Teachers will join small design teams with out-of-school educators from the Allegheny County Library Association and Pittsburgh Citiparks to co-create learning experiences that connect formal learning and out-of-school time learning in computer science. Teaching teams will work together to design, document, and test projects, iterating where needed and deepening their understanding of the collective impact of a CS ecosystem. Teaching teams will offer the Computer Science activities to student teams and measure and evaluate results. Researchers will host student focus groups, observe classrooms, and gather student input through pre and post survey data. The information and learnings will be documented in a playbook that can be shared with the local and regional ecosystem.
This project is seeking formal educators in Allegheny County who already have:
- An interest in expanding their Computer Science competencies
- Connections with local formal education partners/school districts
- Solid out-of-school time programming, virtual or in-person, for learners
You will receive:
- Professional Development
- A stipend of $1,600 plus funding to purchase supplies for your classroom
- Support from Out-of-School Time peers in the region
- Promotion via the Remake Learning Blog as well as other media partnerships
Timeline: August 2022- December 2022
If you are interested, please send resume and cover letter to LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Opportunity
This project builds from existing models of CS ecosystems and uses concepts that show promising outcomes for the regional ecosystem in the Pittsburgh region. Through this model, From Incubator to Launch: Co-creating a CS Ecosystem, we establish a unifying framework and process for the way in which we work to advance the learnings of out of school providers, understand relevant in-school networks, and make connections between the two to strengthen and expand a CS ecosystem. The goal is to raise the level of CS education and increase the number of students taking higher level-CS courses, especially among underrepresented youth.