RPPforCS Newsletter: June 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. 

Plans for our third year (time flies when you’re having fun) emerged from our annual retreat at the end of May. Much of this was driven by your feedback on the community survey.
Our key activities:

  • Welcome Cohort 3 awardees this Fall
  • 3rd annual gathering in partnership with RESPECT and SIGCSE in Portland, March 10-14, 2020
  • Monthly community calls
  • Continue to share resources among the teams through CS Ed Research and our continually evolving project website

A new approach that we are taking for structuring our work will focus on five key themes:

  • Teacher Engagement and Leadership (July-August)
  • Fundamentals of RPP (September-October)
  • PCK: What are we learning about the teaching of CS? (November-January)
  • Balancing research and implementation (February-March)
  • Outcome measurement and dissemination strategies (April-May)

For each of these themes we will be identifying community members to help lead the conversations during the theme period. We’ll work with those theme leaders to put together relevant products (e.g. theme studies, research briefs), host webinars and meet-ups, and encouraging community sharing of experiences and resources.

Finally, the RPPforCS internal team’s focus will increasingly turn to our research questions. Our success will continue to be a function of the great cooperation we have had from you already, and in our future data collection efforts.

We invite you to read a reflection from the RPPforCS Leadership retreat: "The Cost-Benefit of Honesty."
CSTA 2019 - July 7-10 Phoenix, AZ
RPPforCS gathering! Tuesday, July 9th 5:30 PM at Hanny's (40 N. First St, Phoenix - first floor.) We hope everyone in the area will join us for a meet-up to share and help answer our discussion question. 
NNERPP Annual Forum - July 8-10 Boston

Blocks and Beyond 2019: Beyond Blocks - A VL/HCC workshop in Memphis, TN, USA, Fri Oct 18, 2019 

July 24th - 2:00 PM

Reflections and plans for Year 3
The July call will present a calendar of themes for the coming year based on your responses to our community survey. We’ll ask projects to volunteer to participate in “theme teams” for the themes that feel most relevant. To kick us off, our first theme centers around engagement on the front line: the role teachers play in RPPforCS projects. Expect a release of this theme study this summer, which you can contribute insights toward if you were not interviewed, by submitting through this link!

Mark your calendars! We have all of our webinars planned in advance to coincide with our new themes. Unless otherwise noted, webinars will be at 2:00 PM EST. 

  • August - No webinar this month!
  • September 24- Teacher Leadership
  • October 16 - Onboard Cohort 3
  • November 20th- Community share out
  • December 18 - PCK learning (CS Ed Week report out)
  • January 22 - PCK learning
  • February- 26th Balancing research/imp 
  • March- No webinar this month!
  • April- 22 Community share out
  • May- 27 Outcome data / Dissemination 

On our last webinar we partnered with CSforAll Teachers to discuss how Virtual Communities of Practice can be part of the strategy for engaging an RPP. We started a great document here that captured both barriers and solutions to creating and sustaining communities of practice. Feel free to add your own suggestions to this living document. 


"Research-Practice Partnerships: Sharing Data Where It Matters" Blog Post about Project Next Door to Silicon Valley: A Researcher-Practitioner Partnership to Address Disparities in Access and Expectations for Computer Science Education - Award # 1738814

Joanna Goode - "Why Computer Science Education in Schools of Education" Video:

Norma Ming, San Francisco Unified School District - "What are the Dimensions of District Capacity That Enable Effective Evidence-Based Decision-Making?" Article from NNERPP Extra 

Aman Yadav and Marc Berges "Computer Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Characterizing Teacher Performance An instrument to measure computer science pedagogical content knowledge.

Do you have something you'd like announced in the next newsletter?
Submit your news HERE!

We are so excited to see some of you at CSTA next month in Phoenix! (Psst - July 9th at 5:30 at 40 N. First St.)
In the lead up to our in-person gathering for those that can come, we’re asking questions about the development of teacher leadership:

How can the RPP cultivate opportunities for skills growth with respect to both teachers as leading voices within projects and teachers as part-time researchers? 

We look forward to chatting about it!

We've compiled the results of our RPPforCS Community Survey!  The survey was designed to:

  1. Assess the value (current and potential) of the RPPforCS project in advancing CS for All RPP teams forward
  2. Help define the priorities for year 3 and for the third cohort
  3. Provide a baseline of information against which to track over the course of the RPPforCS project.

Here's a quick snap-shot of our findings, but click HERE for the full summary!

We have compiled a searchable database of...well...YOU!
Search for fellow RPPforCSers by state, curriculum, grade span, and more.
If you have any questions or need some information added/edited, please reach out! Click below to get started on finding like minds and goals: provides resources for primary and secondary education, including evaluation instruments for computing education (over 80 now!) and summaries of research articles. Be on the lookout for a redesign of in the next few weeks!

Evaluation instruments that focus on teacher self-efficacy:

  • Self-Efficacy for Computational Thinking (SECT) by Nathan Bean, Joshua Weese, Russell Feldhausen, R. Scott Bell is a quantitative instrument designed to measure pre-service teachers' self-efficacy in programming and computational thinking within their future teaching roles.
  • BASICS Study Teacher Interview Guide by Outlier Research & Evaluation, UChicago STEM Education, University of Chicago is a qualitative instrument that focuses on a teacher's use of the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) curriculum as well as supports and barriers to implementing that curriculum in their classroom.

Discussion Guide for Educators to talk about the book White Fragility

There is currently a slow chat happening on Twitter for the book “Culturally Responsive Teaching And The Brain” by Zaretta Hammond.

Stephanie is currently reading Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution by Caroline Fraser. She just finished Volume 1 of The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman, La Belle Sauvage and Shrill by Lindy West.

Stacey is reading Why Am I Always Being Researched? by Chicago Beyond. They are also working through Railsea by China Miéville (because they enjoy Moby Dick and Moby Dick-adjacent works).

Leigh Ann is reading Seeing Like A State: How certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed by James Scott

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  • And You? 
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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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