Achieving CSforAll: Starting early by developing elementary teacher competencies in computing education
The expanding push to achieve CSforAll starts at the elementary level to introduce computer science tools and ideas to younger learners. The approaches to integrating computing at the elementary level are varied randing from unplugged computational thinking as an on-ramp to computationally rich activities (such as, CT4EDU) to starting with Scratch (such as, Scratch Encore). A significant aspect across these projects involves developing elementary teachers’ knowledge through professional development. What are effective models of professional development that develop teacher competencies to bring unplugged and plugged CT at the elementary
level? What kinds of scaffolds do elementary teachers need to integrate computationally rich activities in their classrooms? This workshop will bring together RPPforCS projects focused on CT integration at the elementary level to discuss and share lessons on how to support teacher knowledge and develop their confidence to integrate computing to teach disciplinary ideas.
Problems of Practice: Keeping the Focus on Equity in your RPP
Florence Sullivan, Jill Denner, Jean Ryoo, Sneha Veeragoudar
The goal for this working group is to learn from one another through identifying and discussing multi-level problems of practice concerning equity across RPPs. Over the course of the first hour, the assembled group will work to converge on a deeper understanding of the equity challenges faced by RPPs in order to shape a broader discussion that encompasses the complexity of equity work from a number of perspectives. In the second hour, the discussion will move towards the articulation of strategies to continually center equity in our projects. The research-practitioner brief produced will assist both ongoing and new RPPs in reflecting on and committing themselves to the long-term nature of working towards equity in CS education. This brief will offer key recommendations for ways to center equity in both partnership relationships and partnership efforts, rooted in real examples and lessons learned from across this working group.