The Computer Science Teachers Association sent out a call for proposals for the Annual CSTA Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium (for 2011) today. This year the event will be expanded in length and will be held in New York, NY July 11-13, 2011. Yes, the Big Apple! This is the biggest and I maintain the best multi-session professional development event of the year. Between the high quality of the presentations and the networking opportunities and casual discussions this is an event where a computer science teacher can learn an amazing amount in a short time. It works because teachers who are doing new things, creative things, things in different ways or with different audiences share what they know and what they are learning with others. I encourage everyone to think about something they are ready and willing to share with their peers. This year they are looking for both one hour presentation and panels and three-hour workshops. Expanding the conference and allowing for more workshops is something people have asked for in the past. This year is the year!

Some of the call is copied below:

The CS&IT 2011 Program Committee seeks proposal submissions related to the practice of teaching and learning computer science and information technology in K-12. Proposals will be accepted for one-hour presentations or panels or for three-hour workshops.

The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2011. Review of proposals will occur shortly thereafter and notification of decision will be made on or about March 1, 2011. Successful proposers should expect to be asked to submit a reasonably final copy by June 20 so as to minimize any last minute complications.

We desire a varied program of interest to all teachers of computing in K-12 education. All submission will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • · technical quality,
  • · writing and presentation,
  • · relevance to CS&IT (focus on K-12 computer science or information technology).

Proposers are required to:

  • · identify all presenters
  • · provide an overview of the session
  • · describe the intended audience (level, knowledge, …)
  • · indicate session activity in sufficient detail for an informed decision
  • · discuss presenter background and presentation experience

All proposals will be submitted through the online symposium submission system that can be found at: https://www.softconf.com/b/csta2011/

Additional conference details can be found at http://www.csitsymposium.org/