Strategy and Implementation of District-wide Computer Science Initiatives

 

Keywords: Computer Science Education, Values in Technology Education,  Education Policy Implementation Organizational Learning and Innovation,  Research-Practice Partnerships

 

The project CS Visions Research-Practice Partnership: Building Multi-level Alignment in Local CSforALL Implementations for Sustainability partners from CSforALL and UC-Irvine aimed to understand and support district-level computer science strategic planning and implementation that coordinate vision, implementation, and curriculum decisions.  

 

A central question of this project is how educational values translate into educational systems. This is a key question for anyone that cares about education generally, and it is also critical for those that are interested in bringing equitable computer science into K12 school systems. Values around the importance of computer science education should be reflected in decisions about things like curriculum, professional development, after school opportunities, community partnerships, and more. 

 

Designed as a research-practice partnership, the project supported sixteen school districts to engage in strategic planning around comprehensive computer science education for their students, actively aiming to root these strategies in core values around CS education identified by cross-district teams. Research focused on the ways that decisions around curriculum, professional learning and leadership played out within districts, and, in particular, how values played into these decisions and associated activities. 

 

Collaborators:

  • Leigh Ann DeLyser - CSforALL

  • June Ahn - UC, Irvine

Funders:

  • The National Science Foundation

  • Google

Resources:

Publications:

  • Santo, R., DeLyser, L., Ahn, J., Pellicone, A., Aguiar, J. & Wortel-London, S. (2019). Equity in the Who, How and What of Computer Science Education: K12 School District Conceptualizations of Equity in ‘CS for All’ Initiatives. In Proceedings of the 4th international conference on Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT).