Here are a few important things we wanted to share with you!
From your Board:  Your CT CSTA Board loves you and we know how hard you're working in your classrooms because we're working hard in our classrooms.  That's why our next meeting is all about what you need.  A little T, L, & C.  "Teachers" "Lessons" and "Community.  We're focusing on equitable access of students, Social Emotional Learning for all, and ensuring you walk away with resources and supports to get you to the bell with a smile on your face!  Do you have a 5 minute resource / share-out you would like to pitch into our Cookie Swap?  We have an open spot for YOU!
 
In this Bulletin:  The big event for this Newsletter is our next Chapter Meeting, this coming Monday, November 9th from 5PM - 7PM!  We also have elections going on so don't hesitate to vote for your chapter leadership!  Last day to vote in November 8th!
 
Meeting Link:   ZOOM   Passcode:  2z1RCm.
Add to your Calendar:  Click here
Our Next Chapter Meeting!
 
Our next Chapter meeting is:
November 9th, 2020 - 5:00PM - 7:00PM
 
View our Agenda!
Location:  Virtual!  Check the Agenda for invite links.
 
Special Event:  Election Results Announced!
Guest Speaker
 
Steven Bagley - Licensed social worker on Social Emotional Learning!
 
Steven Bagley graduated from ECSU and UCONN with a Master’s degree in Social Work, concentrating on group work facilitation. Over the last 8 years, he has provided school-based therapeutic services in the public school system, with areas of interest that include crisis management, recreational psychoeducation, community organization, and LGBTQIA+ issues. He also has served as a Dean of Student Activities for the Forman School Summer Program and Social Worker for the Region 6 Extended School Year Program, serving the towns of Warren, Morris, and Goshen, CT.
Classroom Resource Cookie Swap
 
A special event that we will be trying out is a VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP.  The flyer is HERE.   You are welcome to eat your own cookies in the comfort of your home while sharing your favorite teaching idea for 3-5 minutes. 
 
Some possible ideas are: 
Time Savers
CS ideas that do not have a lot of prep (save time)
CS ideas for great learning
Yoga and Mindfulness for the Classroom
.... Your Amazing Idea?
 
Super Secret challenge:  Acclaim to anyone who can tell me where this cookie image came from.
Chapter Elections are being held!  Vote Now! (Please)
 
Voting is now open for CT CSTA Board and Advisor positions.  As a member of our chapter you have a voice in our electoral process and we would invite you to use it by voting!
 
To further assist you in your civic duty we have compiled a document summarizing the candidates and have asked them to submit a brief writeup as to why they feel qualified to hold the position they're running for.  Feel free to review this document before voting.
 
To Vote:  Please refer to this Google Form to submit your vote for the 2020-2021 Board and Advisors.
 
Voting closes Sunday November 7th so we can notify those involved and put the finishing touches on our November 9th chapter meeting.  If you have any questions or concerns please direct them to our chapter librarian, Brad Kjell who acts as our impartial overseer of the election process.
 
FOR FULL TRANSPARENCY:  The current Board is making arrangements to refactor the election timeframe to have elections run in the Spring.  That way new Board members have the Summer to train & transition and then plan the school year in their designs.  That means this election season will run shorter than prior years.
Remember, your Connecticut Computer Science Teacher's association loves you!