Projects

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A Partnership to Implement the Inclusive Computer Science Model of Professional Development and a Digital Platform for PK-6 Computer Science teaching for Students with Disabilities

In this NSF funded project, we implemented the Inclusive Computer Science (ICS) model of professional development (PD) and Compose and Code, or Coco, (a UDL-based digital learning platform) to provide PK-6 computer science instruction for students with and without high-incidence disabilities.

NSF Award #1837380
Preparing K-5 Teachers to Integrate the Computer Science Standards of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms to Support Students with High Incidence Disabilities

Objective:​​To generate and implement a usable, comprehensive model of professional development to support K-5 computer science integration in elementary instruction for all learners, with an emphasis on supporting students with high-incidence disabilities (i.e., learning disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders, mild intellectual disability, high-functioning autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder).

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Project Progress

For this project, we developed a set of lessons plans for grades K-5 with the Universal Design for Learning Framework that use foundational literacy concepts to teach computational thinking and provide an introduction to coding. View the complete set of lessons here.

Related publications: 

Designing a Model of Computer Science Professional Development for Elementary Educators in Inclusive Classrooms

Conference Presentations:

1. Hutchison, A., Offut, J., Colwell, J., Evmenova, A., & Gutierrez, K. (2022). Understanding how elementary teachers respond to a model of professional development for integrating computer science into instruction. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Education Research Association.

2. Hutchison, A., Colwell, J., Evmenova, A., Gutierrez, K., & Offutt, J.  (2022). The effects of the inclusive computer science model of professional development on teachers’ beliefs and implementation of computer science for students with high-incidence disabilities. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Instructional Technology in Teacher Education.

3. Hutchison, A. & Colwell, J. (2021). Understanding teachers’ perceptions about students with disabilities and computational thinking: A means to creating more inclusive pathways. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Literacy Research Association.

4. Hutchison, A. & Colwell, J. (2021). Understanding the effectiveness of a model of professional development for integrating computer science into literacy instruction in inclusive elementary classrooms. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Literacy Research Association.

5. Gutierrez, K. S., Hutchison, A., Colwell, J., Offutt, J., & Evmenova, A. (2021, September, Accepted). Using Design-Based Research to Establish an Effective Professional Development Model for Integrating Computer Science into Elementary Classrooms. Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic Association for Science Teacher Education, Blowing Rock, NC. 

6. Hutchison, A., Colwell, J., & Taylor, V. (2020, December). Results of a design-based implementation research study of how elementary teachers respond to a model of professional development for integrating computer science into literacy instruction. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Literacy Research Association.

7. Taylor, V., Vardas-Doane, A., Colwell, J. & Hutchison, A. C. (2020, Apr 17 - 21) Examining elementary teachers' perceptions of integrating computer science in k–5 instruction [Roundtable Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA http://tinyurl.com/sm6dfx2 (Conference Canceled)

8. Hutchison, A., Colwell, J., Laughlin, L, Taylor, V., Vardas-Doane, A. (2019). Designing a model of professional development to prepare K-5 teachers to integrate computer science into literacy instruction. Roundtable paper presented at the annual conference of the Literacy Research Association, Tampa, FL.

9. Hutchison, A. (2019, October). Preparing K-5 teachers to integrate the computer science standards of learning in inclusive classrooms to support students with high-incidence disabilities. Ignite talk presented at the Connected Learning Summit, Irvine, CA.

 10. Gutierrez, K., Hutchison, A., Colwell, J., Evmenova, A., Offut, J. (2019, September). Developing a professional development model for integrating computer science into core content areas for all K-5 learners. Roundtable paper presented at the conference of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Science Teacher Education, Pipestem, WV.

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George Mason University, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and Amazon Teacher Externship Program

The program provided teachers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia with an externship at Amazon during the summer of 2021, a graduate-level companion course focused on project-based learning at George Mason University, and a workshop to prepare teachers to pass the Computer Science (5652) Praxis Test. 

George Mason University and Google Computer Science Teacher Externship Program

The program will provide teachers from DC and Virginia with an externship at Google during the summer of 2022, a graduate-level companion course focused on project-based learning at George Mason University, and a workshop to prepare teachers to pass the Computer Science (5652) Praxis Test. 

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