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WeTeach_CS: Strategies for Scale (NSF)

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WeTeach_CS: Strategies for Scale - NSF CISE PI Meeting
March 2017
Denver, CO

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WeTeach_CS: Strategies for Scale (NSF)

  1. 1. WeTeach_CS: Strategies for Scale NSF CISE PI Meeting March 2017 Denver, CO Carol Fletcher, Ph.D. Deputy Director, Center for STEM Education The University of Texas at Austin @drfletcher88
  2. 2. 2 1. Define the Landscape Shocking Facts about Texas CS!
  3. 3. 3 Only 3% of Texas HS students took a computer science course in 2015-16 CS Fact
  4. 4. 4 2. Engage Business/CS Professionals • TX CS Task Force • Landscape Report • 15 people representing CS teachers, edtech business, higher ed, TCEA, CTAT, Code.org, College Board, ISD leaders and policymakers • Built consensus around key barriers and recommendations Building the Texas Computer Science Pipeline Strategic Recommendations for Success Carol L. Fletcher, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin Weteachcs.org
  5. 5. 5 3. Define outcomes
  6. 6. 6 in computer science, computational thinking, coding, and programming. In 2015-16, provided 24,010 contact hours of training to 1,352 Texas educators representing 697 schools 339 public, private, and charter school districts & 4. Plan for Scale
  7. 7. 7 5. Ask administrators/teachers what they need
  8. 8. 8 In 2014-15, only 14 Texas teachers completed a traditional or alternative pre-service CS certification program. State Board of Educator Certification, 2015 #1 Admin need was certified teachers
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  10. 10. 10 Face-to-Face Certification Prep Course • 2 days • Focused on the teacher competencies measured on CS Teacher Certification Exam (TExES) • TExES is the same as Praxis • Offered 16 times across the state through summer 2017 6. Design hybrid models of PD
  11. 11. 11 WeTeach_CS: Foundations of CS for Teachers Week 1: Software Design and Programming basics Week 2: Programming Fundamentals Week 3: Loops and Recursion Week 4: Data Structures Week 5: More OOP, Algorithms and Big O (Oh my!) Week 6: Programming Fundamentals • Six-week program • Foundational CS concepts • Lots of practice • Prepares teachers for CS certification • Some prior experience in coding or programming required for educators interested in becoming certified to teach Grades 8-12 CS. Course was developed with funding from: ONLINE COURSE
  12. 12. 12 Apply TODAY! Funded by Certification Incentive Program (CIP) Through the support of 100Kin10 and TEA, the CIP provides the opportunity for Texas educators to apply for a $1,000 STIPEND awarded by the TRC for successfully attaining their certification goal.
  13. 13. 13 218 Texas educators have been CS certified since fall 2015 7. Early and measurable success
  14. 14. 14 8. Create multiple entry points for teachers
  15. 15. 15 • Enrollment Opens: 3/27/2017 • Course Starts: 5/8/2017 • Pacing: Self Paced • Cost: Free - $99 for Verified Certificate WeTeach_CS: Foundations of CS for Teachers To register please visit: www.WeTeachCS.org
  16. 16. 16 Connecting Texas educators with state and national leaders / resources to teach CS and computational thinking. Professional development for K-12 educators, focused on building the CS Education Community 9. Build Community
  17. 17. 17 Strategies for Effective and Inclusive CS Teaching • New online course launching in Fall 2017 sponsored by • Focused on Broadening Participation in CS • Practical strategies for growing an equitable CS program in your school – Recruitment and retention for diversity – Securing administrator buy-in – Selecting an IDE – Evaluating curriculum like ECS and CSP – Unconscious bias
  18. 18. 10. Leverage existing STEM PD networks
  19. 19. 19 11. Spread the work by spreading the wealth
  20. 20. 20 Policy Objectives • Incentivize school districts to invest in CS by moving HS CS from Tech Apps to CTE to provide weighted funding. • Continue to support teacher training and incentives for CS certification.

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