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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! 

In the June newsletter we introduced the idea of a thematic organization to the year's activities. We created a graphic (below) that provides a bit more detail about the focus of each theme. This newsletter is the first with thematic content focused on practitioner engagement and leadership. Keep reading for some reflections on engaging teachers as well as some great resources from csedresearch.org for researchers working with teachers!

We often talk about the need for curriculum development, but curriculum is not enough. Teachers need one-off resources to integrate with their curriculum, especially as they consider how to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of their students. Leigh Ann had the privilege of being on a panel, “Advancing Equity and Inclusion in Computer Science Education” sponsored by Microsoft at CSTA.

During the panel, a teacher asked “How do I make my classroom inclusive”, and when some panelists gave some best practices - look at your decorations, stay away from gendered assignments, encourage all your students to participate- the teacher said thank you, but HOW do I do that?  What she needed was resources - things she could bring back with her, read/watch and study, and return to again and again to check her practice. 

Leigh Ann shared NCWIT’s resources page - one of her favorites, as well as the NYC CS4ALL Blueprint.

While some of us were gathering at CSTA, others attended the NNERPP Annual Forum. This community gathering hosted RPPs from across the country to talk about pressing issues in partnership work, swap stories and experience reports, and to deepen our understanding of the impact of RPPs on education. Several RPPforCS teams were represented at the Annual Forum. Below are a few short reflections.

Rebecca Zarch: The best part for me was being in a room with such a diverse array of teams. People were there from projects funded by federal programs, foundations and private investors addressing a wide spectrum of educational initiatives from early childhood literacy to higher education. I was overwhelmed by the movement towards RPPs and excited by the breadth of the field. It was also cool how many CS folks were in the room!

Emily Green: I think one thing that I loved was the interactivity and the culture of the forum. Everything was set up to talk/interact and so often I go to conferences and make few meaningful connections but this was set up to connect with those doing similar work and be able to have meaningful conversations. Most valuable to RPPforCS group: the morning workshops on Tuesday (Role-Alike and Discussion on RPP Effectiveness) were invaluable and I wish I could’ve attended multiple of them!
Stacey Sexton: I think what I appreciated most about this forum was the balance between working with your team, producing things that you can take home, and working across teams to deepen our understanding of the RPP aspect of education work.

 

has a new look! 

Search for evaluation instruments (surveys, interview protocols, etc.) by visiting https://csedresearch.org/evaluation-instruments/ and changing the Focus Area to "Computing". Select any other criteria you like (grade levels, for example). Here is one that may be of interest to you:

  • Teacher Efficacy and Attitudes Toward STEM (T-STEM) Survey (2012) by the Friday Institute is intended to measure changes in teachers’ confidence and self-efficacy in STEM subject content and teaching, use of technology in the classroom, 21st century learning skills, leadership attitudes, and STEM career awareness. Available to help program coordinators make decisions about possible improvements to their program.

Search for article summaries related to K-12 education by visiting https://csedresearch.org/articles/ and changing the filter settings to meet your needs. Here are two article summaries that may be of interest to you this month:

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!
FIND OUR ARCHIVE OF PAST WEBINARS HERE
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 - Pedagogical Content Knowledge (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

Check out some of these great presentations and videos from the NSF ITEST summit!


Is your RPP working with pre- or in-service teachers taking coursework at the university? Check out the Robert Noyce program at NSF - Capacity Building grants available. Proposals Due August 27.

SIGCSE Proposals have abstracts due on August 23, and full paper/other sessions due on August 30th.


The Spencer Foundation will be renewing it’s call for proposals for RPP funding--check back in the coming months for updated deadlines.


CSTA is looking for K-12 Educators who are committed to equity to become the inaugural class of Equity Fellows. Pass this opportunity along to your practice partners!

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

RPPforCS community member Jill Denner and colleagues (NSF #1543001), recently released a paper reflecting on internal RPP dynamics. “Negotiating Trust, Power, and Culture in a Research–Practice Partnership” was produced from a partnership that predates the CSforAll: RPP program, but its insights are relevant and timely for the RPPforCS community. We've all read it - and think you should too! 

Leigh Ann is reading the resources from Practical Measures, Routines, and Representations.

Summer is not a quiet time for CS Education projects, as much of our professional development activities happen during the summer months. This is a critical time where teachers can provide feedback to inform the project. What does this feedback loop look like in your project? How have you incorporated this feedback?

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

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:

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!

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Who are our Members?
  • 435 Researchers
  • 80 Out-of-School Providers
  • 243 School Districts / Universities
  • 88 Funders
  • 44 Content Providers
  • And You? 
Reach out to membership@csforall.org if you did not receive an invitation to create a profile or if you want to sign up to be a member!

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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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