RPPforCS Newsletter: April 2019                           View this email in your browser
Welcome to the the RPPforCS newsletter!

In this month's newsletter, we spotlight more details about upcoming data collection activities, update our webinar schedule, announce upcoming events, and more. 

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We invite you to take part in our annual RPPforCS Community Survey. The purpose of this survey is to measure participants’ perceived value of the RPPforCS community, activities and resources for their RPP project. The survey will also gather feedback on the activities to date and inform year three activities.

This survey will close April 30th. Look for the report after June 15th! 

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Reporting what happened at RESPECT/SIGCSE

The RPPforCS community met February 27, 2019 during the afternoon of the RESPECT conference as a connected community of practice (CCOP).  During this meeting teams self-selected table topics to discuss with members of the CCOP. Some of these sessions focused on problems of practice while others focused on the challenges of working in an RPP.  Though a facilitator guide was offered at each table, not all discussions chose to use the guide. Topics for which notes are available include:

  • Cultural Responsiveness in Computing
  • Scaling
  • Student Learning Assessments
  • Integrating Computational Thinking
  • Challenges of working within an RPP structure
  • Balancing research and implementation

The notes gathered at each of these table discussions are LINKED HERE.

Additionally, we compiled another short set of notes are from the brief Q & A that we had at the end of the structured poster session. One theme that strongly came through during the second half of this discussion was a question of values. How do we define our values? How are we communicating our values to our partners? How is our project communicating its values to stakeholders? What is our responsibility to explore the values of our partners and how practice may or may not align with stated values?

Did you enjoy the structured poster session during SIGCSE? You can view pictures of the posters and event here.

We plan to curate a digital repository of these posters. If your team hasn’t yet sent a PDF of your poster to, please do so by Friday, April 26.

Coming up Next:

April 22nd - 4:00 PM

Please join us on April 22nd, 4-5pm ET for a webinar jointly hosted between the ECEP and RPPforCS communities. Two panels of current and former classroom teachers will explore the theme of teacher leadership within the CS and BPC movements.

May 20th - 3:30 PM

In May we want teams to take the opportunity to share out on the call. We are very interested in strategies you are using for recruiting. What’s worked for your project in recruiting teachers to your initial activity? After the first “hook”, how has your project maintained engagement as part of the work of the RPP? These guiding questions will set us up well for our main discussion lead by Melissa Rasberry on building and sustaining virtual communities.


Did you miss the last webinar? We focused on implementation coherency in education with guest speaker Rafi Santo. Here are the recording and the presentation slides. (You can find all previous webinars here.)
Microsoft Philanthropies and Inclusive Computer Science Education - April 23 webinar

CSforALL Community Call - April 25, 2019
Apple Education will highlight new resources designed to help schools take their coding programs even further, including new Swift Coding Club kits, Student App Design Showcase Playbook, AP® CS Principles with Swift course, and App Development with Swift certification. REGISTER HERE

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

NCWIT Summit - May 14-16 Nashville

CSTA 2019 - July 7-10 Phoenix

NNERPP Annual Forum - July 8-10 Boston

March 27-April 30:
Community Survey!
This survey is for anyone involved with anything RPPforCS!  We use it to plan for the next year and to better understand how to provide value to the RPP projects.

JUNE 1: Projects funded in 2018 (Cohort 2) Please complete your health assessment by June 1.  You can find your health assessment in your google folder that was shared with you. If you need access please email Rebecca. For more information about how others have used the health assessment, please see our brief.
We are excited about our upcoming joint webinar with ECEP this month. In Slack, we’ll be discussing how the connection between RPP projects and the policy makers at the state level can be strengthened and informed by the improvement science cycles leveraged by RPPs. Let’s chat about it!

This month's question from the community:

"I would love to hear about what they have noticed changing as more folks are entering the RPP realm."

Some things that I’ve noticed changing in the field as more folks enter the RPP space:

There is greater enthusiasm for the RPP model in general, and folks are increasingly looking for ways in which an RPP might serve to bridge existing gaps in education research and practice. There are more diverse organizations being integrated into RPPs, i.e., not just school districts and universities, but also non-profit organizations, community-based groups, and even students and families. Greater organizational diversity also brings a wider variety of models and topics being researched, which is a terrific progression for the field overall.

A big thank you to Paula Arce-Triggiati, Director of NNERPP for submitting this new section's first question! Do you have something you'd like to "ask an expert?" Submit your question HERE

Stephanie is currently reading exit interviews and coding them for her work as a part of the Visions RPP project. She is also starting Volume 1 of The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman, La Belle Sauvage.

Stacey is re-reading This Bridge Called My Back (2nd ed.), edited by Cherríe L. Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa. They are also doing a modest dive into work pertaining to culturally relevant/responsive/sustaining pedagogy. Of note is Gloria Ladsdon-Billings 2014 piece “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 2.0: a.k.a. the Remix” Harvard Educational Review: April 2014, Vol. 84, No. 1, pp. 74-84.

Leigh Ann is reading “Studying the Use of Research Evidence: A Review of Methods” from the WT Grant Foundation.

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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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