The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has received a $200,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). CSTA will use the NSF award to identify local educational leaders who will work with the organization to improve the quality of computer science education at the state level. In addition to identifying and working with local leaders and established statewide organizations that concentrate on improving computer science, these funds will allow CSTA to develop a toolkit to aid communication among teachers and schools, administrators, policymakers, business and industry leaders. CSTA will also help facilitate mentoring relationships between K-12 leaders and post-secondary computer science faculty. CSTA is also planning a 3-day leadership conference for summer 2008 that will convene people from more than 38 states. These leaders will address CS standards, certification, professional development, partnerships, and ways to build local chapters.

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