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CS4All Springfield: An integrated CS/CT K-5 curricula

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. Springfield Public Schools (SPS) serves 89.8% students of color; 76.7% economically disadvantaged students; 17.3% English Learners; and 23.5% students with disabilities. Our goals are to: 

  • Pilot equity-based CS/CT lessons relying on dyads of teachers working as design teams in grade-level PLCs in two grades each year.
  • Leverage design team teachers to serve as CS/CT instructional coaches and support their colleagues in a diffusion of curricula across all Springfield elementary schools, supported by tightly-coupled research and evaluation.
  • By the end of four years, all 600+ SPS K-5 teachers enact design-based, integrated CS/CT lessons in their classrooms. 

During years one and two of four: 

  • Integrated CS/CT lessons werer piloted and refined for 16 K and 3rd grade classrooms and lessons are under development in 16 1st and 4th grade classrooms. 
  • More than fifty K and 3rd teachers received professional development on delivering CS lessons with a strong focus on issues of equity and began to deliver the curricula in 28 schools. 
  • Researchers and practitioners collaborated in design and delivery of  the curricula and researchers are providing evidence of teacher and student learning of CS/CT, increased collaboration and leadership skills among the PLCs, and characteristics of schools, communities, and teacher/school incentives and disincentives for wide-scale implementation of CS/CT lessons.

NSF Awards: 1837086

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May 2020
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