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Compose and Code

NSF Award #2122807

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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

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OBJECTIVE

Researchers will implement the Inclusive Computer Science (ICS) model of professional development (PD) and Compose and Code, also known as CoCo, (a UDL-based digital learning platform) to provide PK-6 computer science instruction for students with and without high-incidence disabilities.

 

MODEL

The project will use the NSF-funded Inclusive Computer Science (ICS) model of professional development (PD), alongside the partnering school division’s current approaches to curriculum development, to reform and scale how they prepare teachers to develop and implement computer science curricula, particularly for students with high-incidence disabilities.  As part of the Inclusive Computer Science (ICS) model of professional development (PD), teachers will be introduced to new approaches for supporting students with disabilities in learning computer science, including the researchers’ newly developed, universally-designed tool called CoCo, which stands for Compose and Code.

OVERARCHING QUESTION

​​ What conditions are necessary for the Inclusive Computer Science (ICS) model of professional development (PD) to be effectively implemented on a district-wide scale to increase and sustain computer science instruction and interest for all students, particularly those with high-incidence disabilities in PK-6 inclusive classrooms?

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PROJECT PROGRESS

 

For this project, we developed a recorded a set of video-based lessons plans to provide computer science instruction for students with and without high-incidence disabilities in grades PK-6. 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  1. Hutchison, A., Kaya, E., Regan, K., Miller, B., Manchester, E., Gu, D. (2022). Using the Compose and Code platform to provide leveled support for students with disabilities as they learn coding and computational thinking. Roundtable session presented at the annual conference of the Society for Instructional Technology in Teacher Education.

MEET THE TEAM

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Amy Hutchison
George Mason University
Principal Investigator

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Anna Evmenova
George Mason University
Co-Principal Investigator

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Jeff Offutt
George Mason University
Co-
Principal Investigator

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Kristie Gutierrez
Old Dominion University
Co-
Principal Investigator

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Jamie Colwell
Old Dominion University
Co-
Principal Investigator

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Kelley Regan
George Mason University
Co-
Principal Investigator

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Erdogan Kaya
George Mason University
Co-
Principal Investigator