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Clemson University

CRōCS

NEWS!

Background:

South Carolina has new K-8 standards that aim to engage all students in computer science and computational thinking and
create a pipeline to high school courses. Standards for grades 9-12 are under development. These inaugural standards present
a significant need for qualified teachers and the knowledge to prepare them.

Goals:

This RPP project will broaden participation in computing in South Carolina by preparing computer science (CS) teachers to
effectively use culturally responsive, inclusive pedagogies and will develop an active community of high school CS teachers
and researchers to meet the demand triggered by this move to include CS across the K-8 curriculum and to require rigorous
CS courses at the high school level.

Activities:
  • Conduct professional development workshops with 60 teachers in two cohorts: 40 in Exploring Computer Science, 20 in UTeach CSP
  • The project leverages an existing Researcher-Practitioner Partnership (RPP), including computer science and education researchers,
    along with administrators and teacher practitioners from the Anderson Five Career Campus (which will offer computing courses to high
    school students in Anderson School Districts), Pickens County School District, and South Carolina's Coalition for Mathematics and
    Science (an organization providing professional develoment to additional districts). Many of the participating schools have significant
    underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged student populations.
  • The project will investigate the effectiveness of different models of teacher support (including just-in-time, online only, versus a mixture of
    online and offline) on Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Computer Science, self-efficacy, and teacher understanding and implementation
    of culturally responsive computing, and teacher belief that all students are capable of digital innovation. There has been strong coordination
    between project activities and policy that is being adopted by the SCDE, which could serve as a model for partnerships in other states.

 

Overview

 

CRoCS


Professional Development

Objective

The proposed project has a local objective, motivated by the immediate challenges and opportunities in the state of South Carolina to make computing accessible to a diverse audience—and a larger objective, motivated by a need to understand what preparation is necessary and what impediments must be overcome to effectively deliver culturally responsive computing education to students. Exceptional potential exists in the state to diversify access to computing because of our demographics—over 30% of the residents identify as Black or African American (27.9%), or Hispanic or LatinX (5.3%) and because a significant population is economically disadvantaged and rural.

Project Summary

The project leverages an existing Researcher-Practitioner Partnership (RPP), including computer science and education researchers, along with administrators and teacher practitioners from the Anderson Five Career Campus (which will offer computing courses to high school students in Anderson School Districts), Pickens County School District, and South Carolina's Coalition for Mathematics and Science (an organization providing professional develoment to additional districts). Many of the participating schools have significant underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged student populations.


Constituents

  • Computer science and education researchers from Clemson University
  • Teacher practitioners and the director for eLearning and Integration at the Anderson Five Career Campus (soon to become the Anderson Institute of Technology), which will offer computing courses to students at high schools in Anderson School Districts Three, Four, and Five.
  • Teacher practitioners and the CATE coordinator of the Pickens County School District.
  • The South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science (SCCMS), an organization which facilitates cointacts and information exchange with SC school districts across the state.

Curricula and Pedagogy

The project has been funded to prepare approximately 60 inservice teachers (40 ECS teachers and 20 AP CSP teachers) in two cohorts of 30 each, beginning in the summers of 2018 and 2019. The teachers will be trained by the ECS team and the UTeach Institute. Computer Science “pathways” in South Carolina may include one or both of ECS and AP CSP courses.

        

  

  

  

ECS

The term “Exploring Computer Science” (ECS) refers to a curriculum as well as to a program of teacher professional development. Initially developed for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), ECS aims to broaden the participation in learning computer science. The ECS curriculum consists of six modules: (1) Human-Computer Interaction (2) Problem Solving (3) Web Design (4) Introduction to Programming (5) Robotics, and (6) Computing Applications. Assignments and lessons use computing education materials such as Scratch, Lego Mindstorms robotics challenges, and Computer Science Unplugged.
The ECS curriculum seeks to draw from the rich experiences that a diverse student body brings into the classroom, and engages students in activities such as building Web sites about community issues that concern them or using Scratch to develop stories about their community, highlighting positive attributes, recommending something that should change, and incorporating statistics to support the narratives.
The professional development model for ECS consists of a one-week, pre-implementation summer institute to introduce the instructional philosophy of the curriculum and content from the early units, four academic year one-day workshops to focus on the remaining units and emphasize the “three pillars” of the ECS philosophy: computer science content/concepts, inquiry, and equity, and a post-implementation summer institute to deepen teacher engagement with content and pedagogy. Some ECS teachers may become ECS facilitators via further development.

AP CSP

UTeach Institute AP CS Principles (CSP) curriculum and teacher professional development uses a project-based approach designed to engage young women and students from historically underrepresented groups. AP CSP is structured around seven “big ideas” (creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the Internet, and global impact) and six “computational thinking practices” (connecting computing, creating computational artifacts, abstracting, analyzing problems and artifacts, communicating, and collaborating). The UTeach AP CSP professional development model consists of a one-week pre-implementation summer institute and academic year support. Some of the academic year support will be provided by the Clemson RPP team. Teachers who participate in the PD in a given year may pursue further professional development in a subsequent year to become a facilitator.

OUR TEAM

Meet our faculty members and
research practice partners.

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Megan Che

Clemson University
Mathematics Education

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Eileen Kraemer

Clemson University
School of Computing

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Murali Sitaraman

Clemson University
School of Computing

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Anna Baldwin

Anderson District Five
South Carolina

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Brian Richard

Pickens County School District
South Carolina

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Tom Peters

Clemson University
SC Coalition for Mathematics & Science

Students


Aubrey Lawson

Ph.D. Student
School of Computing
Clemson University

Olivia
M. Nche

Ph.D. Student
School of Computing
Clemson University

Cazembe Kennedy

Ph.D. Student
School of Computing
Clemson University

Rhoda Latimer

Ph.D. Student
College of Education
Clemson University

Megan Fowler

Ph.D. Student
School of Computing
Clemson University

Raquel
Boulware

Student
School of Engineering
Claflin University

Donald Davis

Student
School of Engineering
Claflin University

Juan
Ramos

Student
School of Computing
Clemson University

        

  

  

  

TEACHERS

2017/2018 Participating Schools

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ECS

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AP CSP

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Summer 2018 Professional Development Workshops:

During the summer of 2018 Clemson hosted two teacher professional development workshops with funding from a 3-year, one million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. The workshops focused on preparing and supporting teachers to teach culturally responsive and rigorous CS Courses in SC high schools. One workshop focused on the Exploring Computer Science curriculum and the other focused on AP Computer Science Principles. Both courses are suitable for introductory courses at the high school level. In addition, one teacher from each workshop was supported by a gift from Boeing.

The project is led by Professors Megan Che (College of Education) and Eileen Kraemer and Murali Sitaraman (School of Computing), in collaboration with Anna Baldwin (Anderson 5 School District) , Brian Richard (Pickens County School District), and Tom Peters (SC Coalition for Mathematics and Science). Graduate student members of the team include Rhoda Latimer, Aubrey Lawson, and Olivia Nche-Eyabi and Clemson undergraduate Juan Ramos.

 

ECS:

During the week of June 18th – 22nd, the Clemson team hosted Dale Reed and Floresa Vaughn who are Exploring Computer Science instructors from University of Illinois, Chicago and McClymonds High School, Oakland, CA. respectively

Teachers from school districts across South Carolina participated and will be teaching the Exploring Computer Science course in their home districts during the coming academic year.

Also in attendance were student and faculty collaborators from Claflin University (Raquel Boulware, Donald Davis and Prof. Cheryl Swanier) and Educational Specialists from S2TEM Center SC (Kerry Branch and Margaret Lorimer).

The workshops will continue with four Saturday workshops during the school year and a second week of professional development during the summer of 2019.

ECS Teachers
 
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Jeanne M Craig

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Jeremi Madden

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Ashley Hanks

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Latonia Fulton

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Linda Kelly

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Cynthia McKee

   

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Blanch Johnson

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Lakeva Winchester

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Samantha Colman

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Kerry Branch

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Margaret Lorimer

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Carla Ferrette-Clark

  

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Dan McKean

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Juanita Eleazer Bouges

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Amy Marchant

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Tarsha Smith

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Horace Bookman

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Floresa Vaughn

AP CSP:

During the week of July 23rd – 27th the Clemson team hosted UTeach AP Computer Science Principles instructor Brian Ford.

Teachers from school districts across South Carolina participated and will be teaching the AP Computer Science Principles course in their home districts during the coming academic year.

The workshops will continue with four Saturday workshops during the school year and a second week of professional development during the summer of 2019.

AP CSP Teachers
 
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Teresea Meyers

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Susan Allen

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Sean Hoffman

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Sarah Tooley

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Rae Ellen Greenberg

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Patricia Shealey

   

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Natasha Williams

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Molly Piner

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Michaeline Andrews

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Brian Ford

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Gregg Thomas

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Esther Abney

  

  

  

  

        

  

  

  

Applicants


Teacher Professional Development Opportunities:
Summer 2019

Through funding from the National Science Foundation (Grant #1738760), the Culturally Responsive * Computer Science (CRoCS) project at Clemson University and collaborating partners will offer professional development opportunities for South Carolina teachers during the summer of 2019.

We seek a diverse cohort of enthusiastic teachers from a variety of educational backgrounds to participate in professional development workshops for the courses listed below. Teachers should be scheduled to teach the course during the 2019-2020 school year. Preference will be given to those who are teaching the course for the first time. Please share this 2019 Program Flyer with others who may be interested.

Applications and Recomendations

  • Interested teachers should complete this application.
  • Each teacher should have their principal or administrator complete this recommendation stating that the teacher is or will be scheduled to teach the associated course in the upcoming academic year.
  • For full consideration, please apply by November 30th, 2018. We plan to notify first-round applicants by mid- December. We will continue to fill from a waitlist as openings arise.

Exploring Computer Science (ECS) / Fundamentals of Computing

  • Recruiting 20 South Carolina teachers
  • Participation includes:
    • One week in summer 2019 (week of June 17th – 21st)
    • 4 Saturday workshops during the academic year (dates TBD)
    • One week in summer 2020 (date TBD)
    • Academic year support

You can read more about ECS in the ECS section.

AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP)

  • Recruiting 10 South Carolina teachers
  • Participation includes:
    • One week in summer 2019 (week of July 22nd – 26th)
    • Academic year support

You can read more about AP CSP in the AP CSP section.

The summer workshops will be held on the Clemson University campus. Stipends will be provided and lodging and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

For questions about this professional development opportunity, contact Olivia Nche.

Summer 2018 Workshops:

In the summer of 2018, we ran an ECS professional development workshop and and AP CSP workshop. Read more about them in the Teachers section.

Collaborating partners:

  • Clemson University School of Computing
  • Clemson University College of Educatio
  • Anderson School District Five
  • Pickens County Schools
  • South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics and Science (SCCMS)
  • Exploring Computer Science
  • The UTeach Institute