Join Us September 27-28, 2018

The annual State Policy Forum brings together legislators, education officials, state advocates, industry, national organizations, and representatives from state executive offices committed to K-12 computer science education. This year's forum is co-hosted by and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).

The forum is composed of two experiences, a pre-forum for members of the Advocacy Coalition immediately followed by a main forum for all participants. Join us for lively discussions on policy and implementation, hands-on workshops, flash talks, and unique networking opportunities. The forum takes place at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek.

The pre-forum begins at 8:30 am on Thursday, September 27 as a prelude to the opening session of the main forum later that afternoon.

The main forum begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 27 and concludes at 2:30 pm on Friday, September 28.

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Pictures From Previous Forums

Networking activity
Networking by learning about networking!
2016 State Policy Forum
2016 State Policy Forum attendees
CS Leaders
State CS leaders meeting each other for the first time.


What is the schedule for the pre-forum?

Pre-Forum Workshop ( Advocacy Coalition members)

The pre-forum begins at 8:30 am on Thursday, September 27 as a prelude to the opening session of the main forum that begins that afternoon. Sessions include:

  • The Advocacy Year in Review and Year Ahead
  • State of Your State
  • Workshops: Funding Advocacy, Grassroots, Communications, Legislation 101
  • Networking
  • Team Planning Time

Download the agenda.

What is the schedule for the main forum?

Main Forum (All Participants)

The main forum begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 27 following the pre-forum for Advocacy Coalition members and concludes at 2:30 pm on Friday, September 28. Sessions include:

  • The State of K-12 CS
  • Flash Talks: Data and Accountability, Reaching Rural Areas, Certification, Managing Grant Programs, State and Local Boards, Legislative Successes/Failures
  • Workshops: Standards, State Plan, Legislation, Microcredentials, Advocacy
  • Birds of a Feather Discussions
  • Team Planning Time

Download the agenda.

Travel and Hotel Information

Where is the forum located?

JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek
150 Clayton Lane
Denver, Colorado 80206

Should I reserve my own flights?

Yes. All approved participants, unless receiving a scholarship, are responsible for booking their own flights and covering their own airfare. The Denver International Airport (airport code: DEN) is a large international airport that services non-stop flights from many cities around the nation. Forum sessions will begin on Thursday September 27 at 9:00 am for pre-forum attendees, while the main forum begins later at 3:00 pm.

Should I reserve my own hotel?

There are two options for reserving accommodations.

  • and the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek are pleased to offer a discounted rate of $199 per night (not including taxes and fees). If you would like to take advantage of the discounted rate, will make the reservation on your behalf, and you can pay the hotel by credit card at the end of your stay.
  • If you prefer to find accommodations at a different hotel, you will be responsible for making your own arrangements.

You can indicate your accommodation preferences on the application form.

How do I get to the hotel?

The hotel is located 26 miles or about 35 min from the Denver International Airport (DEN). Uber and Lyft both provide service in the Denver area including to/from the Denver International Airport via their mobile apps. Please call the hotel at (303) 316-2700 to inquire about town car or shuttle transportation services and fees.

For more information on hotel directions or transportation, please visit the hotel's website.

What expenses are covered during the forum? is happy to cover the costs of the following:

  • Registration fee for all participants accepted to the forum
  • Meals during the forum

Travel, lodging, and expenses will be the responsibility of the attendee. A limited number of scholarships are available based on need and can be requested in the application form.

What to Pack

What kind of clothing should I pack?

We encourage business casual attire during the forum. All our conference sessions are indoors, and air conditioning is usually cool in hotels. We recommend that you bring layers if you get cold easily in air conditioned rooms. You can expect outside temperatures to be warm during the day. If you plan to venture outdoors during your free time, be sure to check the local forecast and plan accordingly!

What devices will I need to bring?

Please bring your own laptop/tablet, as we will be accessing online resources. We will not have extra devices on hand for participants to borrow.

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