Partner on CS4All PD

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.