Request for Proposals – Research-Based Practices in CS Education

Together with CSTeachingTips, CSforALL seeks proposals for the production of two-page research-based practices in CS education synthesis documents. These synthesis documents should be written for a school district administrator or computer science teacher and focus on a research-supported practice related to K-12 CS Education. To be clear, these documents should NOT be a research paper, but instead a translation of research into actionable steps or activities that districts, schools, or teachers can take to advance the goals of CSforALL; to provide high quality CS education to every student in the United States.

These documents will be funded as consulting projects. If accepted, CSforALL and CSTeachingTips will pay $1,000 to the proposer in order to produce the two-page synthesis document. Proposals will be evaluated by Leigh Ann DeLyser (Co-Chair, CSforALL) and Colleen Lewis (PI, CS Teaching Tips). The proposals will be judged based upon: (1) Their representation of a research-supported practice, (2) the relationship to K-12 CS Education, and (3) the potential usefulness for administrators or computer science teachers in implementing CSforALL.

By completing this form you are providing information that will be protected under CSforALL’s privacy policy. We reserve the right to share information about the proposals in aggregate or without the proposer’s name attached.

If awarded, we anticipate this will be an iterative process involving a review of the final document by at least one education association member of the CSforALL hub in order to provide feedback for any appropriate edits.

Deadline: CSforALL will accept applications from December 7, 2015 until all grants are awarded.  Initial review of applications will begin on January 5, 2017 of all applications submitted before 12:00am AOE on January 5, 2017. Applications submitted after this deadline will be reviewed in an ongoing basis until all grants are awarded.

Please note – the work described in the two-page synthesis document does not need to be the work of the person proposing to author the document. It is expected, however, that citations and attributions will be provided in the write up.

Examples of similar types of documents include NCWIT’s Promising Practices and the IES What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guides (although we do not anticipate the same depth of analysis in these 2-page documents). Please note that we will give priority to proposal topics that are not already represented in NCWIT’s collection.

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To become a member of CSforALL, first review the Membership Guidelines. If you meet the membership criteria, complete this form1. We will be reviewing applications and approving new members during the first week of every month. You will hear from us shortly thereafter!

Benefits of Membership

CSforALL members will benefit primarily through the increased visibility of their work to states, districts, schools, and other implementing partners, as well as funders and policy makers. Additionally, CSforALL sees its role as an initiator of community, and members may be invited to participate or share events where they are the target community/audience. As CSforALL evolves and grows under the guidance of the Steering Committee, there may be other benefits.

Responsibilities of Members

Members will be asked to:

  • Create and maintain a CSforALL landing page or resource collection on their website2
  • Provide CSforALL with a logo and URL to display on the website
  • Respond to annual requests from CSforALL for data or reporting of activities/commitments regarding CS education activities (e.g., number of teachers trained, schools impacted, student numbers and demographics, etc.)

1 If your membership is approved, the information you provided for the required fields will be used to create your public membership profile on the CSforALL site. Please do not include any private or confidential information.
2 If a member’s content is explicitly focused on CS education, the member’s primary home page may be used as the CSforALL landing page.