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RPPforCS Monthly Newsletter- December 2018

Welcome to the seventh edition of the RPPforCS newsletter! In this month's newsletter, we are highlighting the health assessment tool, understanding ECEP as a link for RPP teams, announcing funding opportunities, and more.

Updated links for the previous newsletter and webinar will be forthcoming when the CSforALL website goes live.

Upcoming December and January Webinars 
On Wednesday, December 19th and January 30th from 2:00-3:00 PM EST

December 19th Webinar: The Dimensions of RPP Effectiveness and Health Assessments 
Erin Henrick will host a conversation about the development of dimensions of RPP effectiveness, how the health assessment tool can be used to facilitate conversation within your practice and the value to research and practice more broadly. Here are Erin Henrick et al., paper about RPP effectiveness and the final study report of the IES RPP program.

January 30th Webinar: Utilizing the Assessment in RPP Research
We've heard from many projects that they are looking for guidance on assessments, so we invited Daisy Wise Rustein, Marie Bienkowski at SRI w/ Monica McGill and Adrianne Decker with CSEdResearch repository to facilitate a discussion. You can read more about their work related website. Discussion topics also include sharing instruments, ideas, and data around assessment in an RPP context.

The Health Assessment 

The health assessment tool is designed to facilitate conversations within your own RPP team; provide a framework for documenting your project’s story, and to collect data to contribute to the research and practice of RPP work in CS. Each team has a unique link to the health assessment (reach out to Rebecca Zarch at if you can’t find your link!). Cohort 1 completed an initial round of data last winter and is asked to provide updated data by December 31.  Cohort 1 will note some changes to the form. These were made based on feedback from the teams, members of our R-EWG and a consultation with Bronwyn Bevan. The changes include:

  • Focusing the purpose on design, documentation, and reflection
  • Changing the order of the dimensions to reflect the design, implementation, and outcomes cycle
  • Removing the scale
  • Asking for concrete examples of how you design and document the dimensions to help inform the ongoing theme studies (view the theme study on trust here)

Cohort 2 is welcome to begin to use the form. Feedback from Cohort 1 was a great conversation starter. The RPPforCS team is happy to help get you started, however, we will not be formally requesting information until Spring 2019 from Cohort 2.

Reminder: Please complete the health assessment by December 31, 2018. You will note that we have added a new tab for “Fall 2018” and another “instruction” tab. Feel free to reach out Rebecca If you need the link to your health assessment or if you have any questions/feedback.

Cohort 1 Project Profile Updates

An important aspect of telling the story of your RPP is being able to describe the changes to your project over time. Last fall we worked with your teams to develop an initial project profile. We’ve had some great conversations with projects so far and have learned a lot about how you all have shifted and grown over the past year. We hope that more of you will talk with us about the changing nature of your projects and partnerships one year into your grants. To sign up for a time to talk with one of us from the RPPforCS project, please click here.

Cohort 2 Introductory Phone Calls

We welcomed our second cohort of projects on a special webinar hosted on 11/13/18. While we hope this allowed you all to understand a bit about RPPforCS--who we are and what our project goals are, we want to take the time to get to know each of your projects a bit better. To that end we set up a one-on-one introductory call with members of the new RPPforCS team. We’ve had some great conversations with projects so far. If your project is interested in scheduling a call with us, please use this form to tell us the three best times between now and mid-January to have these conversations.

The Road to Minneapolis
RPPforCS/RESPECT/SIGCSE  February 27th- March 2nd

As we get closer to our annual gathering, it is exciting to see the emergent program.

When we put together our original project proposal, we envisioned gathering in conjunction with SIGCSE with the idea that projects would use SIGCSE as a forum for presenting their research and we would use our time as the RPPforCS community to promote discussions among the project teams.  Last year, we saw the opportunity to partner with RESPECT, a research conference first started by STARS, as a further means of building more opportunities for the RPPforCS projects to present research specifically focused on equity. Last year and again this year we are providing a panel of our project teams for the plenary session at 1 PM.  It is really exciting to see this original idea come to fruition as the programs for RESPECT, SIGCSE and our Wednesday afternoon are emerging.

The program for RESPECT will be finalized over the next couple of weeks but we see that the RPPforCS community submitted 10 posters, 2 lightning talks, 2 panels, and 15 research and/or experience papers.  A quick review of the SIGCSE program (Thursday- Saturday) suggests about twenty of our project teams presenting. (We are working to compile a list).

Our gathering in the afternoon will allow those that are a year into their work to meet those that are just starting this year.  Our discussions are going to focus on two topics; the role research plays as an integral part of being an RPP, and more focused dialogues around specific problems of practice (we will be pre-soliciting those topics from you ahead of time).  Our focus is on sharing among the community and not doing team-based work per se as we know teams will have a variable number of participants.


  • First order of business: Let us know if you and members of your team will be joining us on February 27th for our annual community meetup!
  • As was the case last year we have funds to help support your team members to attend our community meetup, offering a reimbursement of up to $400 per person for two people from your team.
  • Registration for RESPECT is now open! The early bird registration deadline is February 1. If you also intend to come to the RPPforCS Community Meetup please use the registration option “RESPECT + RPP for CS”.
    • Registration cost: $150 per person 
    • The RESPECT meeting will be held in the Millennium Hotel. Don't forget to make your reservations!
  • SIGCSE needs a separate registration

The SIGCSE Structured Poster Session
We are so pleased that some of you have already submitted your Poster Proposal for our RPPforCS SIGCSE Structured Poster Session! The session is currently scheduled for Saturday morning, but we put a request to move the session so it won’t overlap with so many presentations from RPPforCS teams.
For those who haven’t submitted yet, and for those who would like more information before submitting, here are some additional details:
  • A description of the structured poster session
  • The link for signing up to submit a poster  
  • General guidelines for putting a poster together from SIGCSE

Using the ECEP Alliance to Advance Your State Change Goals


ECEP has a strong focus on state-level change that could provide a useful link for RPP teams (particularly those that have a state change focus) and RPPforCS is interested in facilitating this connection. If state change is part of your focus, visit the ECEP alliance website or contact Carol Fletcher, the PI for  Accelerating Women's Success and Mastery in CS (AWSM in CS) is also the PI for the new iteration of the ECEP Alliance (2.0). We are fortunate to have this connection between communities to leverage.

This fall the ECEP Alliance welcomed 6 new state teams into their community. At the ECEP Alliance meeting Oct 10-11 of this year, they introduced three NICs that the community will be establishing: 1) BPC professional development strategies, 2) Pre-service teacher preparation, 3) 2-4 year college pathways. A resource that was highlighted was a set of state data resources that are available to project teams to better understand the status of CS education around the country.

We know that some of your projects in whole or in part deal with state change, and that some members of your RPP teams may also be working to advance the state change agenda in your area (the ones we know are listed below; if you think your project should be here email  We hope that these communities can act as resources for one another to accomplish change.

  • Integrating computing in STEM: Designing, developing, and investigating a team-based professional development model for middle- and high-school teachers (North and South Carolina)

  • CSP4Hawaii: Deployment of Computer Science Principles Courses within Secondary Schools in Hawaii (Hawaii)

  • CRoCS: A Scalable RPP for Preparing and Supporting Teachers to Teach Culturally Responsive and Rigorous CS Courses in SC High Schools (South Carolina)

  • Researching Equity, Access, & Learning in CS Education (REAL-CS): Scaling and Sustainability in High School Computer Science (California)

  • Building a Pathway for CS Principles Teachers: A Two-course Sequence for Secondary Education Mathematics Pre-service Teachers (Alabama)

  • Computer Science for Oregon (Oregon)

  • CS4MS NIC: Growing Teacher Competency and Capacity (Mississippi)

  • CT4EDU: Broadening Pathways into Computing by Developing Computational Thinking Competencies in Elementary Classrooms (Michigan)

  • The Development of a Statewide Network for Teacher Preparation in Computer Science The University of Northern Iowa Partnership for CS Teacher Preparation (Iowa)

  • Integrate to Innovate: A Research-Practice Partnership to Integrate Computer Science into Maine Schools (Maine)

  • Adapt, Implement and Research at Nebraska: A Statewide Implementation Study of a Researcher-Practitioner Partnership for K-8 Computer Science Education (Nebraska)

  • Accelerating Women's Success and Mastery in CS (AWSM in CS) (Texas)

  • SCALE-CA Supporting Computing Access, Leadership, and Equity in California (California)

December Discussion Corner

Since Erin Henrick will be joining us at our upcoming webinar, it was interesting how Jill Denner brought up the use of the Health Assessment in our RPPforCS projects. It's a good time to resurface the question of how our constituent projects make use of this instrument and boundary conditions for its usefulness. Join us on Slack and discuss! Also, shout out to Emily Green for starting a sub-thread on the role of project coordinators and project managers in RPPforCS projects. If you are a PC or PM and aren't on Slack yet, please send a message to

What We're Reading

SageFox Consulting Group is reading: Chapter 3: See the System That Produces the Current Outcomes. Learning to Improve: How America’ Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better. Anthony S. Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow, Paul G. LeMahieu. Harvard Education Press.

Stephanie just re-read "The pedagogy of poverty versus good teaching" by Martin Haberman in Phi Delta Kappan. Even in the original version in 1991, he was thinking about computer literacy's place in progressive education."

What Other People are Saying about RPP Projects

Computer Science for ALL Students CSforALL's mission to make computer science a part of the educational experience of all K-12 students and teachers and to support student pathways to college and career success. Please click here to learn more about becoming a member of the CSforALL community.


Want to discuss the articles we mentioned in this newsletter? Did the discussion corner questions spark a thought for the community? Join us on Slack to talk with your peers! Click here to join our slack channel today!

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Funding Opportunities from NSF!

                             Deadline for proposals: 
                             EHR Core: January 24, 2019
CSforALL: RPP: February 12, 2019

You can follow CSEdReserach on Twitter! The articles are added to the repository.

 ITICSE 2019: The call is open to host the summit!   (see our medium)
 Submission deadline for Abstracts for Papers       and Working Groups: January 20, 2019.


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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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