WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS Dr. Jeff Gray, Associate Professor Department of Computer Science, University of Alabama [email protected] -- http://gray.cs.ua.edu Deepa Muralidhar, CS Teacher and CS Principles Facilitator North Gwinnet High School, Georgia [email protected] -- http://www.iteachcs.com Carol Crawford, Consultant A+ College Ready [email protected] Others who will join the call from ALSDE and A+ College Ready OTHERS YOU WILL GET TO KNOW A+ College Ready Mary Boehm, President Dr. Amy C. Fineburg, Chief Academic Officer Haynie Research and Evaluation Dr. Kathleen Haynie Dr. Sheryl Packman YEAR ONE SCHOOLS AND TEACHER LEADERS Jeff Baker Roy Black Leella Holt Dr. Albert Lilly Gina McCarley Jim Morse Jennie Rountree Jill Westerlund Carol Yarbrough Huntsville High School LAMP Muscle Shoals High School AL School of Math and Science Lawrence County High School New Century Technology High School Bob Jones High School Hoover High School AL School of Fine Arts YEAR TWO SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS Justin Cannady Homewood High School Violyn Lewis Fairfield High Preparatory Kitwana Carter Wenonah High School Pamela McClendon Oak Grove High School Allyson Craddock Sylacauga High School Steven McDaniel Bonnie Flowers Columbia High School Teresa Meissner JCIB Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy James Garner Hartselle High School Krista Mintz Oxford High School Monica Gray Shades Valley High School Steve Morisani Fairhope High School Melissa G. Hill Daphne High School Megan Riggins James Clemens High School Ryan James Hewitt-Trussville High School Richard Roper Minor High School Wendy Johnson Chambers County Career Tech Wade Sims Hazel Green High School Adam Kolasa Vestavia Hills High School Jason Sousa Jay LeCroy LeCroy Tech Scottie Wilson LeCroy Tech Spain Park High School PROJECT GOALS Train 50 high school teachers, over a three year period Enroll 2,500 students Broaden participation for female and minority students Develop curricular materials Evaluate both professional development and curricular materials Be a national leader in the new AP CS Principles course/exam Improve the overall awareness of computer science opportunities available to Alabama students GETTING A HEAD START • A website that you should visit is the official CS Principles website, located at http://www.csprinciples.org/ Check out the CS Principles Curriculum Framework and Performance Tasks • Check out the National Science Foundation funded CS10K Community of Practice website at http://www.cs10kcommunity.org/page/about-cs10k-community • Create an account and join the CS4Alabama group SUGGESTED READINGS Hal Abelson’s Blown to Bits – a free book that your students can also read as part of the course curriculum; available for download at http://www.bitsbook.com/excerpts/ Jeannette Wing’s Computational Thinking Sent as attachment in previous email Jeff Kramer’s Is Abstraction the Key to Computing? Sent as attachment in previous email RECRUITING RESOURCES We are hoping for enrollment close to the numbers projected on your application; may not be able to support low enrollment classes Course Name and Code Computer Science Principles ALSDE Career Technical Course Code: 520008 This course now counts as a math elective for graduation Guidance Counselor Resources National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) http://www.ncwit.org/project/counselors-computing-c4c Attachment containing other resources sent in previous email KEY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DATES This training is required for your participation in the project: Late-May through mid-July—Online content-specific professional development (on-line meetings twice a week for 8 weeks plus approximately 3-4 hours per week of independent work) June 23-27—A week-long Advanced Placement Summer Institute–like training (at the University of Alabama) PROJECT EVALUATION Project evaluation conducted by Haynie Research Project assessment helps us to improve the course and provide feedback to the National Science Foundation Types of information Student Demographics (Student’s identified by code only) Pre and Post Course Surveys for Students and Teachers Bi-Weekly Feedback form (Teachers) Collection of student work IRB Requirements Those students counted in the study must fill out assent/consent forms (students and parents must sign) Students may take your course and not be part of the study, but we strongly encourage explaining the importance of participating to students and parents TEACHER EXPECTATIONS Assist in approving CSP course adoption Participate in meetings with grant leaders Promote the course and recruit students Manage equipment purchases Participate in summer on-line content-specific professional development Attend a week-long Advanced Placement Summer Participate in homework exercises and biweekly webinars Participate in the NSF supported Community of Practice Respond to evaluation surveys and data requests from project evaluator Participate in the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the CSTA Alabama chapter activities INCENTIVES Financial Incentives for Teachers Each teacher will be eligible to receive up to $3,300 for meeting expectations and completing the designated activities. The financial incentives are available only during the first year of participation and paid in two installments. Additional Incentives $2,000 equipment allowance for the first year of program participation Registration and travel for attending week-long APS-like summer training and curriculum meetings (up to $1,050) MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS Please consider joining CSTA http://csta.acm.org/Membership/sub/IndividualMembership.html Use of Dropbox We will use Dropbox to share files with you; please create a Dropbox account if you do not have one Please let us know your Dropbox email address if it is different that the email that we have been using for correspondence. Upcoming CSTA Mobilize Data Workshop Could be very useful in your course on the Big Data topic Please see Carol Yarbrough’s message last week Held at ASFA in Birmingham on April 19 QUESTIONS??