CSPdWeek is Cancelled for 2020
As we’ve continued to monitor the situation concerning COVID-19, the CSPdWeek team has been taking public safety and public health seriously while trying to consider the needs of teachers who want professional development. Many of us are finding ourselves balancing full-time work with full-time childcare and working hard to adapt to empty store shelves, social distancing, and the challenges of distance learning. We know this is already impacting you, your students, and your families, and that continued uncertainly only makes an anxious time more stressful.In an effort to protect public health and minimize the uncertainty, we have made the difficult to decision to cancel National CSPdWeek for 2020.
This decision was not made lightly. Educators are natural optimists — it’s in our blood to believe that the best outcome is always possible! But we feel that keeping things undecided at this point was doing more harm than good, and we know that teachers deserve clear communication and messaging. Your health matters more than our numbers. We hope to return in 2021, when the work of building our community and strengthening our professional networks will be more important than ever.
We also work with local and statewide CSPdWeek teams across the country, many of whom are still planning to run locally-based professional development this summer. National CSPdWeek may be cancelled this year, but we encourage you to investigate the opportunities that exist in your local communities.
This is an especially difficult time for the students and families who are the most vulnerable, and we are cognizant of the incredible lengths many of you are going to in order to continue teaching and serving those students right now. We are all in this together, and we are keeping you in our thoughts.
What is CSPdWeek?
CSPdWeek is a week-long residential professional development experience for computer science educators to support teachers and schools in offering inclusive and rigorous computer science learning opportunities. In addition to the National CSPdWeek in Colorado, many regions, states and communities are offering their own satellite CSPdWeeks as well.