Do get in touch with us if you have any questions about running a CAS Local Community (email firstname.lastname@example.org is usually the quickest) but the following might answer some of your questions
What is a CAS Local Community?
A CAS Local Community is a meeting of teachers and lecturers who wish to share their ideas for developing the teaching of computing in their schools, their classrooms and their community. It is a meeting of like-minded professionals with the general objective of supporting each other and the specific aim of providing (at least) one idea that can be taken and tried in the classroom.
The success of the CAS Local Community relies on local teachers committing to the group, each other and the vision and direction provided by the local CAS Community leader(s). One meeting per term is as much as most teachers can manage. This is supported by online discussions and follow-up via the CAS website where each local community group has their own dedicated space. Most CAS meetings are a face-to-face event, but each local community is different. The style and format of the meeting is up to the discretion of those organising and hosting the meeting. Online meetings do take place especially for our international members (contact us if you want to know more about running online meetings). However, the face-to-face meeting remains one of the most effective forms of communication; they can create a great deal of energy and motivation amongst those who attend.
How do I find my nearest Local CAS Community
Use this link to find your nearest CAS Local community or visit the CAS home page and enter your postcode. You will then be able to see which groups are closest to you geographically. Clicking on the name of the group will then take you to their web page where you will find contact details and information about upcoming events and meetings taking place.
How do I apply to be a local CAS Community leader?
The CAS Local groups are run by teachers for teachers so if you think that you would like to run a CAS Local community, why not get in touch? You don't have to be an expert in computing as the person leading is the meeting facilitator not the fount of all knowledge! Quite a lot of teachers have become CAS Local community leaders so that they can work with a community and learn from them.
What are the criteria for being a CAS local community leader?
Anyone can apply to be a CAS Local Community leader. Typically, they are teachers in either primary or secondary but some come from our university or industry network. CAS Community leaders are CAS members, of course, and we ask for some minimum criteria to ensure all teachers know what they're getting when they attend a CAS Meeting. These are not onerous and should make the meeting more effective and ensure the support of the CAS Central team. Further details on these can be found here
What resources are available for the meetings?
CAS Central provide a community leader guidance pack, resources and ideas for running meetings added every term. All those who run CAS meetings are also encouraged to share their ideas and resources here, so please do not keep any of your good ideas to yourself! Share them with others via CAS Online.