Preparing Justice-Focused CS Educators
We are researcher-practitioner partnership at the University of Washington, Shoreline School District, and Highline School District investigating innovative ways to integrate CS education and social justice. Our team combines diverse perspectives and expertise in secondary teacher education, CS education research, administration, and social justice perspectives on computing and society. Our goal is to prepare a new generation of secondary CS educators who center social justice in their teaching, developing students critical consciousness about their relationship to computing in the world.
Our core activities include:
- Writing a free, web accessible book, which will be posted here, presenting justice-framings of CS foundations and methods for teaching those foundations.
- A new 5th quarter add-on endorsement in the UW College of Education’s Secondary Teacher Education Program, graduating up to 20 new secondary CS teachers a year to serve Washington state schools.
- A series of studies about the tensions and opportunties in preparing justice-focused CS educators.
- Fostering a community of justice-focused CS educators across Washington state, to support professional learning, networking.
Throughout these activities, our goal is to broaden participation in CS by diversifying CS teachers, and preparing them to teach in CS culturally-responsive, critically conscious ways.
Our core team includes:
- Amy J. Ko, Ph.D. (PI). Amy is a Professor at the University of Washington Information School, and an expert in CS teaching and learning, as well as other areas of computer science, including human-computer interaction and software engineering. She directs the Code & Cognition Lab, which investigates equitable ways for humanity to learn the power and perils of computing.
- Anne Beitlers, Ph.D. (PI). Anne is an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Washington College of Education, and an expert in English education and teaching methods. She directs the Secondary Teacher Education Program, which graduates an annual cohort of justice-focused educators.
- Dan Gallagher, Ed.D. (Co-PI). Dan is the Director of Career and Technical Education at Shoreline School District and an expert on researcher-practitioner partnerships.
- Juan Lozano (Co-PI). Juan is an Instructional Specialist in Career and Technical Education at Highline School District, a high school CS teacher, and a passionate advocate for broadening participation in computing.
Our Ph.D. students include:
- Jayne Everson. Jayne is a PhD student in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, and a former high school math, science, and CS teacher. She is interested in tools to support project-based learning in CS.
Our advisory board includes:
- Andrew Shouse, Chief Program Officer at Washington STEM
- Adam Smith, CTE Director in Cheney School District, CS teacher, and chapter co-president of CSTA Spokane.
- Cheri Bortelson, CS curriculum developer at Bellevue School District.
- William Penuel, expert on researcher-practitioner partnerships.
- Niral Shah, an expert on racial and gender equity in STEM education.
- Katie Headrick Taylor, an expert on digitally-mediated, intergenerational learning.
We expect to grow to include additional instructors, doctoral students, and undergraduates.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2031265. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.