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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Program costs in each strand will vary based on needs and materials but they typically cost:
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.
Yes, organizations can apply to as many tracks as relevant.
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.
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.
We plan to select approximately;
For the CS Institute food, basic materials, and space are all covered by the DOE.
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.
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.
This is a contract, not a grant.
You can submit multiple applications just not in the same application. You have to write a new one each time.
Vendors can only be paid for work completed, so all payments will be made after PD.
For most PD, we ask teachers to sign up in pairs (two from each school)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, please complete the budget and agenda templates as part of the application. They cannot be completed after the application has been accepted.
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.
You can propose more than one visit but our expectation/requirement is only one visit per teacher given the short timeline.
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.
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.
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.