Theme of the month

Theme of the Month

Join us each month as we focus on a topic of interest to STEM Teacher Leaders with a webinar panel, open discussion, resources and blog post. 

June 2020

Integrating Computer Science and Computational Thinking in the Pre K-8 Grades

Melissa Rasberr
Alan Peterfreund

This month's theme, moderated by Melissa Rasberry & Alan Peterfreund, will explore 4 intersecting topics: 1) the case for CS/CT in K-8 as a means of building a foundation of knowledge & broadening participation in CS education; 2) how students are being equitably engaged & what are they learning; 3) how teachers are being prepared & supported; & 4) the role of state & national policies in promoting CS/CT education in the elementary & middle schools. Be sure to watch the webinar recording, read the intro blog, join the online discussion, & browse related resources.

Bobby OommenNancy McGowan
Anne Leftwich

Webinar Panel: Integrating Computer Science and Computational Thinking in the Pre K-8 Grades

Recorded June 10, 2020 at 3:00PM EDT
Facilitators: Melissa Rasberry and Alan Peterfreund
Panelists: Bobby Oommen, Nancy McGowan, and Anne Leftwich



Intro Blog

Melissa Rasberry
Melissa Rasberry kicks off this month's theme, "Integrating Computer Science and Computational Thinking in the Pre K-8 Grades," with a blog post that traces the CS education movement in this country and addresses the key issues of integrating CS and CT in grades PreK-8. She invites you to take an active part in the upcoming webinar and the discussion.

Webinar Panel


In this facilitated discussion starting June 10th, we will discuss the challenge and importance of Integrating Computer Science and Computational Thinking in the Pre K-8 Grades. We invite your participation!

Synthesis Brief

Brian Drayton
In this blog post, Brian Drayton provides a synthesis of this month's theme "Integrating CS (computer science) and CT (Computational Thinking) in the Pre K-8 Grades," that highlights the challenges and suggested recommendations discussed by those who participated in this month's discussion and webinar panel.

Theme Videos

The Learning Trajectories for Everyday Computing (LTEC) team has worked to iteratively develop and test integrated fractions + computational thinking lessons and assessments for grades 3 and 4.
The Constellations Computing Equity Project is comprehensive and research-based. It includes on-going workshops, classroom-based coaching, and virtual support. The professional development (PD) is content-focused, emphasizing collaboration to build community with teachers, integrating active learning in the classroom, offering opportunities for feedback and reflection, and is sustainable over multiple years.
This NSF-funded project aims to identify CT concepts and skills that align with the abilities and interests of preschool children and support the school readiness goals established by early learning programs and policies.
This video shares the vision and goals of TunePad along with experiences of undergraduate computer science students and middle school youth in a summer camp on creative musical expression.
This project aims to understand how preschool children can apply computational thinking, or CT, while developing their narrative skills, and how early childhood educators can integrate CT into their literacy activities.
The Coding Science Internships project aims to create and research simulated internship curriculum units that confront barriers to broader participation in computer science and position coding as a tool for doing science.
Our work is informed by a STEM ecosystem model which acknowledges that effective CS/CT learning is the product of the entire connected academic enterprise, including school leadership, teacher and student resources, available learning opportunities, along with prior experiences, encouragement, and training.
CS4All Springfield is focused on developing integrated computer science and computational thinking curricula for Kindergarten through 5th grade that will be implemented across K-5 classrooms in 32 elementary schools serving 12,000 students.
In this video, we provide an overview of, a site designed to provide resources to those in engaged in primary and secondary computer science (CS) education research.
This is an update on the third year of progress of the SF CALL project. Our mission is to nurture equitable K-20 computer science career pathways within public education systems.
Two NSF-funded Broadening Participation in Computing Alliances, Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), created the State Summit Toolkit to help leadership teams coordinate computer science education policy reform and advocacy efforts.