The Computer Science for All (CS4All) Blueprint is an academic and implementation guide for teaching computer science in New York City public schools. We know that it's a big undertaking to support educators and their school communities as they begin to integrate, many for the first time, computer science into their classrooms. So we created the Blueprint with a dedicated group of Blueprint Teacher Fellows, elevating their CS teaching knowledge and experience in NYC classrooms.
We also gathered feedback from more than 30 sessions with researchers, the CS education community, industry, and families; and incorporated their needs, values, and goals in our design direction and content.
A list of these stakeholders, as well as the important ideas and feedback they offered, are summarized below.
With this beta (first published draft) version of the Blueprint, the CS4All team is engaging a new cohort of Teacher Fellows, and work with administrators to further refine and develop the resources schools need to implement a rigorous computer science curriculum.
A huge thank you to all those who attended our sessions.
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Here's a brief summary of what we learned in 2016:
CS education researchers at the CSNYC Knowledge Forum
- Generalize concepts and practices to elevate computer science thinking on the CSNYC Knowledge Forum.
CS education community at Hive Research Lab CS Visions Convenings
- Develop multiple perspectives about how to connect CS to each school's visions and goals.
Tech and tech-related industry at CS4ALL industry roundtables
- Collaboration and critical thinking are equally important to technical skills.
School leaders at principal and assistant principal conferences
- Include practical guides to support the roll-out of CS in schools.
Families at World Maker Faire
- Families were most interested in general problem-solving and design-thinking skills.
CS4ALL Blueprint Teacher Fellows
Alana RobinsonAlana Robinson teaches CS to elementary and middle school self-contained special education classes at the Mickey Mantle School, a District 75 school in Manhattan.
Ariadna Phillips-SantosAriadna Phillips-Santos is a passionate Dual Language (Spanish) Computer Science and ESL/ELA teacher at the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology in the South Bronx.
Ben Samuels-KalowBen Samuels-Kalow was a Computer Science and Economics teacher at the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology in the South Bronx.
Dr. Christa QuintDr. Christa Quint is in her 12th year teaching in New York City. She is an experienced Math teacher and and a new Computer Science teacher at the Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology.
Christy CrawfordChristy Crawford has taught in Harlem and the Bronx for more than 13 years. She is an education consultant and contributor to Scholastic's Top Teaching blog..
JoAnn WesthallJoAnn Westhall is a Computer Science Instructor, Grades Pre-K-5 at PS 31 in Bayside, Queens.
Matt BoyleMatthew Boyle has background in architecture and graphic design. He helps lead operations, arts and digital media programming at the Renaissance Charter HS for Innovation.
Sean PawelecSean Pawelec has a background in earth science who teaches computer science at the Renaissance Charter HS for Innovation where he is the Science Department Chair.
Tim FeimerTim Feimer is a certified SS 7-12 teacher who enjoys building and learning all about CS topics for all middle school grade levels (6-8).
Tim ChenTim Chen was a software engineering teacher at the Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology. He is interested in everything related to computer science education!
The Blueprint Fellowship for the 2017-18 school year is structured as two tracks - Curriculum and Pedagogy. We have almost 50 teachers participating this year!
The Curriculum Fellows, who got started in early July 2017, are designed Blueprint-aligned CS units to test in the classroom and eventually publish on the Blueprint. The Pedagogy Fellows will meeting in August to kick-off a year of interivistation and peer observation that will published as video resources on the Blueprint.
Names and bios will be posted soon!