RPPforCS Newsletter: September 2019                           View this email in your browser
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We are CSforAll and SageFox Consulting Group - using a Research-Practitioner Partnership approach to developing a shared evaluation and research agenda. We love to share what we are learning - and, more importantly, what YOU are learning! 

Are you thinking about applying for the next round of CSforALL:RPP grants? Consider attending one of the upcoming proposal preparation workshops:

In this newsletter, we want to transition the community into our next theme: RPP Fundamentals. In this theme we will be focusing on the “Supporting Practice Partner Organizations in Achieving Their Goals” dimension as put forth by Henrick et al. in their RPP Assessment Framework.

We asked Dan Gallagher, member of our advisory board and co-editor of “Creating Research Practice Partnerships in Education” if he had any resources that he would recommend or advice for this dimension. He responded with:
“In addition to any resources you find from MIST at the link I sent, a general piece of advice is to also address this dimension through the partnership leadership structures. Specifically, make sure that the actual agreed upon roles and processes to make significant decisions in the partnership give at least equal authority if not more authority to the practice partner. Consider the authorities in both the overall partnership governance and within the key design team activities. For example, if the overall governance is balanced but the researchers are the predominant ones designing, implementing, and making decisions about the main intervention (e.g., professional development program or curriculum), there's still risk that the activities could skew towards researcher interests and not fully support the practice partner's goals. This advice is part of the first dimension in the framework you're using (build trust and cultivate partnership relationships), but they're all related, and failing to pay attention to the first dimension as you tend to the other dimensions will cause trouble soon enough.”

What this dimension looks like in practice will vary by project. We hope that many of you will join our webinar on October 15th to share with your community colleagues what this looks like for your partnerships.

Here are some other great places to go if you want to read more:

What does a theme team do? The theme team will be responsible for organizing the thematic offerings. 
  • A set of curated resources that will live on the website. 
  • A webinar that brings in experts on the topic and provides a chance for the community to share 
  • A product (or products) that promotes shared research across a set of projects that will be of value to the RPPforCS community and to the CS education community more broadly

Who is on a Team? Theme teams are comprised of the following:

  • An RPPforCS lead (CSForALL or SageFox)
  • A Theme Lead from the community 
  • Theme Team Members
  • Community

When & where do they meet? The theme teams will primarily gather virtually. There are opportunities for a theme team to gather in person, though the meet up may not align with the RPPforCS calendar.

Interested in becoming the next member of a theme team? LET US KNOW: email

September 24 - RPPforCS Teacher Leadership Webinar 2:00 PM

September 25 - 27CSforAll: RPP PI meeting -We hope to see many of you later this month at the CSforAll: RPP PI meeting being organized by Melissa Rasberry and Joey Wilson

September 29 - Call to present at CSTA Session ideas are due!
October 15 - deadline to apply for SIGCSE Travel Grant
October 21 - 23 - CSforALL Summit - This year the theme of the CSforALL Summit is Systems Change. As the movement matures, we are challenging the community to dig deep and think long term, moving beyond individual efforts to inspire students and prepare educators, to transforming the systems that will ensure that computer science becomes an integral and sustained part of the K-12 experience, both in and out of schools.

JOB OPPORTUNITY! The Learning Partnership is looking for two postdoctoral researchers - one for CAFÉCS and one for a new CS4All RPP with the PUMP team in Milwaukee. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

Culturally Responsive Education is a blooming field with an increasing amount of scholarly attention being paid to it. The term remains somewhat loose, particularly in our context of computing education. We asked three projects how they were defining, understanding, and operationalizing the concept within their projects. Read what they have to say in this Research Practice Brief.

Check out the 2019 State of Computer Science Education: Equity and Diversity Report jointly produced by, CSTA, and ECEP!

With just a quick visit to, we found three published articles on community engagement in computing education that might be of interest to your RPP team: 

  • A Community Model of CSforALL: Analysis of Community Commitments for CS Education by Leigh Ann DeLyser ( discusses efforts to build community awareness and engagement in computer science education efforts through the use of a commitment making model. 
  • Defining a Discipline or Shaping a Community: Constraints on Broadening Participation in Computing by Joanna Weidler-Lewis, Wendy DuBow, and Alexis Kaminsky, explores “...ways in which participation in computing can be defined either by a narrow disciplinary practice framework or a more expansive social practice framework.” Learn more at
  • Reflecting on Three Offerings of a Community-Centric MOOC for K-6 Computer Science Teachers by Katrina Falkner, Rebecca Vivian, Nickolas Falkner, and Sally-Ann Williams This paper 1) explores the theoretical underpinnings of a community-based professional learning MOOC for Australian teachers for K-6 CS, 2) reflects on data collected from three offerings of the MOOC, and 3) provides valuable insights of the design of community-centric MOOCs, and acts as a guide for the construction of online PD opportunities for CS educators. Learn more at

RPPforCS asked Katy Knight, Executive Director of the Siegel Family Endowment 

“Researchers and practitioners are a particular kind of team diversity. How do you empower team members with different expertise to participate equitably on a team?”

Katy’s Response: I think it's important as a team leader to make a clear statement: We all bring immense value to the work, and we engage in a dialogue out of respect because hearing different view points matters. I encourage team members to pair up with someone when working on a project or grant, and we try to mix it up regularly to encourage fresh thinking. We create space for discussion and debate. One example is in our weekly team meetings: We have an open forum for people to bring grant ideas they are working on for critical feedback and questions from anyone; your grant can't go up for the next stage of approvals if you haven't brought it to a group conversation.  We're not always aiming to come to consensus, and not everyone is a final decision-maker on every issue, but we will always hear each other out.

Katy Knight is Executive Director at Siegel Family Endowment, a foundation focused on understanding and shaping the impact of technology on society. Immediately prior to joining SFE, Katy worked on community engagement at Two Sigma, and before that at Google in public affairs. Prior to Google, she worked in non-profit, and in real estate marketing. Katy is a member of the advisory council of READ Alliance, and a board member of CSforALL.

As much as we like alliteration, we have decided to switch around some of our webinar days!  We still have some Wednesday's, but have thrown in a few other days ending in "Y" as well. They will still coincide with our themes and, Unless otherwise noted, webinars will be at 2:00 PM EST. 

  • September 24- Teacher Leadership
  • October 15 - RPP Fundamentals: Supporting Your Practice Partner Orgs in Achieving Their Goals
  • November 20th- Richard Ladner, Small Changes to Attend to Accessibility
  • December 17 - PCK learning
  • January 21 - PCK learning
  • February- 25th Balancing research/implementation
  • March- N/A (See you in Portland!)
  • April- 21 Community share out
  • May- 26 Outcome data / Dissemination


Smart but evil? This article makes education researchers sound like Bond villains. Check it out here

Did you know that in 2017 the American Library Association published “Ready to Code: Connecting Youth to CS Opportunities through Libraries”? Take a look here.

Andy Ko published a Medium article  trying to come up with a definition of computer science for non computer scientists. Let him know what you think of his definitions!

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1745199. Any opinions, findings, or conclusion or recommendations expressed in this material are those of CSforALL and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.  Copyright @ 2019 CSforALL, All rights reserved.

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