Our Vision and Goals

Computing education is bursting onto the K-12 education scene in the United States. On January 30, 2016, President Obama announced that computer science for all initiative. For example, New York City has mandated every school to to provide computing education to all students by 2025; similarly, Chicago is making education in "coding" a requirement. The recently passed federal education legislation notably includes CS in the list of “well-rounded” and critically enriching subjects. States are rapidly developing certification credentials for computing teachers.

With the expansion of computing education in mainstream K-12 schools, the current training mechanisms for teachers quickly will fall short of supporting a sustainable pipeline of teachers. Current methods of preparing teachers often rely on identifying in-service teachers and providing them professional development in a specific program or curricula. If CS is going to become a core subject in K-12, the community needs to engage with current methods of teacher preparation to produce not only CS teachers at scale, but also update the technological preparation of K-8 teachers to include computer science topics and computational thinking.

In order to address these challenges we propose to bring together CS education researchers, leaders from departments of education, teacher education researchers, and computer scientists in a workshop to help answer the above questions and more. The proposed workshops address the issues surrounding the expansion of Computing Education into teacher education programs, specifically as it related to schools of education with the following goals:


  • To emphasize the importance of computing education as a domain-based education research discipline, like physics or mathematics
  • To provide models to Education programs for integrating computing education, and especially, to deal with the unique challenges of computing education
  • To help Education programs deal with credentialing issues with regard to computing education.

Intellectual Merit

The workshops and discussions contribute to a better understanding of the issues facing K-12 computing education by resulting in the following three outcomes:


  • Framework to explain how computing education can fit into pre-service programs
  • Representative Models for integrating computing education into K-8 and secondary school teacher development
  • Research agenda to address the unanswered questions about how computing fits into primary and secondary school milieux

We expect that the discussion of these topic areas will help deans of schools of education as well as directors and faculty in teacher education programs undertake the necessary steps for preparing their students and faculty for computing education in K-12 as well as identify key issues for faculty development within teacher education programs.

Broader Impact

Our discussions draw from both research and practice informing teacher education and programmatic developments. Our invitation list includes workshop participants and organizers who come from research, K-12 education, teacher education, and computing education. In addition to contributing to essential community building in this new disciplinary content area, we intend to reach out to the larger education audience that so far has been largely disconnected from CS education. We will propose to host conference panels at larger national conferences such as AERA and connect with national organizations such as the CSTA and Code.org that have developed visibility and large networks in order to reach out and inform diverse audiences.

Organizers / Authors


Leigh Ann DeLyser

CSforALL
Leigh Ann is a lifelong advocate of computer science education. At CSforALL, Leigh Ann oversees research efforts and advises and implements programs that align with the organization’s strategic goals. Leigh Ann is also a co-founder of the CSforALL Consortium, a national network of CS education content providers, school districts, education associations, and researchers devoted to the mission of CSforALL. Prior to joining CSforALL, Leigh Ann worked for 5 years expanding access to CS education for students in NYC, for 10 years as a HS CS teacher, served on the Board of Directors for CSTA, and earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology, with a focus on CS education. Leigh Ann also co-authored the influential Running on Empty report, highlighting the lack of standards in CS education in the United States.

Joanna Goode

University of Oregon
Joanna Goode is an Associate Professor of Education Studies at the University of Oregon whose scholarship focuses on teacher education and inclusive computer science education. As a former mathematics and computer science high school teacher in an urban high school, she approaches her research with a deep appreciation of how pedagogy, curriculum, and schooling policies converge to influence student learning opportunities. Her NSF-sponsored research examines how large-scale reforms in computer science education can provide innovative opportunities for learning while simultaneously introducing new challenges to equity and inclusion in computing classrooms. Dr. Goode led the development of the equity-focused Exploring Computer Science high school curriculum and professional development program. Joanna Goode has a Ph.D. in Education Division of Urban Schooling from UCLA.

Mark Guzdial

Georgia Institute of Technology
Mark Guzdial is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He studies how people come to understand computing and how to make that more effective. He leads the CSLearning4U project to create ebooks to help high school teachers learn CS. He is one of the leaders on the NSF alliance “Expanding Computing Education Pathways" which helps US states improve and broaden their computing education. He invented *Media Computation* which uses media as a context for learning computing. With his wife and colleague, Barbara Ericson, he received the 2010 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator award. He is an ACM Distinguished Educator and a Fellow of the ACM. Guzdial received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Education at the University of Michigan.

Yasmin Kafai

University of Pennsylvania
Yasmin B. Kafai, a United States citizen who was born in West Germany, set out to explore the field of digital media and learning, much of it virgin territory in the late 80’s. Researchers had not considered the benefits of designing (rather than playing) digital games for learning. With her pioneering research of children’s learning when programming digital games she helped to launch what two decades later would become the field of serious gaming. Her research empowers students to use computer programming to design games, tell interactive stories, and sew electronic textiles with the goal to support creative expression, build social connections, and broaden participation in computing. She helped develop scratch.mit.edu, called the YouTube of interactive media, where millions of kids create and share their programs and more recently, ecrafting.org, an online community, where everyone can share and celebrate their electronic textile and paper designs. Her award-winning work has received generous funding from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Aman Yadav

Michigan State University
Dr. Aman Yadav is an Associate Professor and Director of Masters of Arts in Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. Dr. Yadav’s work focuses on supporting preservice and inservice teachers to develop knowledge on how to teach computer science concepts at the primary and secondary level. His work has been published in a number of leading journals, including The ACM Transactions on Computing Education, Journal of Engineering Education, and Communications of the ACM.

Funders

Funding for the workshop, Finding a Home for Computing Education in Schools of Education, was provided through grant number 1636881 by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, or conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the CSNYC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Travel reimbursed as explained in the acceptance email.