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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 and funding opportunities, and community discussion starters. 

In case you missed the September newsletter, you can find the link here.

Couldn't make it to the October 24 Webinar? You can find the links here: recording and the presentation slides.

On November 13 we welcomed the second cohort of funded projects with an introductory webinar. Follow the links for the recording and slides.


                  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, transgender, and gender non-conforming students under-enrolling in CS courses at all levels, especially in AP or other electives. RPP projects that are creating courses may also struggle with getting girls and non-binary students engaged or implementing instructional strategies that work well for students of all genders.

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, and to begin a discussion about the role that the RPP modality can play in addressing these gaps.

Cohort 1 Project Profile Updates

An important aspect of telling the story of your RPP is being able to describe the changes to your project over time. Last fall we worked with your teams to develop a profile of each project. We would like to do a follow-up of that exercise to explore the current state of your projects and partnerships one year into your grants. To sign up for a time to talk with someone from the RPPforCS project, please click here.

Cohort 2 Introductory Phone Calls

We welcomed our second cohort of projects on a special webinar hosted on 11/13/18. While we hope this allowed you all to understand a bit about RPPforCS--who we are and what our project goals are, we want to take the time to get to know each of your projects a bit better. To that end we invite you to sign up for a one-on-one introductory call with a member of the RPPforCS team. Please use this form to tell us the three best times between now and Christmas to have these conversations.

 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.

Highlight from the Community!

Diana Franklin, from the Scratch Encore project wants us to know that Scratch Encore intermediate curriculum is released!

"The first seven modules (2-3 hours of teaching for each) have been released. They are a balance between structured activities (Use->Modify) and open-ended activities (Create). The structured activities are scaffolded with TIPP&SEE, a learning strategy we developed to help students mindfully play with existing Scratch projects to figure out how they work, navigate the Scratch interface to find the code they want, and explore that code to understand the roles of individual blocks. We have held two professional development workshops with over 35 teachers in Chicago Public Schools."

For more information you can contact Diana at
November Discussion Corner

About the RPP:
In this month, our discussion questions are drawn from a presentation given by Erin Henrick at a recent NSF RPPforCS pre-proposal 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. Join the Slack discussion here.

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.


Want to discuss the articles we mentioned in this newsletter? Did the discussion corner questions spark a thought for the community? Join us on Slack to talk with your peers! 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.
RESPECT Paper submission deadline:
Monday, November 19th

Posters, Panel Proposals and Talks Submission deadline extended
November 27, 2019 

Projects are encouraged to participate in the evening poster session on Research and Equity. One issue of research equity that RPP aims to address is more closely involving practitioners in creating the research questions. Projects should consider discussing how you came up with their research questions, and the extent to which RPP played a consequential role. 

       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

Funding Opportunities!         
Here are some related funding opportunities from the NSF. 
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/SageFox Consulting Group and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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