A TALK Briefing | Nov. 24, 2020
Your TALK COVID-19 Update
A Free TALK Virtual Presentation on Dec. 10: Kentucky’s Computer Science Steps: What Can We Do & Where Are We At?

Date: Dec. 10, 2020
Time: 4 PM ET, Virtual
Cost: FREE
Registration: On Eventbrite (Virtual in Zoom)
Attendees: Tech and Business Professionals + Educators
Speaker: Dr. Sean Jackson, CS & IT Academy Program Manager, K-12 Computer Science Lead, Office of Education Technology, Kentucky Department of Education

This exploration will take a look at where Kentucky has been, where we are, and the future for K-12 Computer Science Education.

Since 2016, Kentucky has experienced year-over-year grassroots-level growth in K-12 Computer Science Education. TALK and the state work with Code.org for state computer science policy and steps forward. Louisville’s district enthusiasm in the discipline resulted in the crafting of K-12 CS Standards for Kentucky in 2018, in addition to TALK’s advocacy for Cyber.org (aka NICERC) cyber education curricula statewide availability for high schoolers.

Much has already been done to secure a foothold in this discipline for our public schools, but there is still work to do. This session will hit the highlights of a new KY statewide report out soon, as well as the Code-org national look at computers science.

This exploration will take a look at where we have been, where we are, and what the future could hold for Computer Science education in the Commonwealth, and present an opportunity for TALK attendees from KY and registrants from other states to discuss their perspectives. This is a no fee event open to all working tech and business professionals as well as educators.
TALK & TechGirlz This Fall/Winter for Middle School Girls! Free & Virtual!

Your daughter can invite a friend anywhere in the United States to join her! Click on the event to register (below!)

Dec. 17, 4 PM ET

Jan. 7-8, 4 PM ET

Feb. 25-26, 4 PM ET
Dr. Sean Jackson, CS & IT Academy Program Manager, K-12 Computer Science Lead, Office of Educational Technology, KY Department of Education
Watch It Again: Sustainable Solutions for Courts, Jails, and Social Services in Kentucky: Cisco Connected Justice
Get In On the Competition
TALK begins its partnership with Battlesnake this month. All tech professionals, college age students and high schoolers can investigate these programming competitions and hone their skills. New events each month. Virtual!

Battlesnake is a multi-player programming game played by developers all over the world. All you need to play is a live web server that implements the Battlesnake API.

The Battlesnake Winter Classic is underway! Qualifying developers will compete across three Divisions to earn a coveted Champion Prize Pack. The tournament will be broadcast live on Twitch on December 19th with the Battlesnake Casting Crew. Join the Qualifier Arena for the Division you'd like to participate in and play ranked games to climb the leaderboard. Every two weeks the top Battlesnakes from each Qualifying Arena will qualify for the Winter Classic Tournament. Rookie through Elite levels.
Health & Tech News
Executive Order in KY effective Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 13. See slides here.

  • Restaurants, Bars – No indoor food or beverage consumption; carryout and delivery encouraged; socially distance outdoor seating
  • Private social gatherings – Up to eight people from a maximum of two households
  • Gyms, fitness centers, pools, other indoor recreation facilities – 33% capacity limit; group classes, team practices and competitions prohibited; masks must be worn while exercising
  • Venues, event spaces and theaters – Each room will be limited to 25 people. This does apply to indoor weddings and funerals. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has asked religious leaders to suspend all in-person gatherings at their houses of worship during this period.
  • Professional services – Office-based businesses limited to 33% of employees; all employees who are able to work from home must do so; all businesses that can close to the public must do so
Louisville Volunteer of the Year Award
Leadership Panel Discussion
December 8, 2020
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Free & Virtual