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

Those of us who attended the CSforAll: RPP PI meeting wrote up a short reflection and our next steps to follow up on the sessions and great conversations we had. You can read this reflection here

The RPPforCS project is looking to facilitate cross-project research by supporting topical working groups on Tuesday March 10. These groups should come together around a common theme of interest related to both RPPs and CS education. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

Don’t forget to look at all the resources from our last newsletter, and please join us on October 15th for our Webinar!


What advice would you give someone preparing a proposal for CS for All RPP?  
Let us know your thoughts!

Are you thinking about applying for the next round of CSforALL:RPP grants? Consider attending one of the upcoming proposal preparation workshops - deadlines are fast approaching! 

October 15 - WEBINAR: RPP Fundamentals: Supporting Your Practice Partner Organizations in Achieving Their Goals

This webinar will feature a panel of project representatives from PILA-CS, Personalized Computational Thinking for Grades 3-8, and one other project (should it be yours?). We will also have dedicated time for webinar attendees to share their own reflections on supporting practice partner goals.
Here are some of the questions we want to explore in this webinar:

  • Beyond the goals of the partnership, do you know the goals of your partner organizations are?  Do you understand their strategic plan?
  • How is the partnership addressing the practice org’s goals?
  • How, if at all, have goals had to be renegotiated due to contextual changes?

October 15 - deadline to apply for SIGCSE Travel Grant

October 18 - RESPECT- Call for papers!  Abstracts due 10/18

October 21 - 23 - CSforALL Summit - This year the theme of the CSforALL Summit is Systems Change. As the movement matures, we are challenging the community to dig deep and think long term, moving beyond individual efforts to inspire students and prepare educators, to transforming the systems that will ensure that computer science becomes an integral and sustained part of the K-12 experience, both in and out of schools. Check out the Speaker Page for ongoing announcements of speakers, including members of the RPPforCS community! 

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. 

  • October 15 - RPP Fundamentals: Supporting Your Practice Partner Organizations in Achieving Their Goals
  • 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


There is a collection of resources found over at the Collective Impact Forum blog.

Though this model is not strictly applicable to RPPs, collective impact has many synergies with the kinds of change your projects seek to make and the models many of you have adopted for making that change. Check out this specific piece on onboarding new partners!
How to Onboard New Collaborative Partners.

The Department of Education EIR grants have been announced and we’re thrilled to see so many computer science initiatives. Many RPPforCS community members are represented. If you’re one of them, and would like to share more about your work let us know!

New cohorts! Did you know that is a resource center designed to help you find evaluation instruments for measuring your programs (students, teachers, stakeholders, etc.), research on K-12 computing education, and advice on conducting and reporting research? Developed under a five-year NSF grant with additional support from the RPPforCS grant, this site continues to add new material to meet the needs of evaluators and researchers. We’re here to help you not only start thinking about how you will formally evaluate your programs, but also help you find the resources you need to make your program assessment a success. 

As an example, the BASICS Study Teacher Implementation Questionnaire measures Exploring Computer Science (ECS) teachers’ innovativeness, attitudes, perceptions, beliefs, and coping strategies. If this instrument captures a set of your evaluation needs, using this instrument (in whole, in part, or with modifications) with proper citations could save you resources and time.
We'll be at the CSforAll Summit October 21-23. Will you? Let's get together! 

Stacey from RPPforCS will be hosting a Coffee Talk - no big whoop. Tuesday afternoon (10/22,) there is a scheduled break at 3:15.  Grab your snacks and we'll meet in the lobby! 

We'll give you a topic: What does your RPPforCS ecosystem look like? Could you map it? What else is happening in the world around your project? Discuss. 

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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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