RPPforCS Newsletter: December 2019                           View this email in your browser
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FINAL REMINDER: pre-registration for workshops closes on Dec. 13

The "Problems of Practice: Keeping the Focus on Equity in your RPP" workshop and the "Achieving CSforAll: Starting early by developing elementary teacher competencies in computing education" workshop have gotten enough pre-registrants to run.

If you are interested in either of the other two workshops (“Finding the Right Look” or ECS shared data, shared instruments”) please pre-register by December 13th. Without your support, these workshops will not run.

Final registration will continue to run through January, but you will only be able to attend those workshops that get enough support by the end of this week.

CLICK HERE to register. 

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

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

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

Problems of Practice: Keeping the Focus on Equity in your RPP
Florence Sullivan, Jill Denner, Jean Ryoo, Sneha Veeragoudar

Register HERE by December 13 

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)

We want to give a special shout out and thanks to Jim Hook, Tania Hoode, Jonathan Fink, and Don Mueller of Portland State University for their diligent work in securing space for our pre-RESPECT workshops. Thank you all so much!

As in past years, we are providing funding to help defray costs associated with attending the RPPforCS Community Meetup and RESPECT registration. This year we will be providing additional funding to attend one of our pre-RESPECT workshops. 

  • Community Meetup: up to $400 per person, up to 2 people per project
    Special note for Cohort 3: As with past cohorts, funding for Cohort 3 attendees is contingent on your project providing RPPforCS with information that we will use in our research.
  • Pre-RESPECT Workshop: up to $150 per attendee (no limit per project)

RPPforCS Workshop and Community Meetup Reimbursement Information

On November 20th we held a community call that took up issues of accessibility. The panel discussion included voices from researchers, a developer, and a teacher working with students requiring various accessibility accommodations. The conversation was rich and we generated many useful resources to use not only with students, but in our projects more generally. The RPPforCS leadership team also shared about one of the changes we plan to make within our project to make our materials more accessible. This resource page includes links to the recorded webinar and provides links to the resources discussed, suggestions for further reading, and the Zoom chat history from the call.

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. 

  • 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


  • Pre-registration for workshops closes on Dec. 13 CLICK HERE to register. 

  • We look forward to hearing what ya’ll are doing to celebrate csedweek (December 9th - 15th)
  • The goal of the upcoming CUE.NEXT workshops is to initiate a national dialog on the role of computing in undergraduate education. The final NSF funded workshop is scheduled to take place in Denver (January 2020).

If you haven’t yet watched Amy Ko’s keynote address from Koli Calling 2019, the RPPforCS team highly recommends it. Equity continues to be a major focus for our community and Amy challenges us to take a more political stance. Yes, let’s fight for equitable access to tools, curricula, and resources, but let’s not forget that there are real-world implications for computing itself. She challenges the research community to take up research and teaching in four new areas: “the limits of computing, social responsibility, data literacy, and diversity literacy.”

Continuing along our pursuit of equity, we found this EdWeek blog post on valuing teachers’ knowledge and expertise as evidence to be great food for thought. What counts as evidence in your RPP? 

We all know that doing sustainable equity work requires involvement and commitment at all levels of a system. This Administrator Equity Implementation Guide can be a helpful resource for practice-side partners as you work as an RPP to make meaningful change.

NIH refines its definition of socio-economic diversity

AP CSA and CSP data are out!  Barbara Ericson, University of Michigan

As we move into the theme of Pedagogical Content Knowledge, or PCK, we thought we would ask Dr. Colleen Lewis, PI of for a definition of PCK. Here’s what she told us:

RPPForCS: How is PCK for CS different from the content knowledge teachers get in PD, or the pedagogical expertise they have from years of teaching other subjects?

Dr. Lewis: The CS PCK (or Pedagogical Content Knowledge) that teachers need relates to effective methods of teaching CS content. This CS PCK definitely relies on content knowledge that teachers might have (or learn during PD). Additionally, it builds on top of teacher's other pedagogical expertise! When I first started teaching I knew the CS content well, but had so much to learn about pedagogy and CS PCK! Luckily I had friends who were teachers who coached me on developing my pedagogical skills -- and I'm continuing to develop both my pedagogical skills and CS PCK as I teach. 

RPPforCS: Do you have any references or links that would accompany this answer?

Dr. Lewis: Here's a more recent article by the creator of the term PCK: Shulman, L. S. (2015). PCK: Its genesis and exodus. In Re-examining pedagogical content knowledge in science education (pp. 13-23). Routledge.

Dr. Colleen Lewis is the McGregor-Girand Associate Professor of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College. She is the principal investigator for the many grants that resulted in and (in her words) is always looking for ways to make CS more teachable and relatable.

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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