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Translating Research into Practice

Join us for an evening with three experienced CS education researchers: Jeanne Century (University of Chicago), Colleen Lewis (Harvey Mudd College), and Melissa Rasberry (American Institutes for Research). Each will speak about how to leverage the findings and insights of their CS education research for student learning.  

> Jeanne Century, Director, Outlier Research & Evaluation, CEMSE| University of Chicago

Outlier Research & Evaluation is a group at the University of Chicago that focuses on preK-12+ STEM education. In collaboration with the Wolcott School (an independent college preparatory high school in Chicago for students with learning differences), Outlier received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to work on the challenge of broadening participation of students with learning differences (learning disabilities and attention disorders) in CS. Over the next two years, the Wolcott/Outlier team (including special education specialists, CS teachers, students, curriculum developers, and education researchers) is working to identify challenges specific to learning differences in two AP Computer Science Principles curricula (Beauty and Joy of Computing and Code.org’s CS Principles), make adjustments to the lessons, and test them out.  Jeanne will talk about the challenges of the partnership and how the project could never be successful with out it. She will also share some examples of the lesson adjustments currently undergoing testing in the school.

> Colleen Lewis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College

Colleen Lewis curates CSTeachingTips.org, which seeks to document effective practices for teaching computer science (CS). CSTeachingTips.org includes 1,200 tips about ways of making CS accessible and what causes student confusion. The tips are generated from reviewing education and CS education research and interviewing over 150 CS teachers. Colleen will highlight tips specific to creating inclusive CS classrooms. 

> Melissa Rasberry, Senior Education Consultant, American Institutes for Research

The CS10K Community offers computer science teachers the opportunity to connect and collaborate across states and time zones to strength their professional learning. Through webinars, Twitter chats, asynchronous discussions, and curated content, community members gain access to research-based instructional strategies and best practices shared by colleagues. Melissa Rasberry, principal investigator for the CS10K Community, will share her team’s approach to support computer science teachers through a multi-layered approach for engagement, including examples of past and future learning opportunities. 

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