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  1. Mark Johnson
  2. Postdoctoral Researcher
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. The Learning Partnership
  1. Faythe Brannon
  2. Curriculum & Instruction Specialist
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  4. Chicago Public Schools
  1. Lucia Dettori
  2. Executive Director
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  4. Chicago Public Schools
  1. Ronald Greenberg
  2. Professor
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  4. Loyola University Chicago
  1. Steven McGee
  2. https://thelearningpartnership.academia.edu/StevenMcGee
  3. President
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  5. The Learning Partnership
  1. Andrew Rasmussen
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-rasmussen-a3842210/
  3. CS Project Developer
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Chicago Public Schools, DePaul University
  1. Don Yanek
  2. Special Agent
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  4. Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Alliance For Equity in Computer Science (CAFECS) Teaching Assistant P...

NSF Awards: 1738572

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

The CS4All Teaching Assistant Program is a key strategy for supporting the enactment of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) high school computer science graduation requirement. The Exploring Computer Science (ECS) curriculum and professional development serve as a foundation for the implementation of this recent change in policy. The ECS professional development is designed to prepare teachers to implement the inquiry-based activities and guide them to build a classroom culture that is inclusive of all students. Given the rapid expansion of ECS within the district, a challenge has been finding enough teachers with a background in computer science. The Chicago Alliance for Equity in Computer Science (CAFÉCS) is a researcher-practitioner partnership that formalized in 2017 to support CPS in providing a high-quality computer science course to all students. Through CAFÉCS, the CS4All Teaching Assistant Program supplements the ECS professional development by providing additional classroom support for computer science teachers. Students from DePaul University and Loyola University, mostly computer science majors, learn about ECS and computer science education in CPS before serving as teaching assistants. The teaching assistants support CPS teachers in becoming familiar with computer science concepts, while also enriching CPS students’ experiences in the classroom.

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