In order to address critical questions related to the integration of computing education into schools of education, together computer science education researchers, leaders from colleges of education, teacher educators, and computer scientists participated in the Finding a Home for Computing Education in Schools of Education Strategy Workshop to explore options and share current practices.
The April 2017 workshop addressed the issues surrounding the expansion of computing education into teacher education programs, specifically as it related to schools of education with the following goals:
We challenge US Colleges of Education to build on the new knowledge and research in computer science education to integrate this new discipline into their programs. What we propose is a change to the American Education canon. Such enormous change requires innovating in different ways, using different models and strategies, before finding models that work.
This workshop was about developing those strategies. As a start, we built on existing successful efforts in the largest school districts—New York City and Los Angeles—in the US and by bringing in a group of interdisciplinary faculty from schools of education and computer science to workshops.
In this workshop, we aimed to describe a pathway for schools of education to integrate computing education into their teacher education programs. Schools of Education and pre-service teacher education programs already have existing curricular structures and mandates. Any approach to Computing Education needs to integrate within these existing mechanisms — we cannot take a tabula rasa stance. As a result of the proposed workshop, we anticipated defining the teacher education pipeline for making computing education part of every American student's experience:
|8:00-8:30||Registration and breakfast|
|8:30 - 9:00||
Why Computer Science Education in Schools of Education?
Joanna Goode, Associate Professor, Education Studies, University of Oregon
|9:00 - 9:30||Panel: CS Ed Landscape in Schools of Education
|9:30 - 10:00||Panel: What Are the Policy Needs for CS Ed in American Schools?
|10:00 - 10:30||Coffee Break|
|10:30 - 12:00||Group 1: Integrating CS into Math, Science, or Somewhere Else in Education (Lead: David Weintrop)
Group 2: Integrating CS into Teacher Education (Lead: Aman Yadav)
Group 3: Preparing Educational Leaders to Support CS Education (Lead: Joanna Goode)
Group 4: Non-Integrated, Standalone CS Ed in K-12 (Lead: Yasmin Kafai)
|12:00 - 1:00||Lunch|
|1:00 - 1:45||Panel: Examples of CS Education in Teacher Development Programs
|1:45 - 3:15||Group 5: Teacher Development Models for Computing Education (Lead: Leigh Ann DeLyser)
Group 6: Creating the CS Ed PhD Pipeline (Lead: Nathan Holbert)
Group 7: What Do Teachers Need to Know About Computing (Lead: Karen Brennan)
|3:15 - 4:00||Five-Minute Madness: Small Group Report Outs and Discussion|
|4:00 - 4:15||Coffee Break|
|4:15 - 5:30||Reconvene small groups to write group summaries and response to full group discussion.|
|6:30||Dinner (off site)|
|8:00 - 9:00||Breakfast|
|9:00 - 10:30||Group hopping: Visit another group and give feedback on the products.|
|10:30 - 11:00||Coffee Break|
|11:00 - 12:00||Report out from morning session|
|12:00 - 1:30||Wrap Up/Lunch/Depart|