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  1. CSTA National Standards and their Impact on the Future of K-12 Computer Education Rutgers University August 21, 2012 Anita Verno, Bergen Community College, NJ Brian Fuschetto, Lyndhurst High School, NJ

  2. Presenters Anita Verno Associate Professor, Information Technology CSTA Advisory Council Northern NJ CSTA College Representative Associate Member ACM CCECC Certified Teacher NJ Textbook Author Brian Fuschetto Lyndhurst High School, Business & Technology Instructor Northern NJ CSTA President Bergen Community College, Adjunct Professor, Information Technology

  3. Rules for Engagement • Please Do! • Questions accepted at any time • Answers • may be available • Now • Later in the discussion • Some great questions may need research

  4. Topics & Objectives • Understand some of the K-12 issues relating to computing education and the need for standards • Introduce the origins and development of the K-12 Standards Project • Proposed Course Levels and Standards Breakdown • The Standards Framework • Cross-walk to the CTE Common Core Standards • Some Things to Look At… • Uniting Forces – Spreading the Word - CSTA • Get Involved…

  5. Instruction Could be this

  6. Boring Yawn Dull Or this

  7. Let’s Make itInteresting and Exciting Lottery

  8. Model Curriculum for K-12 CS • Publications • 2003 • 2006: revised forward • New developments K-12 Computer Science Standards, Revised 2011 Electronic version still currently available: ACM Model Curriculum for K-12 CS, 2nd Edition, 2006

  9. How Has the Curriculum Been Used? • Curriculum Design • Curriculum Review / Modification • Improving Instruction • Advocacy • Planning Resource • Reference • Teacher Certification

  10. Using the Model Curriculum • GA curriculum standards, Business and CS • NH competencies for vocational programming • CS standards for elementary/H.S. (Diocese, FL) • Resource in writing state curriculum • National curriculum for South African schools • Advocate a national CS curriculum in Taiwan • Topics guidelines for 2-year college core classes • Increase problem solving in K-12 Math curriculum • Outreach activities for K-8 students • Develop the competencies and skill sets for the FL Teacher Certification Examination in K-12 CS

  11. 2011 CSTA Standards Task Force • Deborah Seehorn North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Chair • Stephen Carey Brunswick School Department • Brian Fuschetto Lyndhurst High School • Irene Lee Santa Fe Institute • Daniel Moix Ouachita Technical College • Dianne O’Grady-Cuniff Howard High School • Chris Stephenson Computer Science Teachers Association • Anita Verno Bergen Community College

  12. The Standards Project • Review of the 2006 Model Curriculum • Still a very powerful and useful document • Minor modifications to specific content • Course level approach is still a valid option

  13. The Standards ProjectWhy Standards Instead of Another Model • Many states have a computer education requirement at the K-12 grade level • General computer knowledge and skills have been moving… • Traditional HS courses are now elementary and middle school • Keyboarding, General Computers, Office Programs, etc. • Trends in the High School Curriculum • An Elective Environment • Focus on Standards and Assessment • Computer Teachers – Certification • The National Standards Movement • Accountability, Accountability, Accountability…

  14. The Standards ProjectStandards Are Organized into Levels

  15. The Standards ProjectDeveloping the Strands

  16. The Standards ProjectDeveloping & Aligning the Standards • Review of Current National and International Standards • State Curriculums • Advanced Placement CS Principles / CS A • NETS (ISTE) • European CS Standards Project • CSTA 2006 Model Curriculum • K-12 programs and course syllabi • Entry level college programs and syllabi

  17. The Standards ProjectReview & Publication • In April 2011, the first draft of the publication was released for professional review • Majority of feedback was very positive • Negative feedback was in the form of very specific paradigms and or terminology individuals felt needed to be added/removed • June – August 2011: • Made modifications to standards based on feedback • Second draft release for professional review – September 2011 • Finalization of publication – September to October 2011 • Finalized Print Version released – November 2011

  18. The CTE Common Core Standards • 45 States have adopted the Common Core Curriculum • Only mention of Computer Science in the Mathematics Standards is a reference to the AP Computer Science A course as an advanced elective • Computer references in Standards: • Mathematics Standards refer to the use of calculators and algebraic spreadsheet applications • English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects Standards refer to assistive technology for special needs students • Computer Science and Information Technology has truly been underrepresented in the Common Core at this point • The Science Standards have not been developed yet

  19. The CTE Common Core Standards • The National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) • The Common Career Technical Core – June 2012 • State-led initiative, with 42 states, the District of Columbia and Palau participating in the development stage. • Business and industry representatives, educators and others helped guide the development of the CCTC from beginning to end to ensure CTE students will have the knowledge and skills to thrive in a global economy

  20. The CTE Common Core Standards • 12 Principles of Career Ready Practice • Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee • Collaboration • Community, Global, and Ethical Impacts • Apply appropriate academic and technical skills • Computational Thinking • Computing Practice & Programming • Attend to personal health and financial well being • Computing Practice & Programming • Community, Global, and Ethical Impacts • Communicate clearly, effectively, and with reason • Collaboration • Computers and Communication Devices • Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions • Community, Global, and Ethical Impacts

  21. The CTE Common Core Standards • Demonstrate creativity and innovation • All 5 Strands • Employ valid and reliable research strategies • Community, Global, and Ethical Impacts • Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them • Computational Thinking • Computing Practice and Programming • Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management • Collaboration • Community, Global, and Ethical Impacts • Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals • Computing Practice & Programming

  22. The CTE Common Core Standards • Use technology to enhance productivity • All Strands • Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence • Collaboration • Community, Global, and Ethical Impacts

  23. The CTE Common Core Standards • In addition, there are more specific standards in the Information Technology Career Cluster (IT) and its respective pathways • Information Support & Services Career Pathway • Network Systems Career Pathway • Programming & Software Development Career Pathway • Web & Digital Communications Career Pathway • Our National CS Standards align to all of these standards • See Crosswalk PDF file

  24. Some Things To Look At • Some particularly nice additions to the 2011 Standards Document that are worth looking at include: • Section 5.3.C (Topics in Computer Science) – Page 22 • Section 8 (Activities) – Page 27 • K-12 Standards Scaffolding Charts – Page 55

  25. Who is the CSTA? • The Computer Science Teachers Association is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn.

  26. CSTA Local Chapters • A CSTA chapter is a local branch of CSTA designed to facilitate discussion of local issues, provision of member services at the local level, and to promote CSTA membership on the national level. • Provide professional development opportunities for K – 12 computing teachers. • Provide awareness and advocacy for Computer Science Education at the local, state, and national levels. • Membership • K – 12 computing teachers • 2- and 4- year college professors

  27. Kentucky Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Missouri New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York (Long Island, Western NY, Lower Hudson Valley) CSTA Regional Chapters • Arizona • Arkansas • California (4) • Canada-Alberta • Colorado • Connecticut • Florida • Georgia • Illinois • North Carolina • Ohio • Oregon • Pennsylvania • South Carolina • Texas (2) • Utah • Virginia (2) • Washington

  28. CSTA Chapter Activities include • Computer contests for Middle School/HS students • Programming • Web Technologies • Robotics • Gaming • Professional Development Workshops • Greenfoot (Java) • Scratch • CS Principles Course Modules • Gaming • Cryptography • Robotics • App Inventor • Android

  29. CSTA Chapter Activities include • Developing Careers Resources • Posters • Brochures • Videos • Lesson Plans • Newsletters • Conferences • Workshops

  30. CSTA Chapter Activities include • Activities to encourage computing • Girls Have 'IT' Day • Career Day • CS Ed Week

  31. CSTA Why Should I Join??? • Membership Benefits: • Access to virtual binders on key topics such as Careers, Equity, Teaching Strategies, and Computational Thinking • Access to research on computer science education • CSTA Advocate Blog featuring Announcements, Breaking News, and Points of Interest • Online access to Crossroads, ACM's magazine for college students • TechNews, ACM's tri-weekly online IT news digest • MemberNet, ACM's bimonthly online newsletter with the latest CSTA and ACM news • Access to the Career Resource Centre, ACM's source for career articles, job board, and career assessment tools

  32. CSTA Why Should I Join??? • Membership Benefits: • Listing of regular meeting times/activities on the CSTA Chapters Webpage • An avenue to meet and work with K-12 computing teachers • CSTA Voice bi-monthly publication • Free classroom posters and career resource materials for students • Preferred registration for the CSTA annual conference (CS&IT) • Access to professional development videos and podcasts • Access to reports on key topics such as teacher certification, national standards, and equity

  33. Summary • What can YOU do? • Be aware that the problem begins in elementary school • Open a dialogue with a local school (college faculty) or your school administration (teachers) • Provide / take advantage of professional development opportunities for teachers • Join Forces and Become an Advocate • We are not going to be represented if we don’t speak up for ourselves • Partner up! • Making distinctions between CS and IT only hurts ourselves • There is power in numbers

  34. Summary • Join CSTA… It’s FREE!  • Stay up to date on CS “happenings” in K-12 • Volunteer to assist on a project • Help start / support a local CSTA chapter

  35. Anita Verno Bergen Community College Questions? Brian Fuschetto Lyndhurst High School, NJ