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RPPforCS Monthly Newsletter- February 2019


Welcome to the ninth edition of the RPPforCS newsletter! In this month's newsletter, we spotlight more details about RESPECT and SIGCSE, highlight CS education implementation with SCRIPT, announce upcoming events, and more. In our new monthly section we feature papers from the CSEdResearch Repository.

Did you miss the last webinar? We focused on student-based learning assessments in an RPP context with the speakers from SRI (Marie Bienkowski, Daisy Rutstein and Timothy Podkul) and csedresearch.org (Monica McGill and Adrienne Decker). Here are the link and the presentation slides. (You can find all previous webinars here.)

Do you have an announcement that you want featured in the next newsletter? Submit an announcement here!


 



March 27th, 2pm-3pm ET  

 
In this webinar, CSforALL will introduce the topic of coherency in education and share some resources for generating and assessing coherence in educational implementation.
 
Upcoming Webinar Dates: April 24th, May 29th, 2019 

RESPECT -- RPPforCS Community Meetup Preview


We are excited that so many of us will be meeting face-to-face next week in Minneapolis. Based on the registration, we have almost 130 participants representing 45 of our 52 teams.

Schedule

Time

Event

 

Please sit at assigned tables (if not assigned, stop by registration table in the back of the room)

2:00-2:20

Welcome

Introduction and a Project Update on RPPforCS

Lesson of Year 1

 

2:20-3:20

Activity 1: Getting at the nexus of research, RPP, and making a change in CS Ed

3:20-3:45

Break & Shift Location

3:45- 4:35

Activity 2a: Connecting through problems of practice - a time for cross-project talk about the work

 

Activity 2b: Challenges and success of RPP implementation - a time for cross-project advice and strategies

4:35-5:00

Orientation to SIGCSE, Website, Closing

5:00-6:30

Poster Session: RESPECT + RPP for CS Poster Session RESPECT: Intersections of research and equity

 

           RPPforCS Team Social Media Information

In order to best amplify your team's participation in SIGCSE, we would like to collect any social media handles we can follow. Additionally, we've found social media to be a good way for teachers to follow along if they're unable to attend. Please fill out the form

A Guide to SIGCSE

Follow this link for a guide to SIGCSE! In this handy guide we've offered the sessions that we think will be of interest to those addressing issues in K-12 and/or RPP partnerships! Click on the session title to learn more!

CS Education Implementation with SCRIPT

Similar to many other small RPPs, the CS-Visions project is entering the final 6 months of the project. The CS-Visions project is focused on systems change at the school district level, and for those of us at CSforALL, represents a longitudinal deep dive into the needs of districts as they go through a process focused on systems change. During this project, we have listened to district leaders, worked with regional education service cooperatives, and helped districts measure their current state of CS education implementation with SCRIPT. Our upcoming paper, Equity in the Who, How and What of CS Learning: K12 School District Conceptualizations of Equity in CSforAll Initiatives, will be presented at RESPECT and represents for us the type of learnings that happen when we listen to our practice partners for how they define equity.

We would love to start a discussion with you and your team members about what you have learned from your practice (or research) partners. What terms are you using or defining differently? How has the collaboration brought new ideas to life? Join us in Slack for this discussion in the RPPforCS channel.

CSEdResearch Paper Spotlight
Monica McGill and Adrienne Decker


This month we feature three articles and one evaluation instrument related to self-efficacy in computing education. You can find these all on at csedresearch.org
Starting From Scratch Developing a Pre-Service Teacher Training Program in Computational Thinking, by Nathan Bean, Joshua Weese, Russell Feldhausen, R. Scott Bell. (SIGCSE, 2014)
In addition to describing a pre-professional development workshop, the authors share the results of teacher's self-efficacy in utilizing programming and computational thinking within their future teaching endeavors. (Summary available at https://csedresearch.org/articles/article/?id=548, full paper available from https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/7344237

Digital Competence, Teacher Self-Efficacy and Training Needs by Linda Mannila, Lars-Åke Nordén, Arnold Pears. (ICER, 2018). 
In this paper, the authors extend previous work and analyze 530 teachers' responses collected during a series of workshops and other professional development events in order to define teachers' current self-efficacy levels. (Summary available at https://csedresearch.org/repository/article/?id=647, full paper available from https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3230993

Helping Underrepresented Students Succeed in AP CSA and Beyond by Barbara Ericson, Tom McKlin. (SIGCSE, 2018). 
This paper summarizes the results from four years of offering AP CSA in high school to underrepresented students and reports on the results of an alumni survey and five semi-structured interviews conducted. (Summary available at https://csedresearch.org/repository/article/?id=606, paper currently open access at https://doi.org/10.1145/3159450.3159517)

Are you planning on measuring self-efficacy in your RPPs? Need inspiration on evaluation instruments to use or types of items to include in your survey? You may be interested in looking for instruments on https://csedresearch.org/evaluation-instruments/. Here we highlight the Computer Programming Self-Efficacy Scale (1998) is an instrument to measure self-efficacy in computer programming geared toward the C++ language. The instrument was deemed reliable and valid in the context of undergraduate students, but could be adapted for high school students learning C++. To learn more about this instrument, visit https://csedresearch.org/tool/?id=31.

ECEP and NCWIT: State Summit Toolkit

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) project and NCWIT have just released their State Summit Toolkit!

Advancing K-16 computing education in a state is a complex and collaborative endeavor. Computing education state summits are an important part of this process and can help to develop and advance a state’s strategy both for expanding computing education access and for broadening participation in computing (BPC). In particular, summits can promote equity and democratize change efforts by giving voice to all stakeholders in a collaborative and action-oriented environment.
 
This toolkit will help you define the purpose, create structure, and plan the logistics for your own summit, and help engage in follow-up efforts post-summit. It also provides practical resources that communicate the importance of BPC efforts and strategies that change leaders can apply to their efforts.


What We're Reading

SageFox is Reading: The Water of Systems Change by John Kania, Mark Kramer, Peter Senge. June 2018. FSG-Reimagining Social Change.

The New York Times Magazine Article: The Secret History of Women in Coding by Clive Thompson.


February Slack Discussion Corner


We would love to start a discussion with you and your team members about what you have learned from your practice (or research) partners. What terms are you using or defining differently? How has the collaboration brought new ideas to life? Join us in Slack for this discussion in the RPPforCS channel.

Interest in being on an NSF review panel for CSforALL: RPP?


With the government shut down, we recognize that NSF will need to quickly turn around review panels for the CSforALL Research Practice Partnerships in order to process them in a timely manner. It is a great professional development opportunity for newer researchers! Please contact 
Janice Cuny: Program Officer, CISE/CNS, telephone: (703) 292-8489, email: jcuny@nsf.gov or
Karen King: Program Director, EHR/DRL, telephone: (703) 292-5124, email: kking@nsf.gov.

Survey Participation in Improving Evidence Use in RPPs 


Dana Wanzer, a doctoral student at CGU is conducting a study about improving evidence use in RPPs.  Do you want to help contribute to the growing field of research on evidence use in RPPs? Do you want to help RPPforCS examine evidence use in CS for ALL RPPs? Consider having your RPP participate in the Improving Evidence Use study to identify strategies and factors to best promote use in partnerships between researchers/evaluators and youth programs! This study involves one survey each for the lead researcher and lead staff from the youth program (5-15 minutes), as well as a survey for all members of the partnership (15-30 minutes). Furthermore, if at least five members of your partnership participate, you will get a tailored report of the findings for your partnership!

You can take the survey at this link. Alternatively, you should have received a reminder to participate in the study by Dana Wanzer,
doctoral student at CGU, and can use the link in that email to participate in the study. 

Membership
Become a member today!
member.csforall.org


Reach out to membership@csforall.org if you did not receive an invitation to create a profile or if you want to sign up to be a member!

       

Who are our members?

•    Researchers                                     

435 Total Members

•    Out of School Providers

80  Researchers

•    School Districts/Universities

234 Content Providers

•    Funders  

88   Large Districts/LEAs

•    Content Providers

44   Funder/Supporter


      Announcements

             
                                           RESPECT: February 27

     Looking forward to meeting our                           community at RESPECT and                               SIGCSE! View the full program here!


                                  SIGCSE: February28-March 2
                                      View the full program here!



                                       

     STEM + Computing K-12 Education
     Full Proposal Deadline is May 1, 2019.




Registration for the 2019 Annual Meeting is now open!  
April 5-9, 2019, Toronto, Canada



 
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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.
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