Southern Oregon Computer Science for ALL (SOCSforALL)
Researchers focused on integrating computational thinking into the K-5 instruction of general elementary and elementary bilingual teachers in southern Oregon developed a researcher-practitioner partnership (RPP) with funding from the National Science Foundation. The RPP, SOCSforALL, grew out of a 2015 collaboration.
AIR was the evaluation partner on SOCSforAll, which included Southern Oregon University, the Ashland School District, and the Phoenix-Talent School District. The project focused on:
- Moving from initial collaboration to a fully-formed networked improvement community that meets regularly and engages in three cycles of improvement;
- Piloting a summer institute that supports its first cohort of elementary teachers;
- Co-creating lesson plans that integrate computational thinking into elementary subjects; and
- Building prototype instructional materials that districts can use to engage elementary teachers, whether they are early adopters of computational thinking or reticent to implement.