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The Design and Impact of Remote Professional Development on Computer Science Instructional Coaching and Teaching in Chicago Public Schools During COVID-19

This report presents outcomes of a professional development series for high school ECS teachers in CPS to develop processes and actions to mitigate the impact of remote instruction on students’ access to high-quality and equitable computer science.
Dec 2022

Exploring ECS Teacher Persistence and Attrition in Chicago Public Schools

The authors analyzed factors that predict teacher persistence in teaching Exploring Computer Science from the 2016 to 2020 school years. The authors found that an important factor was active participation in the ECS professional development program.
Aug 2021

Research-Practice Partnership Strategies to Conduct and Use Research to Inform Practice

This study examines the collaborative processes that CAFÉCS uses to conduct and use research.
Apr 2021

Policy window in a pandemic: How a computer science RPP fostered equity in credit recovery

We applied theories of the policy making process to explain how the COVID-19 pandemic opened a policy window that allowed the use of synchronous online instruction during the implementation of equity-centered, online computer science credit recovery.
Apr 2021

Computer Science Teachers as Change Agents for Broadening Participation: Exploring Perceptions of Equity

In this paper, the authors share findings from a qualitative analysis of computer science teachers’ perspectives about equity within the context of the Exploring Computer Science equity-focused professional development program.
Apr 2021

Using Rasch Analysis for Determining the Cut Score of a Computer Science Placement Exam

In this paper, we present the development and validation of a placement exam for computer science in the Chicago Public Schools.
Apr 2021
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Supporting Teachers for Computer Science Reform

This brief summarizes research indicating that full completion of the ECS professional development program by teachers from any discipline leads to much higher student outcomes, independent of whether a teacher is certified in computer science.
Feb 2021

Coaching Teachers of Exploring Computer Science: A Report on Four Years of Implementation

This report documents the results of the 4-year Accelerate ECS4All NSF grant that supported the development and evaluation of an instructional coaching model for Exploring Computer Science for the Chicago Public Schools.
Jan 2021