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Title: Project, District and Teacher Levels: Insights from Professional Learning in a CS RPP Collaboration
This paper presents an experience report from an NSF-funded researcher-practitioner partnership (RPP) project. Based on a collaboration among two public research universities and three urban school districts in the Northeast USA, the goal of the project is to establish an institutionalized middle school computer science curriculum in the districts. The CS curriculum incorporates digital literacy skills as an integral aspect of learning computer science, and is based on students developing mobile apps that provide social and community good. Here, we share our professional learning process during the project's first year, which had been developed iteratively and dynamically adjusted to a remote format in response to exigencies of Spring 2020. The paper includes analysis of three data sets from teacher-participants: (1) their questions about the nature of the project, which we categorized into three levels: project, district and teacher levels. These questions bridge the visions and knowledge among different groups of the project partners; (2) analysis of semi-structured interview conversations with more than half of the teacher-participants; and (3) teacher survey responses. Our findings include two recommendations: that RPP projects elicit teacher questions to illuminate the three levels identified, and use strategies that engage teachers in designing a professional learning process for teaching computer science.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1923461 1923452
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Date Published:
Journal Name:
SIGCSE '21: Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Page Range / eLocation ID:
746 to 752
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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