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2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Leader Award

Application Form


CS4RI (Computer Science for Rhode Island) in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Computer Science Teachers Association - Rhode Island affiliate (CSTA-RI) will recognize an outstanding educator with the 2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science (CS) Education Leader Award for contributions to CS education in the classroom, district, state, or community.


The CS Education Leader Award includes:
•    A certificate of recognition from CS4RI
•    Inclusion in print and online promotional materials.
•    A cash award of $1,000 to the recipient for use in the classroom.

REQUIREMENTS - Who can apply?

Applicant must be a full-time, licensed K-12 educator at a public school in Rhode Island who has at least 3 years of experience teaching and 1 year of computer science teaching.  Members of the leadership teams of CS4RI and CSTA-RI are not eligible to apply.  A team of two teachers may apply if lessons involve collaboration between teachers.  (This could be lessons taught between two different classrooms or collaborative team teaching.)  Each team member must meet all requirements and if selected, will receive half of the cash award. The winner(s) must be able to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the CS Education Leader.

All applicants must submit a completed application which includes an uploaded resume, names of 2 references, and responses to five reflective questions.


July 1, 2019                              
       Application process opens to all educators in Rhode Island public schools.
July 31, 2019                            
       Application process closes at 11:59PM.
August 1-23, 2019              
       Applications reviewed by CS4RI Committee.
Week of September 2, 2019     
       Award recipient notified.
September 28, 2019         
       Award recipient is honored at WaterFire.


Please complete this online application form to be eligible.


CS4RI is looking to honor educators who demonstrate a strong commitment to computer science education in their schools, districts, and communities.  Applications will be evaluated on evidence that includes, but is not limited to, personal commitment to professional growth, impact on implementing sustainable CS education, and excitement for computer science education and CS4RI initiative.


The CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Leader Award recipient will become a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association - Rhode Island Affiliate (CSTA-RI) and will conduct a presentation at one of the CSTA-RI monthly meetings during the 2019-2020 school year. 


CS4RI is a state initiative with the goal of bringing high quality computer science (CS) learning experiences to all students.  It represents a partnership between Rhode Island state government, the Rhode Island Department of Education, K-12 schools, higher education, private industry, and non-profits across Rhode Island. 

CS4RI focuses on building educator capacity by providing access to quality computer science professional development opportunities, developing rigorous and sustainable K-12 pathways, supporting districts with implementation strategies and resources, and accelerating demand and momentum for CS education.  CS4RI continue to prioritize and identify broadening participation as a major target.

CSTA-RI, the state chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, connects Rhode Island computer science teachers, provides professional development, and provides a community of professional and educational support. 

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11. Grade Level *This question is required.
12. What CS curriculum do you use?  Check all that apply. *This question is required.
14. Total Years of Teaching Experience (including this current school year)? *This question is required.

Please include the name and contact information for references. This person may be a colleague, principal, former educator, parent/caregiver of a current or former student or community partner that can speak to your (or teams’) work as a CS leader within the state.
Essay: Please respond to the following five reflective questions. Each question should not exceed 1/2 page, single spaced, 12pt font with 1-inch margins.

Please include your name, school, and grade you teach in the header.

24. Why do you think computer science is important for all students to learn? *This question is required.
25. How have you overcome any computer science-related challenges that you faced? *This question is required.
26. Identify ways you try to create an inclusive computer science classroom.  Include instructional strategies, pedagogy, curriculum and materials, physical environment, accessibility, etc. *This question is required.
27. What are your recommendations for implementing a sustainable computer science program in your school or district for all students?  What is needed to accomplish this? *This question is required.
28. If you could change one thing about computer science at a national, state, or local level, what would it be and why?
  *This question is required.
29. Please upload  your resume. *This question is required.
30. I agree that all provided information may be shared with CS4RI and CSTA-RI. *This question is required.
31. I agree that, if selected, I am willing to participate CSTA-RI monthly meetings. *This question is required.
32. I would like to be added to the CS4RI and CSTA-RI mailing lists. *This question is required.