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  1. Anita Crowder
  2. https://www.codevirginia.org/our-team/
  3. Research and Evaluation Manager
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  5. CodeVA
  1. Debra Bernstein
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  3. Senior Researcher
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  5. TERC
  1. Jennie Chiu
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  3. Associate Professor of Education
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  5. University of Virginia
  1. Dwyane Cormier
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  3. Assistant Professor
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Virginia Commonwealth University
  1. Michelle Gay
  2. 3rd Grade Team Lead
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  4. Chesterfield County Public Schools
  1. Sheila Mosby
  2. Instructional Coach
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  4. Petersburg Public Schools
  1. Betsy Seymour
  2. Project Lead
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Computer Science For and By Teachers: An Integrative Toolkit for 3rd-5th Grad...

NSF Awards: 2031258

2021 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

CS For and By Teachers: An Integrative Approach for 3rd-5th Grade Classrooms focuses on two central challenges in K-5 computer science education: (1) teacher capacity to access and implement integrated Computer Science curricula materials and (2) equity in STEM learning opportunities for diverse student populations. 

This project engages a 13 member research-practitioner partnership (RPP) of K-5 educators and university and nonprofit researchers. The RPP will develop and test a training model to support elementary teachers in creating and continually adapting their own culturally relevant lesson plans that integrate computer science and computational thinking skills across core subjects. Teachers will leave with the skills to examine and utilize the cultural assets within their classroom while integrating CS-content into math, social studies, science, and English language arts.

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Discussion from the 2021 STEM For All Video Showcase (34 posts)
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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 10, 2021 | 04:20 p.m.

    Thank you for watching the Computer Science For And By Teachers: An Integrative Toolkit for 3rd-5th Grade Classrooms (CSFAB-Teachers)!  We are at the beginning stages of this Researcher-Practitioner Partnership (RPP) project. The CSFAB team is composed of researchers and elementary educators committed to engaging all elementary students in computer science in personal and meaningful ways.  We are very excited to explore and create innovative approaches to culturally relevant computer science education that we can build together.  We look forward to hearing your questions and ideas!

     
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    Dionne Champion

    Facilitator
    Research Assistant Professor
    May 11, 2021 | 01:47 p.m.

    Thank you sharing your work. I am currently involved in a few different projects that are developing innovative approaches to culturally sustaining STEM and computing in informal learning spaces. I'm interested in hearing more about how you are thinking about the relationship(s) between computation and cultural sustaining pedagogies. What do you see as the opportunities for making connections to culture?

     
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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 11, 2021 | 05:49 p.m.

    Thank you for your comment.  I love that you are working in informal learning spaces where there is so much freedom to experiment and help young people create their own meaningful personal connections to STEM and computing.  One of the most important aspects of this project is to help teachers build their own cultural competence so that they have the awareness, agency, and reflective tools to recognize those connection opportunities with students in their own classrooms and effectively act upon those opportunities.  The project is also focused on integrating computer science into other content areas in elementary school in a way that makes CS both ubiquitous and specific in various contexts.  The hope is that by the time students reach middle and high school, taking a computer science class seems a natural extension to their learning pathway.  I don't know if that in any way answered your question, but I am hoping that some of my colleagues will respond.  Thanks again!

     
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    Romelia Rodriguez

    Graduate Student
    May 11, 2021 | 08:52 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your work. It is interesting how well STEM can be related to culturally relevant pedagogy. It would be great to see how do you evaluate your project to learn more about it. 

     
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    Debra Bernstein

    Co-Presenter
    Senior Researcher
    May 12, 2021 | 11:35 a.m.

    Hi Romelia, I'm one of the project's external evaluators.  Thanks for your interest in the project!  As Dwayne and Betsy describe below, the project is using a number of tools to assess educator's competence with culturally relevant pedagogy.   We will also be examining the types of supports teachers need to take up this approach in their teaching.

     
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    Remy Dou

    Facilitator
    Assistant Professor
    May 11, 2021 | 09:42 p.m.

    Comment: I love the line, "students' job is to show up..." It's so indicative of an approach that values the personal needs and interests of students by setting the onus to nurture engagement on those in authority around them. The project's aims to empower educators with the tools and perspectives they need to nurture that engagement resonate with what I believe can contribute to increased equity in science education.

    Question: I see that your project has only recently started. Have you (or how have you) fostered partnerships with the specific teacher-collaborators who will partner with you? How might other groups with similar aims approach creating new partnerships?

     
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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 12, 2021 | 07:34 a.m.

    Thank you so much for the comment.  Two of the co-PI's on this project are teachers in the schools where the research will begin, and they were partners in writing the proposal.  I hope that they have time to participate in this discussion, but they are the spine of the project and for expanding the reach of the project to their colleagues who will serve as the RPP.  As you mentioned, we are at the beginning of the project, so we are in the midst of designing activities that will help build a foundation for the RPP as we move forward, particularly around cultural competence because that is one of the major goals of this project.  Our advisory board has also been very helpful on this topic.  We definitely plan to share our experiences and learn from other projects.  Thank you again! 

     
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    Sabrina De Los Santos

    Facilitator
    Research and Development Associate
    May 11, 2021 | 11:39 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing this exciting new project! I like the emphasis on culturally-relevant computer science education for all and appreciate the comment on making culturally-relevant teaching something that is second nature. I am wondering, have you developed strategies or tools to assess the level of culturally-relevant pedagogy once you begin implementing the project?

     
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    Dwyane Cormier

    Co-Presenter
    Assistant Professor
    May 11, 2021 | 11:58 p.m.

    Thank you, and yes there are instruments developed to assess educators competence. See the following: https://doi.org/10.3102%2F0013189X20936670. 

     
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    Betsy Seymour

    Co-Presenter
    Project Lead
    May 12, 2021 | 09:28 a.m.

    If the above link doesn't load, the instrument we'll be using is also outlined in Dr. Cormier's June 2020 Educational Researcher article "Assessing Preservice Teachers’ Cultural Competence With the Cultural Proficiency Continuum Q-Sort."

    We will be using an adapted version of his tool for this project. Our version is hosted online and supports educators (and the RPP) in systematically examining their own cultural competence concerning students who are minoritized, marginalized, and otherized within PreK–12 schools.

     
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    Katherine Mortimer

    Researcher
    May 12, 2021 | 10:07 p.m.

    Really exciting work! I especially appreciate the idea that the toolkit will be a living, breathing collection of resources and that teachers will be supported in continuing adaptation of their lesson plans -- reflecting a sense of culture as living and breathing. Really looking forward to learning from your work!

     
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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 12, 2021 | 10:20 p.m.

    Thank you!  We are very excited to be part of this showcase and learning from all of the amazing work everyone has been doing!

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    Toby Baker

    Researcher
    May 13, 2021 | 10:38 a.m.

    Thank you for including cultural diversity in STEM learning. I think some learners have a perspective that STEM learning does not apply to them, yet computing and computer science is a necessary skill for all learners! I teach in East LA with Latinx learners who need to recognize their own abilities and change the trajectory of what it means to be a computer scientist. 

     
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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 13, 2021 | 10:50 a.m.

    Thank you for your comment.  I agree that helping all students discover and develop a computer science or STEM identity is crucial to broadening participation.  Hopefully building teachers' cultural competence and confidence in making culturally relevant curricular choices for their students can be one of the first steps.

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    Rose Kendrick

    Program Manager
    May 13, 2021 | 01:59 p.m.

     Thank you for sharing this work!  I look forward to getting more information about the instrument used to assess educator cultural competence.  As you started this work, were there particular articles or books you found to be effective in helping teachers understand the importance of increasing teacher cultural competence to improve student learning?

     
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    Betsy Seymour

    Co-Presenter
    Project Lead
    May 13, 2021 | 06:14 p.m.

    Great question, Rose. My colleagues can jump in with more specificity, but I am going to provide a list of works that were utilized in the development of our proposal and that are being referenced as we finalize this summer's professional development: 

    • Culturally Responsive Teaching (Geneva Gay, 2018)
    • Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders (Lindsey et al., 2018)
    • Courageous Conversations About Race (Singleton, 2014)
    • Culturally Proficient Instruction: A Guide for People Who Teach (Robins et al., 2006)
    • Start Where You Are, But Don't Stay There (Milner, 2017)

    I know I'm absolutely missing some references, and if there are other books or articles you enjoy or find to be effective, I'd love to hear them!  

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    Rose Kendrick

    Program Manager
    May 18, 2021 | 04:45 p.m.

    Thanks so much for sharing these resources!!

     
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    Mary Stapleton

    Informal Educator
    May 13, 2021 | 02:11 p.m.

    I enjoyed learning about your program.  I really liked your focus on developing "living, breathing" tools that teachers will develop and modify based on their needs.  When working on developing CRT skills, I wonder if you have found that many teachers want to teach in a culturally relevant way, but many fear doing or saying the 'wrong' thing?  If so, how do you encourage them to not let this fear prevent them from going forward?

     
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    Dwyane Cormier

    Co-Presenter
    Assistant Professor
    May 14, 2021 | 12:01 p.m.

    Mary, great question. Our aim in addressing the question you asked above is to facilitate understanding in that CRT is more about understanding and mastering self ( level of cultural competence and critical consciousness) rather than students' unique differences informed by their racial, ethnic, and cultural identities. Essentially, through our PLC, we intend to help educators unlearn bias and mindset, which are a product of our socialization in the United States. A fundamental tenet within our PLC is informed by Lindsey et al. (2009), in which they offered, culturally competent educators "may not know all there is about others who are different from them, but they know how to take advantage of teachable moments, how to ask questions without offending, and how to create an environment that is welcoming to diversity and to personal and organizational change" (p. 111). Subsequently, we hope these ideas and understandings are internalized and become part of our educators' personal and professional disposition. 

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    Valerie Fitton-Kane

    Vice President, Development, Partnerships, & Strategy
    May 13, 2021 | 05:56 p.m.

    This sounds like a great approach to teaching, in general, and to teaching CS, specifically. I look forward to seeing what you produce, as I think it's valuable to so many other projects. We need more frameworks and toolkits for teaching in a culturally relevant way.

     
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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 13, 2021 | 06:35 p.m.

    Thank you so much for your comment.  We are hoping that the materials that come out of this project will be useful to all teachers.

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    Donna Stokes

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 14, 2021 | 09:48 a.m.

    This work is important for two reasons; CRP is needed to make sure all learners are engaged and focusing on CS is needed because the number of URMs and women pursuing CS degree is very low. 

     
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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 14, 2021 | 12:58 p.m.

    Hello!  Hopefully reaching children early will result in more minoritized students developing a computer science identity.  Thank you for your comment.

  • May 14, 2021 | 11:17 a.m.

    Anita and team;  Excellent video.  Question - how has the the engagement of teachers changed, if it has, your understanding of the practical aspects of CRP?  Any surprises? 

     
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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 14, 2021 | 12:59 p.m.

    Thank you for the post.  We have just started this project, but we are looking forward to being able to answer those very questions!

  • May 16, 2021 | 08:23 a.m.

    Wonderful project! I really like how you are centering your work around a research-practitioner partnership.

     
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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 16, 2021 | 09:48 p.m.

    Thank you, Michael!  We are so very excited to be able to work with everyone on this project!

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    Jonee Wilson

    Assistant Professor
    May 16, 2021 | 11:19 p.m.

    Culturally relevant computer science lessons and opportunities for elementary students?!?! Such important work (thank you :)

    I noticed that among the teacher skills, you have included the following: respond to cultural differences and be prepared to effective adapt and interact in cultural environments. What are some very concrete ways that you all have seen teachers implement these skills? One of the reasons that I ask is because my team is working to outline and define specific practices that we observe teachers implementing in K-12 math classrooms that support students who are typically underserved and pushed to the margins (beyond providing specific tasks that attend to cultural differences). It sounds like we could learn from you! 

     
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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 17, 2021 | 08:43 a.m.

    Hello! I believe that good teachers are already implementing culturally responsive and relevant practices, but have not explicitly called it out.  Often, marginalized students feel excluded by not being *included.*  One of our co-PI's gave an example of a student from an immigrant family who rarely interacted with their classmates or participated in discussions.  The teacher was cognizant of what was happening, so when the class was discussing the history and places in that student's home country, the student felt empowered to take the lead in the content and share their personal experiences *at* those places with their classmates.  This not only led to closer bonds between that student and their peers, it also allowed for a deeper learning experience for the entire class.  The material was taken out of the flatness of a textbook and made real by personal perspective and experience.  This project hopes to raise teachers' cultural competence and awareness so that they will continue to seize such opportunities, no matter the content area.  I hope that helps answer your question.  Thank you so much for the comment!

     
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    Jonee Wilson

    Assistant Professor
    May 17, 2021 | 10:56 p.m.

    Yes, very helpful! Thank you :)

     
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    Jacqueline Ekeoba

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 17, 2021 | 02:22 p.m.

    Thank you for doing a necessary work, especially in STEM learning. Integrating CS in all aspects of STEM is imperative in preparing the next generation of scientifically literate decision makers as well. Great project.

    I also wanted to invite you to check out my team's project on making STEM learning responsive to the needs of our communities: https://videohall.com/p/2031

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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 17, 2021 | 03:59 p.m.

    Thank you for your comment!  I look forward to learning more about your project!

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    Monica Cardella

    Funder
    May 18, 2021 | 04:41 p.m.

    Thank you for your work on this project and thank you for the work that you did to create this video. Thank you for sharing how you are thinking about your project, how you thinking about cultural relevant teaching practices for CS for 3rd-5th grade, and how you are thinking about students and educators. I also enjoyed the way you brought in the voices of the different members of your team. 

     
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    Anita Crowder

    Lead Presenter
    Research and Evaluation Manager
    May 18, 2021 | 05:44 p.m.

    Thank you so much for watching the video.  We are very excited to work on this project.

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