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

January 26, 2021


John Wachen

The Learning Partnership

Steven McGee

The Learning Partnership

Don Yanek

Chicago Public Schools

Valerie Curry

Chicago Public Schools

In this technical report, we examine the implementation of a coaching model for teachers of the Exploring Computer Science course in Chicago Public Schools over a period of four academic years (from 2016-2017 to 2019-2020). We first provide a description of the coaching model and how it evolved over time. Next, we present findings from a descriptive analysis of data collected through logs of coaching interactions and surveys of ECS teacher coaches during the 2019-2020 school year. Coaching logs and survey data were also collected during the 2018-2019 school year and, where appropriate, we compare results across years. We then discuss the products that were produced by the coaching team to support the implementation of the model. Finally, we provide an overview of next steps for the coaching team in the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.

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Report Presentation to CPS Office of Computer Science (February 8, 2021) – 23 minutes

Suggested Citation

Wachen, J, McGee, S., Yanek, D., & Curry, V. (2021). Coaching teachers of Exploring Computer Science: A report on four years of implementation. The Learning Partnership.

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