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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 to students and aligned professional development to teachers. Associated equipment as well as stipends and substitute pay for teachers also may be covered. 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. 

Funding is available thanks to a portion of a 2007 court-approved settlement of a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed against Microsoft Corporation being designated for K-12 computer science curriculum for students and training for teachers. Iowa is fortunate to receive this support. 

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

Up to $50,000 grants: Each district or accredited nonpublic school/school system 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. Districts and schools will be required to detail allocation between grade bands in their grant application.

Equipment may be covered: In addition, to facilitate instruction, grants may now be utilized for equipment associated with the selected curriculum and aligned professional development, subject to Department of Education review. Districts and schools should first speak with their chosen vendor to identify need and support for equipment purchases.

Teacher stipends and substitute pay: To facilitate teacher participation in aligned professional development, grants may now also be used for stipends during non-contract hours and substitute pay if professional development takes place during contract hours.

School districts and accredited nonpublic schools/school systems are encouraged to make all requests for reimbursement in one submission.

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

  • A school district or accredited nonpublic school/school system 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. Associated equipment as well as stipends and substitute pay for teachers also may be covered.

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 as well as implementation and equipment support.

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
Randy Swartz
603-479-2265
rswartz@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 Pro Section License $2600 - 1 teacher & up to 30 students
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 Brandon Watson
415-889-3376
hello@codehs.com
Randy Swartz
603-479-2265
rswartz@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 Pro Section License $2600 - 1 teacher & up to 30 students
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.
$1,285/teacher

Supplies and materials
$100/teacher

Contact Information Brandon Watson
415-889-3376
hello@codehs.com
Randy Swartz
603-479-2265
rswartz@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
July 5, 2022 Application opens in IowaGrants.gov.
Open Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis.
May 31, 2023 Application closes in IowaGrants.gov when all funds have been awarded.
July 5, 2022 - June 30, 2023 Spending window
July 5 - Dec. 31, 2022, Due in IowaGrants.gov by Jan. 13, 2023 Status report for activity
July 21, 2023, Due in IowaGrants.gov Claim

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.

Webinars

How to Use CoderZ in the Iowa Classroom - Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85819131401?pwd=b2dURkhGdDF6bGtkTFpxeDFWeDdiZz09
Meeting ID: 858 1913 1401
Passcode: 3mV.^0

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 27, 2022 at 5:49am.