.gov.

Application Information (including questions)

Forms

Application and budget forms available on IowaGrants.gov.

New users: See IowaGrants.gov - Grantee Instructions for Registering for instructions on how to set up or transfer an account.

Vendor Webinars

BootUp

  • Thursdays, Jan. 13, 20, 27 and Feb. 3 from 8-8:30 a.m.
    Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87650974722
    Meeting ID: 876 5097 4722
    One tap mobile: +13126266799, 87650974722# US (Chicago)
  • Tuesdays, Jan. 18, 25 and Feb. 1, 8 from 3-3:30 p.m.
    Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84058018958
    Meeting ID: 840 5801 8958
    One tap mobile: +13126266799, 84058018958# US (Chicago)

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on January 23, 2022 at 3:47pm.