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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

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

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

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

Broadening Participation and Success in AP CS A

This paper examines the student- and teacher-level factors that affect student outcomes on the AP CS-A exam. In particular, it highlights the benefit of taking ECS as a foundation for success in AP CS-A.
Dec 2020

Research Methods for Reaching Urban Students from Groups Underrepresented in STEM Disciplines

This book chapter charts lessons learned from the CAFÉCS partnership and recommends strategies for conducting research in urban settings.
Sep 2019