RPPforCS Newsletter: January 2020                           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! 
We are asking you to fill out a number of very short - yet important - forms throughout this newsletter. Please be on the lookout! 

Registration for RESPECT is now open!

Reflecting the higher costs of the conference this year, RPPforCS is boosting the reimbursement amount for the Community Meetup to $450 per person (up to 2 people per project.) 

Note: This does not change the available $150 for attending a pre-RESPECT workshop on March 10. 

Pre-RESPECT Workshop Update:
For those of you who signed-up to attend one of the four workshops taking place on March 10, please plan to attend your first choice offering. Stacey recently sent out an email to all who pre-registered. Questions? Email

For everyone else, it’s not too late! You can still register for a workshop by filling out this form.

Here’s an INFO SHEET containing the workshop descriptions as well as their expected start and end times.

RPPforCS Community Meetup:
For those of you not planning to attend a workshop but are planning to attend the community meetup on March 11, 2020, please complete this form. This meetup is co-located with the RESPECT conference, which requires a separate registration.

Registration for SIGCSE is now open!


We've heard that you are looking to connect with one another to swap experiences and instruments, and to develop our collective capacity to evaluate computer science projects using an RPP modality. Here's a forum to do just that.

RPPforCS is looking to bring together project evaluators for a virtual meetup on February 4 from 12:00 - 1:30 PM

We have been involved in evaluator communities prior to this, including with many of you and we look forward to the chance to (re)connect. We see the potential for rich shared learning from a group like this and we want to get a sense of who would be interested in doing that work. 

To get a better sense of your motivations for attending this virtual meetup as well as future work that you may be interested in being part of, we are asking you to fill out this short form by January 31st.  During the meetup. each person will have an opportunity introduce themselves and the work of their projects.

A dear mentor, colleague, and advocate in our community passed away just before Christmas. Karen King, the program officer at NSF for this community, and an advocate for rigor and equity in all kinds of education, including CS education, has tragically passed. I remember after the 2018 summit in Detroit sitting with Karen for hours talking about opportunities and challenges in the landscape of CS education. She was thoughtful and I wish that I had more time with her.

NSF has mentioned that there will be many opportunities in academic conferences this spring to celebrate her life. Please remember our community members who knew Karen and have lost a dear friend and colleague, especially those still at the NSF who are not only dealing with the emotional loss, but also the necessity to operationalize her loss from their teams. We will miss you Karen.

-Leigh Ann DeLyser on behalf the RPPforCS Team

RPPforCS Community Survey- Data Collection Opportunity!

Would your project(s) benefit from data from the RPPforCS community?  As in past years, we're including community questions in the survey. The questions from members should be directly relevant to your project(s) problem of practice and/or research. Anonymous data will be provided to you during the summer. The RPPforCS Community Survey will run from April 14th to June 15th. Email Rebecca:

Members of the RPPforCS Community (David Weintrop, Marie Bienkowski, Daisy Rutstein, and Steven McGee) are guest editing the special issue of Computer Science Education on Assessing Computational Thinking. The deadlines for the special issue are:

  • March 30, 2020 - Submission Deadline for Special Issue Articles
  • June 1, 2020 - First round reviews returned
  • October 5, 2020 - Final accepted manuscript deadline for publication

ITiCSE 2020 is actively seeking reviewers and APCs (Associate Program Chairs) for full papers, and reviewers for posters and for tips, techniques, and courseware.

For full details, please read the conference Reviewers pages.

If you are willing and able to commit to either of these review periods, AND if you haven’t already received an invitation through EasyChair, please complete the form HERE

Lauren Margulieux is looking for graduate students to work on her project!
The project will explore how to integrate computer science into teacher preparation programs towards the goal of integrating computing activities across multiple disciplines to broaden participation in computing. The grant includes 5 years of funding for a full-time graduate student ($25k/year). Please refer any undergrad or Masters students who are interested in computer science education, particularly if they are interested in equity, to Lauren! The deadline to apply for our PhD program was January 15th, but she can provide some flexibility on that date.

Special note regarding NSF CSforALL: Research and RPP Solicitation:
NSF will has released a new updated solicitation!  This replaces the current one and IMPORTANT TO THOSE APPLYING has changed the due date to April 13, 2020.

Call for Presenters!
If you are engaged in a federally-funded project to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and computer science education, they invite you to submit a video to the showcase and discuss it with researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the general public during an interactive week long event. Register by February 10 if submitting a video.

On December 17, we were joined by Colleen Lewis from Harvey Mudd College, who shared big categories within Computer Science PCK including Introducing programming, Teaching debugging, Promoting learning in GPS programming, Managing learning progressions, Selecting hardware or robots, Structuring collaboration, Inclusivity practices, and Misconceptions. We then crowd-sourced questions related to projects’ central problems of practice as they related to these eight categories, and had a robust conversation around how culturally-relevant and culturally-responsive instruction develops new kinds of PCK. You can find the recording, slides, and shared notes HERE.

Coming on January 21... Our theme from November through January has all to do with different kinds of Pedagogical Content Knowledge useful to the teaching and learning of computer science. Members of our own RPPforCS community have been incorporating approaches to Pedagogical Content Knowledge as a part of their professional development research within their RPPs. Tune in to hear from colleagues, and for an open floor to speak about your own project's recent experiences with PCK. We can't wait to reconnect!

Mark your calendars for the upcoming webinars:

  • January 21 - PCK learning - 2:00 PM EST
  • February- 25th Balancing research/implementation
  • March- N/A (See you in Portland!)
  • April- 21 Outcome data / Dissemination
  • May- 26 Community share out


Decompress Saturday afternoon at our SIGCSE Technical Symposium 2020 workshop (#409): Modifying Existing Evaluation Instruments to Fit Your CS Research Needs! Presented by Ryan Torbey, Carol Fletcher, and Joshua Childs (all from UT-Austin) and Monica McGill (, this session will be perfect for RPPforCS teams interested in saving time and resources forming evaluation processes and instruments for your projects. Read more here!

The STEM for All Multiplex

Check out this new forum for viewing and sharing  the archive of videos and being part of monthly thematic discussions!

There are over 850 short videos showcasing innovations in Science, Technology, Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science Teacher and Learning.

K–12 Pair Programming Toolkit

This is a free guide for educators created in part by RPPforCS community members Jill Denner and Emily Green. It includes the what, why, and how of collaborative computing strategies that can be used to engage and address a greater range of students and their varied styles of interacting.

Check it out!
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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 @ 2020 CSforALL, All rights reserved.

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