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2021 Computing Educator Diversity Initiative (CEDI) Application

The Computing Educator Diversity Initiative (CEDI) consists of in-service teachers of color who will work within a community of practice as together they deepen their CS content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and equitable strategies.

One of the most effective ways to help students build a CS identity is to give them role models with whom they can identify. The National Science Foundation has identified the following groups as historically underrepresented in computer science: women, persons with disabilities, Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. The CEDI project will recruit educators who identify with these student populations to become certified high school computer science teachers and thus serve as role models for the students who have been historically excluded from the computing profession.

The Computing Educator Diversity Initiative (CEDI) consists of in-service Texas-certified teachers who will work within a community of practice as they deepen together their CS content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and equitable strategies and are supported to obtain their high school CS teacher certification. The application process for this program consists of completing the information below. All information in the application form must be filled in completely, as the information is necessary for reporting purposes.


Participants will be notified of acceptance as soon as they are selected.  Space is very limited, therefore completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program.

Applicants must attend the virtual Summer and Fall institutes which are scheduled for the dates below:

  1. Applications Open - April 21, 2021
  2. Application Deadline - May 9, 2021
  3. Program Orientation - May 13, 2021, 6:00-7:30pm
  4. Introduction to Programming Course
    1. May 18, 2021 - 6:00-8:00pm
    2. May 20, 2021 - 6:00-8:00pm
    3. May 25, 2021 - 6:00-8:00pm
    4. May 27, 2021 - 6:00-8:00pm
    5. June 1, 2021 - 6:00-8:00pm
    6. June 3, 2021 - 6:00-8:00pm
  5. WeTeach_CS Summit - June 30, 2021 - July 1, 2021 
  6. Foundations to CS for Teachers Course
    1. Self-Paced Course Starts on June 7, 2021
    2. WeTeach_CS Certification Test Prep Days
      1. July 31, 2021
      2. August 21, 2021
      3. September 11, 2021
  7. Strategies for Effective and Inclusive CS Teaching 
    1. Online Class Start - September 13, 2021
    2. Virtual Tuesday Night Meetings
      1. September 21, 2021 - 6:00-7:00pm
      2. September 28, 2021 - 6:00-7:00pm
      3. October 5, 2021 - 6:00-7:00pm
      4. October 12, 2021 - 6:00-7:00pm
      5. October 19, 2021 - 6:00-7:00pm
      6. October 26, 2021 - 6:00-7:00pm
All teachers in the CEDI project are expected to challenge the TExES 241 Computer Science Competency Exam by July 1, 2022.

Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will receive a stipend of $1,200.

Certification Incentive Program (CIP) - Additional $1,000 Stipend opportunity! As you prepare to take the test, apply for the CIP stipend at



Please find below the information that you will need to provide on and with the application.


Applicant Information

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Current School Information
    • School District
    • School Name
    • School Address
    • Principal Name & Email
    • School Phone & Email
    • School Demographics (Ethnicity Breakdown & FRL %)
  • Teaching Experience
    • Current Teaching Assignments
    • Previous Teaching Assignments (Last 3 years)
    • How Many Years Experience
  • Have you participated in a WeTeach_CS Collaborative before?
  • Have you previously taken any computer science courses? If so, please list. 
  • What is your level of programming experience?
    • Novice, Advanced Beginner, Competent, Proficient, Expert 
  • All teachers in the CEDI project are expected to challenge the TExES 241 Computer Science Competency Exam by July 1, 2022.
  • Personal Demographic Information (For reporting purposes only).

Essay Questions

  • How do you define equity within your practice of teaching?
  • What kind of students should take a computer science class?
  • What do you feel are the advantages of having diverse teachers in computer science classrooms?
  • How does preparing more students of color for computer science careers improve the quality of the field?
  • How would you like to learn or develop through this program?

Please email your Principal Letter of Support to Nathalie Beausoleil at by May 9, 2021.

Please contact the CEDI project coordinator Allen Antoine at


The 2021CEDI cohort is sponsored by Microsoft.