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JEREMY BABENDURE

Scitech institute, Institute for Learning Innovation

AZ HACS

NSF Awards: 2031527

2022 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8

AZ HACS leverages the Arizona STEM Ecosystem hubs and the Rural Activation and Innovation Network collaboration to empower rural educators and leaders through research-practitioner partnerships. These partnerships’ focus on integrating computer science and computational thinking (CS/CT) into rural and tribal K-8 education in rural Arizona. The Consortium Hub, housed at SciTech Institute, and its members, the Arizona Practitioner-Researcher Educational Partnership Office in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University; CS/CT experts; Arizona Department of Education; and BootUp Professional Development (BootUp PD) and Arizona Science Center work to build local capacity by supporting regional partnerships, professional development, and a professional learning community.

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  • Icon for: Clark M Merkley

    Clark M Merkley

    May 10, 2022 | 11:28 a.m.

    I had the opportunity to lead SCRIPT workshops with all of the districts participating in Phase I of this grant. I found that these districts and the participants who are focused on serving rural and native communities were engaged, enthusiastic and willing to bring 21st-century skills and literacies to their elementary students. With ongoing support that includes professional development, curricular resources and community and educational partner participation, they can provide students with amazing opportunities in computer science, computational thinking and coding, that complements and amplifies their current academic offerings.

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Chief Operations Officer
    May 10, 2022 | 06:01 p.m.

    Thank you Clark! It was amazing to have your support with the SCRIPT workshops at each site during Phase I. We really did have an incredible group of participants who were willing to dig into the details and strategize goals for their campuses/districts.

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    David Haury

    Facilitator
    Emeritus Professor
    May 10, 2022 | 11:43 a.m.

    I really appreciate your focus on rural and tribal schools. I am wondering, though, how the partnerships are formed. Is it by region, type of school, free choice, or some other set of criteria? Also, how many schools are generally involved in a given partnership, and do they physically meet, or is the interaction limited to online?  Thanks

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Chief Operations Officer
    May 10, 2022 | 05:59 p.m.

    Excellent question David! We were able to connect with rural and tribal schools through our network of participants in the RAIN - Rural Activation and Innovation Network (NSF: DRL #1612555) https://www.4azrain.org/

    This phase of the grant included schools from different regions of the state and it was more of an opt in ask! Once they agreed to participate, we visited the sites! It was great to be back in person. As a group, we did host meetings via Zoom, but also made it a point to visit the schools for in person trainings and professional development with the staff. The Research Team (R of RPP) was able to meet with each site and support data collection, review and analysis.

    Our goal is to continue the work and have additional opportunities to bring all participants from each school together for a summit regarding the work they accomplished during phase one. We also hope for additional funding to grow the participating schools, research teams and STEM professionals to engage on campus!

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    David Haury

    Facilitator
    Emeritus Professor
    May 11, 2022 | 01:48 p.m.

    Thanks, Kelly. Good to know that you were able to leverage the existing network. Could you say more about your vision for engaging on campus? Do you mean promoting professional growth on campus by fostering interaction with practitioners from the field?

     
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    Kelly Greene

    Chief Operations Officer
    May 13, 2022 | 05:48 p.m.

    Absolutely, David. We were actually in a planning phase, but wanted to pilot the interactions on campus to connect research professionals and educational practitioners to form the RPPs. Personally, it was exciting to be back out on campus to meet with teachers, administrators, parents and students to learn their goals for access to CS/CT. During our initial survey of the educators, staff members and administrators data reflected a wide range of understanding and experience with Computer Science and/or Computational Thinking. We engaged our advisory board members, grant partners and CSforALL to support trainings and professional development to dive deeper while also fostering a variety of engagement on campus. The data was relevant and useful for gaining trust in developing the educators first. So, we started with SCRIPT and it was a huge success for building team buy-in and setting CS/CT goals at each campus.

    Teachers, students, families and the communities were invited to learn more about the goals of increasing access to CS/CT on a daily basis in the classrooms. An additional focus was building awareness and understanding for the state CS/CT standards along with the coaching for unplugged activities. A few campuses made incredible strides and hosted regular meetings for staff on ways to engage, learn more and connect with research partners to drive the progress with students and on the campus!

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    Suzie Dale Hong

    Project Coordinator - JROTC Cyber Academies 2022
    May 10, 2022 | 07:05 p.m.

    Did the lack of access to the internet in rural areas affect any parts of your project? 

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Lead Presenter
    Executive Director - SciTech Institute
    May 11, 2022 | 11:22 a.m.

    So far we have been lucky that broadband has not been an issue yet. The team has also worked to have many of the regional meetings and support in person. This may play a bigger factor should we be supported for a roll-out of the PD plans. 

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    Jessica Parker

    Facilitator
    Senior Director
    May 11, 2022 | 05:50 p.m.

    Thanks so much for sharing your video on supporting computer science education and professional learning in AZ's rural and tribal K-8 schools. I am wondering about the impact of the professional learning with practitioners? Can you share more about your professional learning model? Thanks!

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Lead Presenter
    Executive Director - SciTech Institute
    May 11, 2022 | 09:40 p.m.

    At this point, the focus of the project is more on building a community with educators and researchers. Educators have been exposed to various PD models and are being asked to think about future PD opportunities and what they would choose for future directions. They have gone through a SCRIPT training which we can tell has helped them consider future trajectories for CS in their communities. 

     
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    Nancy Songer

    Facilitator
    Dean
    May 11, 2022 | 09:28 p.m.

    The focus on rural and tribal schools is important. My question is focused on impact. What metrics are you using to measure the impact of the project, both short-term and longer-term impacts?

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Lead Presenter
    Executive Director - SciTech Institute
    May 11, 2022 | 09:38 p.m.

    Great question. Because this is an exploratory project, the key outcome is the formation of the RPPs and the intent to roll out a PD opportunity to the district. Hopefully, if we are able to get a Phase II, investigation of the tangible impacts on the teachers and students will be a priority. 

     

    That being said, we have seen changes in the districts, mostly related to their change in attitudes and intent to integrate CS in their teaching. 

  • May 12, 2022 | 09:36 a.m.

    Excellent way to engage rural communities. All students deserve a level playing field when receiving educational experiences and it's clear you are making that a reality.

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Lead Presenter
    Executive Director - SciTech Institute
    May 12, 2022 | 08:18 p.m.

    Thank you for the kind works on the project Scott! 

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