RPPforCS Newsletter: November 2019                           View this email in your browser
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We have selected 4 submissions made in response to the
Pre-RESPECT workshop solicitation! 

RPPforCS is asking the rest of the community to pre-register for one of the workshops via this form: Pre-RESPECT Workshop Registration Form. Deadline for pre-registration is Friday, December 13. 

These workshops will only run if they get enough interest from community members. RPPforCS members are being offered an additional $150 to help cover costs associated with attending these workshops (this is in addition to the financial support we are offering to attend our in-person community meetup co-located with RESPECT). Below are the abstracts, which you can also read in the registration form itself.

RESPECT submission deadline for Panels, Posters, and Lightning Talks is Wednesday, November 20th

Date: Tuesday, March 10 in Portland, OR

Time: Afternoon, depending on projected duration of the workshop. The earliest start time would be 1pm PST, allowing for same day travel to the workshop

REMINDER: we will meet as a community first thing in the morning of Weds so we have no conflict with the RESPECT agenda (which is where many of us will likely be presenting)

Finding the Right “Look”: Charting the Capacity of “Look For” Documents to Discern CT Integration in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms 
Kelly Mills, Pati Ruiz, & Quinn Burke

According to the national non-profit, to date, a total of thirty-five states have enacted computer science (CS) standards for their K-12 public schools. Meanwhile, nine more states are in the process of developing statewide CS and digital literacy (DL) standards (, 2019). Yet while the national push for computing in all U.S. schools is an admirable goal (and has seen gains nearly unimaginable ten years ago), there is still serious debate to what extent classrooms are enacting substantial computing on the elementary and middle school levels. The call for computational thinking (CT) has galvanized educators and researchers to increasingly integrate computing into existing subjects, but the sheer range of activities and subject matter has made it fundamentally difficult to understand what computing looks like and how it builds upon itself across the grade bands. Based on a three-year NSF CSforAll grant entitled “CT Pathways”, this proposed session presents the use of “Look For” documents to assess CT integration and as a self-reflective measure that teachers can use to gauge their own understanding on key CT competencies and their capacity to enact these with their middle school students. Come join your colleagues at this session as we discuss the impetus for developing 6-8 “Look For” documents among three unique school districts (one urban, one rural, and one suburban), as well as discuss the wider challenges and opportunities around assessing CT in K-8 classrooms.

ECS: Shared Research, Shared Data
Monica McGill, Alan Peterfreund

The workshop will allow those projects that have been using the ECS curriculum to share lessons learned associated with teacher professional training, experience and support; student learning, and school/district implementation. The specific focus will be instruments and processes of data collection, data utilization as part of the RPP, and findings. The overarching objective is to use this discussion to identify next steps for potentially collecting data through common instruments or constructs in order to support the sharing of data. This in turn can facilitate the participating projects to identify generalized learning about implementing ECS and contextualize local circumstances. This workshop will also be linked to efforts by CSEdResearch to serve as a common platform for data sharing moving forward.

Achieving CSforAll: Starting early by developing elementary teacher competencies in computing education
Aman Yadav

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.


Erin Henrick, a partner of the RPPforCS, led the writing on our 4th Research Practice Brief! You can check it out here:

We have an impactful webinar coming up next week! On November 20th at 2:00 PM, Richard Ladner will be moderating a panel to address "Small Changes to Attend to Accessibility."

About 7.5 million (15%) of K-12 students in the US are identified as having a disability and the vast majority of these students are in general education classes. What are the strategies for including these students in computer science activities and classes? This webinar will feature a panel of teachers and curriculum developers who have addressed this problem.


  • Sarah Ciras is a computer science teacher at the Landmark School in Beverly, MA. She is an AccessCSforAll RPP partner representing her school.
  • Andreas Stefik is an associate professor in computer science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the creator of the Quorum programming language and all the lessons associated with it.   Is is a White House Champion of Change for Computer Science in 2016. He is a Principal Investigator for AccessCSforAll.
  • Emmanual Schanzer is founder and program director a Bootstrap, a computational curriculum for algebra, physics, and data science.  He is a co-Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded project titled "Hybrid Professional Development to Enhance Teachers' Use of Bootstrap."
Richard Ladner is a professor emeritus in computer science at the University of Washington. He is a winner of the 2016 SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility. He is a Principal Investigator for AccessCSforAll.

One strategy for attending to accessibility is to incorporate principles of Universal Design for Learning. Below are a couple of resources for learning more about UDL.

We need your help to improve our RPPforCS searchable database. We were recently made aware of a data error and while we are able to correct things as they are noticed individually, we would love for folks to give us feedback so that we can continue to make this resource as accurate, up-to-date, and useful as possible. We’ve also added new filters and would love for you to let us know if:

  • there are any keywords currently missing that you think should be included
  • there are any keywords that might not be particularly useful,
  • there are any projects obviously missing certain keywords (the K-postsecondary pathways keyword has been a particular thorn for our database manager, Jordan)

Please send your comments and feedback to

We would like to welcome Cohort 3 - 20 projects that are the latest addition to our growing community! You can find out more about these new projects via our RPPforCS Searchable Database.

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 most webinars will be at 2:00 PM EST. 

  • 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


On Wednesday November 12 we held our welcome webinar with the newest cohort of funded RPPs. These 20 projects are the latest addition to our growing community and will be invited to our in-person community meetup co-located with RESPECT. You can find out more about these new projects via our RPPforCS Searchable Database.


  • The SIGCSE Board invites applications for the next round of SIGCSE Special Project Grants. The deadline for this round is November 15, 2019.

  • We look forward to hearing what ya’ll are doing to celebrate csedweek (December 9th - 15th)

  • RESPECT submission deadline for Panels, Posters, and Lightning Talks is Wednesday, November 20th

  • Respect is also soliciting for reviewers. Interested? CLICK HERE! 

  • The next submission deadline for proposals for IUSE: EHR is December 4, 2019. View the IUSE Program Solicitation: NSF 19-601.

  • The goal of the upcoming CUE.NEXT workshops is to initiate a national dialog on the role of computing in undergraduate education. Three NSF funded workshops are scheduled to take place in Chicago (November 18 and 19), DC (December 5 and 6) and Denver (January 2020).

Job Opportunities:

You can now follow on Twitter (@csedresearch) and on Facebook (@csedresearch)!

We share updates to the resource center, including enhancements made as well as new instruments and articles as they are added.

Work has been done to measure Pedagogical Content Knowledge through vignettes. Aman Yadav and Marc Berges created the Computer Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge Instrument to do just that. Modeled after other vignette measurement instruments, their instrument has evidence of validity. You can read more (and find the instrument) here.

We’re highlighting a couple of articles on developing PCK in teachers: 

Attention CSEd Graduate Student and Faculty Researchers! 

CSEdGrad is a new research project exploring the pathways of future Computer Science Education Researchers. Those involved hope to:

  • Assess the current experiences and barriers of CSEd graduate students and their advisors
  • Build a learning community to connect, empower, and mentor CSEd graduate students. 
  • Provide resources and opportunities to the CSEd researcher community

Participation from graduate students and their advisors is paramount to our endeavor. If you would like to get involved or learn more, please CLICK HERE.

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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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