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Resources for Remote Computer Science Instruction

The NYCDOE’s Computer Science Education Team is working hard to support schools with the transition to remote learning. Below, we link resources for educators who have already been trained by CS4All, educators who have not yet taken part in CS4All programs, and families.

This page will be updated on an ongoing basis.

For current CS4All schools

These resources are meant to support schools that have been trained by the Computer Science for All initiative in SY 2019-20 to continue the implementation of computer science education in a remote learning environment.

Schools that are currently or have previously been a part of a CS4All program should bookmark our Support Dashboard to get a continually updated list of all of the resources we are creating to support you in your implementation. You can also find many resources in our Remote Learning Resources folder!

Information on Virtual Office Hours

SEPjr Remote Learning Guides [K-5]

Integrated Units Remote Learning Guides [K-8]

Course Remote Learning Guides [6-12]

General Remote Learning Resources [K-12]

You can also check out CS4All’s Equitable Practices Remote Teaching Guide and Blueprint for CS Education for additional resources and curriculum.

For schools not trained by CS4All

Not a CS4All school? The registration period for SY 2020-21 CS4All programs and support has been extended through June 2020, or until our capacity has been reached. All NYCDOE public and charter schools are invited to register for computer science training with CS4All, regardless of whether or not they have already started teaching computer science. Register Now!

If you are brand new to computer science education, but would like to use this time to try something new, we recommend you look at the grade band-appropriate document in the Remote Learning Resources folder!

K-2 Resources and Curriculum

3-5 Resources and Curriculum

6-8 Resources and Curriculum

9-12 Resources and Curriculum

You can also check out CS4All’s Equitable Practices Remote Teaching Guide and Blueprint for CS Education for additional resources and curriculum.

For families

Families looking for ways to bring computer science to their household, or teachers looking for activities that students can easily do at home, can utilize materials in our Remote Learning Resources folder!

Computer Science Remote Learning Guide for Families (Translated)

CS4All Create, Compute, and Community Day – CS Activity Pack

Teachers: the CS4All team is thinking deeply about how we can support educators during this time. To help us understand your concerns and needs, please take a couple of minutes to complete this form. Your feedback will be essential to the work we do for you during this time.

All of our resources can be found alongside those from other subjects on the NYCDOE Remote Learning Portal.

Men of Color Lunch & Learn: An NFL Alumni, NYC Men Teach & CS4All Event

Research shows that students benefit from being taught by teachers with similar life experiences who help create a positive learning environment and leave a profound impact on students’ grades and self-worth. Male students of color make up 43% of the city’s public school demographic, while only 8.3% of the entire teacher workforce is made up of Black, Latino and Asian men. Let’s change that statistic. NYC Men Teach, in collaboration with CS4All, presents the Men of Color Lunch & Learn to bring together male teachers and students of color for a day of computer science activities. Participants will hear from speakers focused on building community, introducing “Hidden Figures” in tech and increasing Black and Latinx representation in CS.

  • Date:  February 29, 2020
  • Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm (Doors open at 8:45 am)
  • Location: Microsoft, 11 Times Square, NY NY 10036

The Men of Color Lunch and Learn will feature a number of special guests, including Google’s Jason Thigpen, the Men of the NFL Alumni association, and the Magic Cool Bus’s Justin Shaifer. We encourage you to bring a fellow male teacher or students you mentor.

CTLE credits will be provided. (Register at bit.ly/CSMenofColor)

Call for Proposals! CS4All Teachers Conference

All educators in NYC are invited to submit a proposal to host a workshop or participate in a multi-media showcase at this year’s Teachers Conference!

For more information on the proposal process see the CS Teachers Conference Proposal Guide.

Learn more about the CS4All Teachers Conference below. All questions can be directed to csteacherscon [at] strongschools [dot] nyc.


What is the CS Teachers Conference?

  • The CS Teachers Conference is a full-day conference for K-12 NYC teachers that will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020; 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at CUNY School of Law. The conference will feature a keynote, breakout sessions led by NYC CS teachers and partners, a fair-style school showcase, networking opportunities, and other engaging activities!
  • We want to create a community and unite CS teachers across NYC, regardless of what you teach, where you teach, or how long you’ve taught.
  • We hope that attendees gain tools and resources that they can use in their classroom and leave feeling inspired, motivated and connected to other CS teachers.

What are the goals of the CS Teachers Conference?

  • To provide new and existing CS teachers with an opportunity to learn directly from other CS teachers.
  • To provide CS teachers with a platform to present and share their work with their colleagues.
  • To support the development of a broad, cross-program/curricular CS teacher community in NYC.
  • To provide new and existing CS teachers across NYC with an opportunity to network and hear about what CS looks like in other schools.

Register for CS4All Programs in 2020-21

Interested in bringing computer science (CS) education to your students? Want to empower your students to change the world? Would you like to build capacity to teach CS at your school? Planning on offering a more robust CS sequence? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on to see how NYCDOE’s CS Education Team can help guide you to realize your vision for CS! All NYC public and charter schools are invited to register for computer science training with CS4All, regardless of whether or not they have already started teaching computer science.

What is CS Education?

Computer science (CS) is the study of the capabilities and limitations of computers to help humans solve problems creatively. Computational literacy is the ability to understand how CS can be applied in all walks of life. CS provides students with the opportunity to learn computational thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking—skills that are relevant to and support many other subjects. Computer science is a creative outlet and can empower your students to change the world. Rather than being passive users of a computer, students learn to create with a computer.

You can read more about how CS4All defines CS education here: https://blueprint.cs4all.nyc/what-is-cs/

What is CS4All?

Computer Science for All (CS4All) was initiated in NYC in 2015 out of the desire to level the playing field and provide computer science education to ALL students, regardless of background or economic status. CS4All’s goal is to ensure all NYC public schools students learn computer science, with an emphasis on female, Black, and Latinx students. To date, CS4All has trained over 1,900 teachers at over 800 schools. During the 2018-19 school year over 160,000 students learned computer science. The NYCDOE’s CS Education Team’s goals are to bring CS to all students and align to New York State’s efforts to prioritize CS education across the state, which is done through providing CS curriculum and professional development.

You can read more about CS4All and the CS Education Team’s mission here: http://cs4all.nyc/about/

What Does CS4All Offer?

CS4All provides teachers and school leaders with professional development opportunities so they can implement CS as a multi-year sequence, a semester-long course (for middle and high schools), or as a unit integrated into other subjects (for elementary and middle schools).

Is your school new to CS4All?

If your school…

  • has not completed a one/multi-year CS4All program
  • does not have any teachers who have completed a five-day CS4All PD program
  • has teachers who may have only attended a one or two day CS4All PD. (ex. Scratch, CS Ed Week)
…then you are a new school.

Schools in our programs receive one year of support including paid, CTLE-eligible PD, coaching, curriculum, and all materials needed to teach computer science (excluding computers). All CS4All curriculum is aligned with NYCDOE’s Blueprint for CS Education and provides students with opportunities to explore CS concepts and practices, and develop their computational perspectives through hands-on, creative activities.

Click here for more information: Overview for CS4All New Schools

Is your school returning to CS4All?

If your school…

  • is currently participating in or has completed a one/multi-year CS4All program
  • has a teacher(s) that is currently participating in or have completed a five-day CS4All PD program
…then you are a returning school.

After completing a year in our program and attending all professional development, returning schools are given the opportunity to continue their work with us through additional training, such as:

  • Growing your school’s CS Team
  • Preparing one of your teachers to become a CS Lead
  • Additional support for administrators who wish to improve their school CS Vision

Click here for more information: Overview for CS4All Returning Schools


How Can My School Register for CS4All Programmatic Support?

Timeline

  • Registration is still open, and submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Matches will be communicated through summer 2020
Register for CS4All Programs in 2020-21

The registration form should be completed by a school administrator (principal or assistant principal) in collaboration with an individual teacher or teacher team. Please complete one form per school. Before submitting a registration form, all associated teachers and administrators should be notified of their potential commitments to the CS4All program (see program overviews above).

When registration closes, the CS Education Team will match schools to the CS4All program offering that would best support each school’s current CS offerings, teachers’ background and experience, mission statement, and vision for the long-term integration of CS education.

Placement in a CS4All unit, course, or program is contingent upon capacity and not guaranteed. Any school that is not matched with a program for the 2020-21 school year will be placed on a waitlist.

Have Questions? Contact us at programs[at]strongschools[dot]nyc.

CS4All Family and Community Events

Computer Science for All is hosting our second annual Family and Community Engagement Events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The events are designed to help students and families learn computer science in fun and engaging ways. All NYC public school families are welcome to attend. Read below to learn more about the events in your borough.

BRONX

June 1; 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Blvd. Bronx, NY 10458

This event will be a celebration of the work that our schools have been doing and will provide an opportunity for families to learn computer science.  

Why should you attend?

This event allows Bronx families to learn about the programs offered by the CS4All, gain insight about the CS4All initiative from teachers and students, and view completed student projects.

Who is it for?

Students in grades K-12 along with their parents and guardians. Please join us for a fun-filled day of coding and add your bit!

What to bring?

Students/teachers from schools participating in the showcase should bring working laptops.





BROOKLYN

June 1; 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

PS 268 Emma Lazarus
133 E 53rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11203

This event will be a celebration of the work that our schools have been doing and will provide an opportunity for families to learn computer science.

The Brooklyn Hackathon & Exploratorium event is a fun way for K-12 Brooklyn students and families to learn about the world of computer science. K-5 students will engage in various CS activities and 6-12 students will participate in an all-day hackathon.

Why should you attend?

Want to learn how you can code a message on a bracelet, control a robot, and find fun ways to solve problems using computer science? If you answered yes, join us at the Brooklyn Hackathon & Exploratorium and become a CS superhero! Begin your journey into the world of computer science. NO CS experience is necessary to attend.

Who is it for?

K-12 students + K-5 parents/guardians

What to bring?

Grades 6-12 students can bring a laptop (optional), one will be provided to each team (if needed). K-5 students need to bring a parent/guardian.

Download our flyer!





QUEENS

(SOLD OUT)

June 1; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Queens High School for Information, Research & Technology

8-21 Bay 25th Street

Far Rockaway, NY 11691

This event is designed for students, families, and community members to come together and learn about computer science, to see how fun it can be, and how to use it to help their neighborhoods!

Why you should attend?

This event will be a great way to demystify CS and engage students and their families in fun CS challenges and activities! Elementary school students will explore the wonders of CS in our Expo Hall, and middle and high school students will try their hands at using CS to solve an issue in their community!

Who is it for?

This event is designed for all families and ages! Students in elementary or middle school must register and attend with an adult. No previous CS knowledge is necessary!

What to bring? / What will you get?Middle and high school participants can bring their own laptop if they’d like, but the only requirement is to bring yourself! In addition to a rich learning experience, participants will be fed lunch! There could also be other secret rewards!




MANHATTAN

June 8; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Boys & Girls Club of Harlem

521 West 145th Street, New York NY 10031

The Made in Manhattan: Innovators of Today and Tomorrow event is an opportunity for educators and families to experience the many different facets of computer science education through various workshops and exposure to innovators from local schools and tech industry.


Who is it for?

Parents, teachers, educators, and local students should attend to gain a better understanding of the opportunities that computer science can lead to.

CS4All teachers and students will also be provided the chance to showcase the projects they’ve worked on all year in hopes of sparking inspiration in other educators and students.

Why should you attend?
To be exposed to current technological innovations in computer science education and learn how to bring the experience and tools into your home or classroom. Let’s empower our students and local communities to become the innovators of the technologies and not just the consumers.

RSVP now!

Download our flyer!





STATEN ISLAND

March 30; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Borough President’s Hall of Science at the Petrides Complex

About the event

Experience a day at the Borough President’s Hall of Science with your friends and family! Elementary and middle school students AND their parents are invited to explore  hands-on STEAM and computer science activities for FREE! Each student will receive a take-home STEAM kit! There will be raffles and giveaways throughout the day!


Why you should attend?

K-8 Students and their families. Current CS4All teachers and student volunteers are running sessions, as well as community partners.

Parents will leave with a CS family guide, and a better understanding of CS/STEAM and its importance in today’s educational environment.

Why CS Matters in Communities of Color

 

Join Computer Science for All (CS4All) and NYC Men Teach on Saturday, January 5 for a fun-filled day where you’ll hear from special guest speakers, participate in hands-on computer science activities and workshops, enter for a chance to win special prizes, network with fellow teachers, and learn about how you can make an impact on your students’ lives through computer science education.

The event will feature a panel discussion on equity and diversity in computer science with a group of experts who have made incredible contributions to the world of technology. You’ll hear from Joy Buolamwini, a coder and social justice activist. Buolamwini is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, and Google Anita Borg Scholar recognized as a Tech Review 35 under 35 honoree.

She will be joined by the family of Jerry Lawson, a self-taught engineer and pioneer of video games, who will discuss his legacy and how his work has led to modern-day video game consoles. Other special guests will be in attendance!

All New York City public school teachers are invited to attend! 

Register Here

Event Details

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120 Street, New York, NY 10027

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Apply Now to Join the First Ever CS4All Hack League – Powered by G4C

Call for NYC CS & Game Design Teachers:

Teacher application open on: October 11, 2017

Application deadline: Rolling

Date of PD Session:
Saturday, November 18th

Apply here

This PD opportunity offers middle and high school educators structured, in-depth training to facilitate a games-focused hackathon in their school during CSEdWeek (December 4-10, 2017). The CS4All Hack League will challenge students to design and code digital games that address real-world topics including News Literacy, Wildlife Conservation, Kindness & Empathy, and Connected Cities.

Up to 100 middle and high schools from across NYC will be invited to participate in this bracketed game design competition; winning teams at the school- and borough-level will advance to a final, citywide competition facilitated by the not-for-profit, Games for Change.

G4C CS4All Hack League FAQ


Selected educators will attend a one-day training on how to facilitate a competitive, games-focused hackathon within their schools. The Hack League competition will kick off in 100 middle and high schools in all five NYC boroughs during CSEdWeek (December 4-10, 2017). Round 2 and 3 of the Hack League will take place in early 2018.

Hours of classroom implementation expected of teacher:

  • 6-12 to plan and facilitate 1-day hackathon within school during CSEdWeek;
  • 3+ hours of guidance and mentorship to your school’s winning team into the next ‘brackets’ of the Hack League competition.

Partner on CS4All PD

Through an unprecedented $81 million public-private partnership, CS4All will ensure all NYC public school students learn computer science, with an emphasis on female, black, and Latino students. By 2025, the NYCDOE will train nearly 5,000 educators to teach computer science.

Educators will receive training to implement computer science (CS) education that aligns with their school vision and culture. Schools can choose to implement a multi-year sequence, a semester or year-long course, or a meaningful unit of CS integrated into other courses (e.g. science, math, art) in middle and high schools. For elementary schools, a meaningful CS unit can be incorporated into core classes or in cluster classes like art, music, or technology. For all grade levels, CS education must be taught during the regular school day.

The NYCDOE, through the Fund for Public Schools, seeks to hire professional development (PD) partners to expand professional learning opportunities for DOE teachers through two teacher training tracks:

  1. The CS Institute; and
  2. CS Course PD.

The DOE emphasizes access and equity through all of its programs and will give priority to organizations who have experience working with our most under-served communities.

All PD partners should cover core computer science concepts, practices, and perspectives as outlined in the CS4All Blueprint. Training should include instruction around the technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge teachers need to successfully implement CS education. The goal of training is to provide teachers with an improved sense of efficacy, classroom-ready materials, and guidance around implementation.

The CS Institute | CS Course PD | FAQs

TRAINING TRACKS:


CS INSTITUTE

Duration: The CS Institute will take place over four days during mid-winter break (February 20-23)*, including approximately 22 hours of instructional time. After the Institute, partners are expected to complete reporting on each teacher, so the CS4All team can provide individualized follow-up support. Before the end of March, each teacher who finishes training will be visited by a NYCDOE Computer Science Education Manager (CSEM) to finalize a lesson or unit plan they will pilot. From March-June partners are expected to observe and provide coaching support around the pilot lessons/units. The CS4All team will be piloting different ways to manage the hand-off between partners and CSEMS including; group debriefs with CSEMs, joint partner/CSEM school visits, and one-on-one CSEM debrief (in-person or virtual). Partners may be asked to participate in one of these pilots.
Grades: K-12
Goal: CS Institute participants should leave the training prepared to implement a meaningful unit of CS through integration in an existing subject area, as described in the CS4All Blueprint. Partners must provide educators with enough training and materials to conduct at least 10 hours of classroom instruction.
Logistics: The CS Institute is facilitated by the DOE who manages space, registration, food, and other logistics. Partners are responsible for leading workshops with 15-25 educators.
*In case of inclement weather, make-up dates will be provided.
Partners may be asked to offer a similar session during Summer 2018 with support and coaching during Fall 2018.
Application: Please find the application here, as well as the budget template, and the agenda template.

COURSE PARTNERS

Duration: Initial training should occur between February – August 2018 with additional sessions and support running throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Training and support must total at least 75 hours.
Grades: 6-12
Goal: Participants should leave the training prepared to implement a semester OR year-long CS course during the 2018-2019 school year.
Logistics: These trainings are not organized by the DOE so providers are responsible for finding space and managing logistics. Partners are responsible for leading programs with 20-30 educators.
Application: Please find the application here, as well as the budget template, and the agenda template.

REQUIREMENTS & TIMELINE

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Selected partners agree to participate in research led by the NYU Research Alliance
  • CS Institute and Course Partner PD will only run if at least 15 teachers register

TIMELINE

  • The application period will run from August 14th-September 6th.
  • The DOE will host a webinar August 24th from 12:00-1:00 EST to provide additional information and answer any questions. Please RSVP here. The webinar can be viewed live and will also be archived here.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than October 16th.

FAQ

Question 1: Are there specific funding levels for the different application strands?

Program costs in each strand will vary based on needs and materials but they typically cost:

  • CS Institute $30,000
  • CS Course PD $65,000

Question 2: How are teachers recruited for these workshops?

The DOE will support teacher recruitment for Courses but vendors are expected to support these efforts and leverage their networks to reach educators. For the CS Institute, the DOE has field staff in each borough will recruit schools from their geographic areas. DOE outreach also includes publication in newsletters and social media. If workshops do not meet minimum thresholds before agreed upon deadlines, workshops will be canceled.

Question 3: Can we apply to more than one track?

Yes, organizations can apply to as many tracks as relevant.

Question 4: My workshop materials far exceed the average $20,000 total costs for programs because we’re using robotics kits. Will it be accepted?

The program costs listed on the page are for the “average” workshop. Sometimes our robotics workshops exceed the average because of the material costs of the kits. You should not hesitate to include material costs that are required for the program to run smoothly in a classroom but please be mindful of long-term costs as we want these programs to be sustainable.

Question 5: I’d love to propose PDs for this initiative, the only thing is I am an individual & not an organization. Is this a problem?

As long as you fill out a W9, if selected, we can contract with individuals. However, we strongly encourage individuals to collaborate to ensure program delivery is high-quality.

Question 6: How many sessions do you plan to select?

We plan to select approximately;

  • 6-7 elementary school unit sessions
  • 3-4 middle school unit sessions
  • 1-2 high school unit sessions
  • 1-2 middle school CS course PDs
  • 3-4 high school CS course PDs

Question 7: For the CS Institute, the DOE manages registration, food, and other logistics. Does this mean the cost of food and location are covered by the DOE?

For the CS Institute food, basic materials, and space are all covered by the DOE.

Question 8: If we train teachers on the use of something like Arduino, is the expectation that we provide each teacher with an Arduino device in the training, AND additionally provide each teacher with approximately 25 devices for use in the classroom? Or are we instead expected to provide devices for training, but leave sourcing of expensive supplies to schools?

Each teacher should receive a device during training and a class set of materials. Some materials don’t require one set per student but can be used in a pair-programming or group setting, so the number of devices depends on what strategies you’re utilizing. We also want material replenishment to be sustainable for schools to maintain over time, so we encourage less expensive devices and pair or group work.

Question 9: My question is about the focus of the training and RFP. Some of the questions make it seem like the RFP is for both student curriculum and teacher training. Would you prefer us to specify a curriculum since it sounds like the district is not unifying their decision on what to use at this point?

Teachers should be trained using classroom-ready materials and curricula. We don’t care if curricula is written by the partner or pulled together from open source materials. We do not have one curricula for the City, so you should feel free to compile based on the concepts and practices we’ve outlined.

Question 10: From the language on the FAQ, I believe this is a contract, not a grant. I wanted to just confirm because the latter has implications for a university/my organization.

This is a contract, not a grant.

Question 11: How do we access multiple applications? (We are logging in with one email and how do we know which application is coming up?)

You can submit multiple applications just not in the same application. You have to write a new one each time.

Question 12: When are contract providers paid? (before, during, after PD?)

Vendors can only be paid for work completed, so all payments will be made after PD.

Question 13: Do they come in as a cohort or are the more likely to individually enroll?

For most PD, we ask teachers to sign up in pairs (two from each school)

Question 14: Will CS4All be providing teacher per session rates for the participating teachers? If so, we (the providers) are responsible for everything else, i.e. the PD, location, materials, food, etc.?

Yes, the DOE will provide per session, please do not include it in your budget. In all Courses, vendors are responsible for all other costs.

Question 15: Can you send the questions for each category as a PDF Document so we can answer them ahead of entering them into the Google Form?

Please find a PDF of the Unit PD application here.
And Course application here.

Question 16: What kinds of courses are you hoping to select?

The CS4All team is especially interested in courses that align with Career & Technical Education clusters including Information Technology, Engineering, Architecture & Robotics, Media Technology & Design, and Business & Finance. We are also interested in introductory computer science courses appropriate for a high school sequence, prior to the AP Computer Science Principles course. All courses should include CS-focused curriculum that builds on culturally relevant pedagogy, builds on student interests, or provides students agency.

Question 17: If we’ve had a contract with you before, do we have to apply again?

All contracts are limited to one-year terms because of our funding source, so partners from previous years must reapply. We know the CS landscape is rapidly evolving so we like to take the opportunity to evaluate what our teachers need each year and find partners that align to their needs.

Question 18: There’s nowhere in the application that mentions follow-up support — are we to assume that we won’t be doing any in-person follow-ups for this cohort (all teachers will still have access to discussion group and email support, of course) or that the follow-ups will be part of their own separate application at a later time?

There is no place for partners to describe follow up because we’ve prescribed what it looks like for everyone; “From March-June partners are expected to observe and provide coaching support around the pilot lessons/units.” That means partners have to visit each teacher who completes the CS Institute to provide support. This is different from last year where partners had to complete an additional day of training and support, which they were able to define.

Question 19: Given we have never gotten a 100% teacher response rate before, what happens if we reach out to teachers to schedule these visits, but never hear back from some of them? Will we be in violation of the contract? Similarly, does this still apply to teachers who decide to implement after June, in the next school year?

We can’t force teachers to do anything but we’ve set up a half dozen new processes (meeting with admin/supts, pre-meetings with teachers, a cohort model, etc.) we hope will get us closer to 100% participation. Partners will not be in violation of the contract if teachers don’t complete the work, but it’s certainly a data point we’ll look at to determine what programs are most effective.

Teachers will not have to implement a full unit till the following school year but they are expected to pilot at least a lesson from March-June.

Question 20: My question during the session today was about “Partners must provide educators with enough training and materials to conduct at least 10 hours of classroom instruction.” Does the 10 hours of classroom instruction have to focus solely on CS content? For example, in the materials that we shared with the teachers, this first go around, the classroom instruction included content that was specific to web design but also classroom instruction that was specific to community exploration that could then be used to populate the website (pictures, interviews with community leaders, internet and library research on the neighborhood).

Community exploration definitely fits in what we consider CS and can be included in the 10 hours. I recommend reading the analyze practice and the citizen perspective in the Blueprint to better understand the alignment.

Question 21: Is the ‘CS Institute’ for PD Partners the same as the ‘STEM Institute’? It sounds pretty much the same procedure of 22hrs PD in Feb and support afterwards, etc. but new name, yes?

Yes, CS Institute is basically the same thing as the STEM Institute from years past but with a few small tweaks; we’re running it exclusively as CS4All, we’re adding an extra day of training, and we’re asking partners to visit every teacher after the Institute instead of running follow up support sessions.
Question 22: Can we submit multiple applications in this PD Partners track — for 1) elementary educators, 2) MS educators, and 3) HS educators, 4) principals.

Principals are not a track option but you can submit multiple applications.

Question 23: We have many courses to partner with you for 2017-18 and 2018-19, designed for various grade levels too so, should we submit one application for each course? And can it be for 2017-18 AND 2018-19 AND 2019-20? Multiyear pathways?

Partners are welcome to submit as many courses as are relevant but we’re only going to accept up to 6 and will be looking for a diversity of offerings and a diversity of partners. We’re also only accepting applications for courses that start after February 2018 and run the following school year. We are not offering multi-year pathways through this RFP. Our team is currently running the only multi-year pathways we offer schools through SEP and SEPjr.

Question 24: Do the agenda and budget templates need to be completed as part of the application process or could these be completed after learning if we the application has been accepted?

Yes, please complete the budget and agenda templates as part of the application. They cannot be completed after the application has been accepted.

Question 25: Is the assumption that one person from the providers will do each visit?

The assumption is one person will do each visit but if you had a bigger team, you could split up schools amongst staff. The schools are also signing up in teams this year so if you have 20 teachers in your Unit PD/CS Institute class, you’d be expected to visit 10 schools. That should make it a little easier to get in all the visits.

Question 26: Is the assumption that there will be one visit per teacher? Or is more than one on the table?

You can propose more than one visit but our expectation/requirement is only one visit per teacher given the short timeline.

Question 27: I have a question about the Budget Template: are the numbers filled into that spreadsheet the actual amounts that will be paid or are these examples?

Just examples.

Question 28: Teachers in our sessions designed a unit that used the step by step social issue problem solving framework (algorithm), that asked students to think critically about the ways in which computer science could be part of a solution (and the solution could be something not yet created but could be created using aspects of CS). We would not specifically be providing PD on a computing concept but rather an overall intro to CS and a focus on the problem solving framework. What are your thoughts?

The Unit PD is different from the one-day sessions partners ran during the Spring/Summer 2017 in both breadth and depth of CS content and training. The expectations for the one-day sessions were teachers would walk away with enough training and materials to try out a lesson or two. The expectation for the Unit PDs/CS Institute is teachers walk away with enough training and materials to implement a full unit of CS ( at least 10 hours of classroom instruction). Through the 10 hours students must receive instruction in all three practices and some combination of CS concepts as outlined in the Blueprint. An introduction to CS is not sufficient for the Unit PDs.

Question 29: Should we apply or will there be summer opportunities designed as a One-day PD that are a better fit?

We do not anticipate offering summer opportunities this year designed as one-day workshops led by partners. Instead, our team will be leading introduction to CS workshops with administrators and educators. The only opportunities for partners at this time are Unit and Course PDs.

Question 30: In the “Content Learning Objectives”, do we have to identify which Guiding Questions from the list we are addressing or do we have to write in our own Guiding Questions? (I am aware that we can reference the CS4All Blueprint I Can tool and the Blueprint perspectives Explorer, Creator, Innovator, Citizen.)

Please identify your own questions using the CS4All Blueprint as a reference.

Question 31: Can you provide examples for the following component of each day’s agenda? “How are educators evaluating their work?”

  • Educators are given rubrics for self-evaluation (self-efficacy, technical, pedagogical, and content knowledge)
  • Educators are peer assessing
  • Educators are presenting/discussing/critiquing
  • Educators are given learning objectives or are developing their own learning objectives

Question 32: What is this: “Q & A / Survey / Paperwork / Feedback (required)” Do we create/supply/manage these things?

Partners will have to manage collecting the paperwork and administering CS4All surveys in Courses. For Unit PDs during the CS Institute, there will be CS4All staff on hand to support, but partners need to leave time on their agenda for this to take place.

Staten Island: Introduction to Computer Science for Midde and High School Teachers (Day 4)

PD Recap


In this professional learning opportunity participants took the three of the main Computer Science concepts: Algorithms, Programming and Abstraction and completed a Hack-a-thon. Participants were directed to the CS4All website (cs4all.nyc) and shown where past “Hack Packs” were posted. Participants were encouraged to use the packs in their classroom, and when they feel comfortable enough – expand the idea of a Hackathon to beyond their classroom (i.e. grade, school).
Click here for all the participant resources for Day 4 of Intro to Computer Science for Middle and High School Teachers, including presentation slides and handouts.

Questions? Contact Sandy

Intro to CS Day Four

Staten Island: Introduction to Computer Science for Middle and High School Teachers (Day 3)

PD Recap


In this professional learning opportunity participants took the three of the main Computer Science concepts: Algorithms, Programming and Abstraction and applied them to Scratch and the idea of a Hack-a-thon. Activities were introduced so they can relate Computer Science concepts to the student in the technology classroom, the non-technology classroom and everyday life.
Click here for all the participant resources for Day 3 of Intro to Computer Science for Middle and High School Teachers, including presentation slides and handouts.

Questions? Contact Sandy

Intro to CS Day Three

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