Through an unprecedented public-private partnership all NYC public school students will receive meaningful, high‐quality Computer Science (CS) education at each school level: elementary, middle, and high school by 2025. Over the course of the initiative, the Department of Education (DOE) and its partners will train nearly 5,000 teachers who will bring CS education to the City’s ~1.1 million public school students.
Schools will receive training to implement CS education that aligns with their school vision and culture. CS must be implemented during the regular school day and can be a multi-year sequence, a semester-long course, or unit integrated into other courses (e.g. science, math, art) in middle and high schools. For elementary schools, CS can be incorporated into core classes or in cluster classes like art, music, or technology.
The DOE seeks partner organizations to expand professional learning opportunities for DOE teachers through:
The DOE emphasizes the importance of access and equity, accessibility, and creative computing through all of its programs and will give priority to organizations who address these topics and values. All partners should cover core computer science concepts, build teachers’ sense of efficacy, and provide them with classroom-ready materials.
Details on the different partnerships opportunities are below:
Duration: up to 5 one-day workshops from February-August 2017.
Grade band(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
Goal: Teachers who complete a one-day workshop should feel confident trying CS in their classroom and eager to pursue additional training.
Logistics: One-day workshops are not organized by the DOE so providers are responsible for finding space and managing logistics. Partners are responsible for working with 15-25 educators in each session.
Duration: a three-day workshop during the winter STEM Institute (February 21-23) and at least 15 hours of follow-up support through June 2017.
Grade band(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Goal: STEM Institute participants should leave the training prepared to implement a robust unit of CS through integration in an existing course.
Logistics: The STEM Institute is facilitated by the DOE who manages space, registration, food, and other logistics. Partners are responsible for leading workshops with 15-25 educators.
*The STEM Institute – CS Track is part of the DOE’s larger STEM Institute, which provides professional learning for math, science, technology, and art teachers on STEM topics ranging from culinary science to engineering. If you are interested in applying to for a non CS-track session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “STEM Institute” for details about how to apply.
Duration: a combination of at least 30 hours of training and support. Programs can begin anytime between February – August 2017 and follow-up training must be completed within 6 months of initial training.
Grade span: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12
Goal: Participants should leave the training prepared to implement a robust unit of CS through integration in an existing course.
Logistics: Short-cycle PDs are not organized by the DOE so providers are responsible for finding space and managing workshop logistics. Partners are responsible for leading workshops with 15-25 educators.
Duration: Training can occur between February – August 2017 with follow-up support throughout the 2017-2018 school year and must total at least 75 hours across training and support.
Grade band(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Goal: Participants should leave the training prepared to implement a year or semester-long CS course or program during the 2017-2018 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 15-25 educators.
Organizations with unique models of professional development that do not fit any of the above categories can apply to “Other”. All training must prepare teachers to implement CS during the regular school day.
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:
One-Day Workshop: Average $2,000 per day (for up to 5 days)
STEM Institute: Average $20,000 total
Short-Cycle PD: Average $23,000 total
Longer-Term Courses & Programs: Average $50,000
How are teachers recruited for these workshops?
The DOE will support teacher recruitment for all programs but vendors are expected to support these efforts and leverage their networks to reach more educators. The DOE has field staff in each borough who will also support recruitment in specific 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.
Since space and other logistics (dates, times?) are up to us, could we hold the workshops in xyz neighborhood and primarily have teachers from our partner schools as the participants?
Registration must be open to all NYC educators in a given district or geographic area. We cannot give preference or hold seats for existing partner schools.
Can we apply to more than one track?
Yes, organizations can apply to as many tracks as relevant.
Can you send the questions for each category as a Word/PDF/Excel Document so we can answer them ahead of entering them into the Google Form?
Please find a PDF here. It might be hard to follow since the form includes skip logic. The other option is to go through the form itself and enter something in each field to see how to skip logic works. You should be able to go back and edit the form at any time.
I’m just wondering where the concepts and practices came from (seems to be mostly from the CS k-12 framework, but maybe not quite?) and if you’re looking for strictly these concepts and practices to frame the educator objectives. Or, should I be creating a concept practice map from scratch?
The concepts and practices are a result of our blueprint process to-date, which includes 7+ months of intensive co-design with 35+ educators, 110+ school leaders, plus workshops with researchers, higher ed, CBOs, and industry. It also closely aligns to the K-12 CS and the AP CS Principles frameworks but contextualized alongside a local audience of educators. We’re hoping this matrix is a helpful tool for you to create educators objectives. But it’s a draft, so if it’s missing something, please feel free to add items in an “other” category.”
Can workshops be offered during regular school hours?
If you’re applying for one-day workshops, we’re happy to have you run them during school hours (teachers get leave time). We were recently successful with this approach at the elementary level and are willing to give it a try elsewhere.
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. The LEGO robotics workshops last year far exceeded 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, you won’t be dinged if you exceed the average.
Am I right saying that the application is mainly focused on data related to SHORT-CYCLE PD? LONG-TERM PD, one day workshop and STEM headings are not indicted in the application?
No, there is skip logic in the survey. If you choose one option, that’s where you’ll be directed in the application. You can only apply to one track per application.
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 should be able to contract with individuals.
If we apply to offer workshops, do we submit a workshop to be offered five times or do we propose five different workshops (each to be offered only once)? Can we then offer e.g. 3 topics total 15 workshops?
It’s the same workshop to be offered up to five times.
You can apply for as many as you’d be able to provide. However, we will only be able to offer a limited number of workshops so I would not expect more than one workshop series to be accepted from any given organization. But, it might still make sense to fill out multiple applications if your workshops reach diverse areas or CS topics, increasing your chances of aligning to a high-need area.
Are the dollars noted for the different types of professional development (one-day workshop, STEM Institute, etc.), monies that cover the total cost of the workshop(s)? More specifically, if XYZ company is selected, would we be reimbursed a given amount, or would expenses need to be submitted and reimbursement would be up to the noted amount?
Your proposed budget should include all costs needed to run the workshop including materials, space, and staff costs. If selected, vendors will be awarded a contract which they can invoice against after work in completed, and up to the noted amount.
In the “other” category, is there a given amount of professional development desired? For example, XYZ company has well-defined online professional development for our computer science courses. Would that online PD have a minimum training and support hours required component for the application process?
The “other” category is open to new ideas for how PD might be run. Our theory is, for an educator be able to implement a robust unit of CS, they need at least 30 hours of training and support. If folks have other well-supported or research-based approaches that do not fit this model, we’re open to learning more.
For the STEM Institute, it is noted that the DOE manages registration, food, and other logistics. Does this mean that the cost of food and location are covered by the DOE?
For the STEM Institute food, basic materials, and space are all covered by the DOE.
When it states that workshops can be cancelled if the minimum number of teachers is not reached. Can we assume that the minimum number per workshop is 15?
Yes, the minimum is 15
If the only space we can secure is in Manhattan, we can still recruit teachers from any of the other boroughs, correct?
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 models except the STEM Institute, vendors are responsible for all other costs.
The application asks to separate the program costs between FY17 (Feb-June 2017) and FY18 (July 17-June 18). So can we plan for 5 one-day workshops in FY17 and 5 in FY18 or is it 5 combined over the two Fiscal Years?
Please only apply for 5 total.
Is there a word count for the various sections of the proposals? We’re trying to figure out how much detail we need to/can go into in describing our program design and activities and objectives?
We entered 1000 words in one box and didn’t hit a limit, so you should be fine. Please be specific but remember we’re likely reading 100+ applications so don’t write a novel 🙂
How many hours per day should we plan on teaching for the STEM Institute option?
The STEM Institute schedule is set and should be in the application under “agenda”. If you see that box, it’s 4.5 hours on day 1 and 5.5 hours a piece for day 2 and 3.
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 this to be sustainable for schools to maintain over time so we encourage less expensive devices and pair or group work.
For the Workshops question re: providing specific dates for the workshops. Since they are so far out, and we are very flexible on when to hold the workshops, do you recommend picking a few dates scattered in February with a note they can be changed?
Please explain your flexibility in the application but send us real dates. Our goal is to turnaround acceptance notifications and teacher registration very quickly so we want to have dates to share. We’re running our big 3-day Institute February 21-23 and you should check the NYC schools calendar to make sure your proposed dates don’t overlap with any major holidays or school testing. We’re open to a mix of Friday and weekend proposals.
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 that is written by you 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.
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.
This is a contract, not a grant.
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.
When and 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.
Do the trainers need to have any specific qualifications? DOE certified? Fingerprinted?
They only need to be fingerprinted if they’re working with students/ in schools. No other qualifications.
Does this contract allow for any DOE employee/school to select our program?
Some PD may be limited or we’ll hold seats for specific teachers. In most cases DOE teachers can select the program.
Who decides? The DOE decides.
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)
Will this training schedule be in used for all schools we train? Or will all schools selecting us train together?
There will not be individual trainings unless this is a strategy for your follow-up support.
Will one version of our training be selected or will each school that selects us will have their choice as to how they want training run
One version for all schools.
We work with about 100 school programs and have lots of location delivery options–can we/you be flexible on deciding if we are chosen?
Yes, please note this in the application.
How much of the proposed training schedule factor into the decision making process? (We’re concerned that our version of a training schedule will not line up with how you envision or want it delivered and that will that prevent us from being considered.)
Just note your flexibility but give us enough details to turn this around in a week.
Could you provide some clarity on question 18, “Please list your learning objectives for educators using the matrix below as a guide”. Are the concepts listed in the below example matrix supposed to remain static? Or do we come up with our own practices and our own concepts?
The concepts and practices are relatively static. We’re still making edits to these but they’re our best guess at what needs to be covered in a unit of CS. You can check the links on the right for more details.
The application period will run from October 19th through midnight November 13th, 2016. Please apply here.
The DOE held an information webinar from 12:00-1:00 EST October 31st.
Click here for more information on the Concepts in the learning objectives matrix used in the application.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than December 1st, 2016.