RPPforCS Newsletter: May 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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Our second Research Practice Brief is ready for the public! In this brief we interviewed five projects with a focus on women and girls in Computer Science. In the five examples, we see both what projects are doing to address the gender-based issues in CS and how they are doing it. Let us know what you think!

RPPforCS - Alan Peterfreund & Leigh Ann DeLyser - Monica McGill & Adrienne Decker
Emergent Bilinguals and Computer Science PILA-CS - Chris Hoadley
Three Insights for Sustainable CS Education in Districts - Rafi Santo
Spanish Family Code Nights: Advancing CS for All - Jill Denner
The CS Teaching and Learning Collaboratory (CS-TLC) - Cindy Blitz
Constellations Center - Kamau Bobb & Lien Diaz
Infusing cooperative learning into computer science principle courses to promote Engagement and Diversity - Jeff Gray
CAFECS Teaching Assistant Program 
- Steve McGee, Lucia Dettori, Ronald Greenberg, Don Yanek & Dale Reed
Four strategies to broaden participation in computing - Jennifer Rosato
Learning Trajectories for Everyday Computing - Andrew Issaacs
Teaching Accessibility to Broaden Participation - Richard Ladner

A couple other videos you may be interested in:

What does Time4CS look like? - Lisa Milenkovic

Broadening Participation in Computing State Summit Toolkit - Sarah Dunton

Did we miss your video? Let us know and we'll be sure to publicize it in the next newsletter.

Coming up Next:

May 20th, 3:30 - 4:30 ET: Melissa Rasberry, Building and Sustaining Virtual Communities
On this webinar we want teams to take the opportunity to share out on the call. We are very interested in strategies you are using for recruiting teachers. 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 creating and maintaining virtual communities of practice.

No community call in June! But put July 24th on your calendars.
The July call will focus on our reflections from the past year, presenting results from the community survey, and discussing our plans for the next year with the community.

On our last webinar we partnered with the ECEP community to discuss teacher leadership in the BPC and CSforAll movements. The call generated some great ideas for elevating the role of teachers and supporting them effectively. Let’s continue that conversation here.
CSTA 2019 - July 7-10 Phoenix
NNERPP Annual Forum - July 8-10 Boston
Have a grad student on your project? They should apply to the ICER DC!


MAY 29 & 30 the RPPforCS project leadership team will be having a retreat to reflect on the past year and make plans for Year 3. One of our agenda items is to review the results of the community survey and prepare a report out to you all. In an effort to make ourselves more responsive to the whole community, contact us if there is something specific that you would like us to reflect upon/plan for.

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. is pleased to announce the Student Learning: Creating, Refining, and Promoting Evaluation and Research Across Computing Education workshop to be held as part of the 2019 International Computing Education Research conference (ICER), Toronto, CA  (

This workshop is designed to explore the current state of assessment and evaluation in computer science education in an effort to lay the foundation for identifying and prioritizing current and future needs.

If you are interested in learning more about this workshop, please visit

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Accelerating Women's Success and Mastery in CS (AWSM in CS) is a medium RPP developing a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) of high school CS teachers in Texas to improve the recruitment, retention and success of females in high school computer science (CS) courses.

Their project team would like to share some of their project instrumentation with the community. Included in the shared drive are four instruments: a teacher questionnaire, student questionnaire, teacher interview protocol, and student interview protocol. They ask that if you use their protocols, or items from them, that you let them know, and work toward sharing data

To help us prepare for our webinar next Monday with Melissa Rasberry, we would love for the community to reflect on what value, if any, VCOPs provide to their projects? What are barriers that you experience to creating and sustaining those communities? What solutions or suggestions do you have for mitigating those barriers?  Let’s chat about it!

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 reading “Paying Attention to White Culture and Privilege: A Missing Link to Advancing Racial Equity”, Gita Gulati-Partee and Maggi Potapchuk, The Foundation Review, 6:1, 2014. They are also making their way through What Every Radical Should Know About State Repression, Victor Serge.

ICYMI: NYC Research Alliance 10 Year Brief

In brainstorming ways to better support the community and thinking about flexible methods of getting information to you, we (Rebecca, Stacey, Erin, and Paula from NNERPP) thought about the idea of a podcast. So, we went to the internet. Though we didn’t find any podcasts dedicated to all things RPP, we did find a few episodes that you all might be interested in. Check them out!

EdFix Podcast, Episode 10: The Research-Practice Partnership...

Summit Speaker Series: Why Do Students Leave College? Preliminary Results from a Research-Practice Partnership

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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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