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RPPforCS Monthly Newsletter- November, 2018

Welcome to the sixth edition of the RPPforCS newsletter! In this month's newsletter: resources for building virtual teacher communities, upcoming dissemination opportunities, and discussion starters. 

We really want this to be a community-sourced newsletter, so please tell us what you would like to see highlighted!

In case you missed the September newsletter, you can find the link here.
In case you were not able to join us, you can find the last webinar here.


                  Upcoming November Webinar

           On Wednesday, November 28th from 2:00-3:00 PM EST

Minding the Gender Gap Using RPPforCS

There is clearly a problem of young women taking CS courses at all levels, especially in AP or other electives. For the RPP projects that are creating courses, they will also struggle with getting girls engaged, or implementing best practices that do not turn girls away.

There are a few organizations who study why this happens and how to fix it. NCWIT is one. They have an entire resources page ( with research-based information that can be useful to the teams as they are thinking about closing any gender gaps or making sure required courses operate with best practices that encourage participation of all genders. Join us for the next webinar (11/28/18) to find out more about NCWIT’s resources that are especially relevant for K-12.

 You don’t need to set up your own virtual community!  A platform exists!

Funded by the National Science Foundation (Award #1836310) and managed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), CS for All Teachers is a virtual community of practice, welcoming all teachers from PreK through high school who are interested in or currently teaching computer science. With the support of a team of community ambassadors, members can get answers to their burning questions, share their experiences in small groups, participate in webinars, search for resources, and learn from their colleagues.  

Need a private space for your virtual engagement with teachers but don’t want to create something new? We can help! Contact Melissa Rasberry ( to discuss how to set up a private group and also connect your teachers to the broader CS for All Teachers community.

November Discussion Corner

About the RPP:
In this month, our discussion questions are from Erin's presentation from CSforAll RPP workshop: 

1) How will your partnership develop team members to conduct partnership activities?
2) What resources are allocated for partnership work? 

For each question, how will you know if you are making progress? What data will you collect and analyze?

Broader context:
Stacey thinks that as we engage in work that brings underrepresented students into CS work-spaces, we have to be cognizant of the kinds of environments that we are encouraging them to become a part of. The recent Google employee walkouts show that these work-spaces are far from equitable in their treatment of underrepresented groups, particularly women. As educators and researchers in this field, we cannot be ambivalent about the power of these labor actions to change the field for the very students we are hoping to attract. What do you think?


                      What We're Reading


CSforALL is reading:Integrating Research on How People Learn and Learning Across Settings as a Window of Opportunity to Address Inequality in Educational Processes and Outcomes, by Carol D. Lee.

Stacey and Rebecca are reading: Rethinking Race and Power in Design-Based Research: Reflections from the Field by Sepehr Vakil, Maxine McKinney de Royston, Na'ilah Suad Nasir & Ben Kirshner.


          Join the discussion on Slack! Click here to join our slack channel today!

                   Unfamiliar with Slack? Read this User Guide to get started. 


           CSTA conference July 7- 10, 2019 |                   Pasadena,CA. Deadline for proposals:                                             December 2, 2018.    

       Submit your paper and evaluation instruments to the CSEd Repository

The Repository was developed to help researchers and practitioners find relevant research and curriculum initiatives quickly. The site provides an easy way to search and find summaries of over 400 articles from CS related conferences and journals. The site also houses over 50 evaluation instruments specifically designed to evaluate the impact of computer science education. Add your articles and instruments to this growing resource! Feel free to reach us through the contact form on the site or email
us directly at or

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