How Is This Project Funded?

Knowing the basics of computer science can open doors to virtually any career in our fast-growing 21st-century economy.

Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA)

Federal Education Innovation & Research Grant

The federal Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program provides funding to:

  • create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and

  • rigorously evaluate such innovations.

The EIR Program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. The EIR is established under section 4611 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The EIR Program annually offers three types of research grants: Early Phase, to support exploration and investigation of solutions to persistent educational challenges; Mid-Phase, to build evidence of the effectiveness of practices designed during the early phase; and Expansion, to replicate and scale successful practices in new schools and districts. In the fall of 2019, SSDA received a $4 million Early-Phase EIR grant that will be implemented through 2024-25.

The Role of Participant Cohorts in Implementation

Because CS4NorCal is funded through a federal Education Innovation and Research grant, participants will be placed in staggered cohorts, allowing the SSDA team to co-design the implementation with local partners from each county office of education, evaluate processes and refine the model over the course of the project. Each cohort will receive intensive professional development that will start a year at a time, commencing during the summer of 2021.

In conjunction with our research partner, UC Davis, SSDA will evaluate project implementation each year, learning from participant and student outcomes how to refine the professional learning and instructional delivery models. Throughout the process, SSDA and UCD also will evaluate student and teacher outcomes of a control group, which will participate in the project’s professional learning intervention at the project’s end, 2024-25.

Schools may identify their first and second choice for cohort placement (pilot, expansion 1, expansion 2, control); however, final placement will consider size and demographic composition of schools within cohorts to ensure they are balanced and meet the requirements of the research study. Approximately half of participating schools and teachers will be assigned to the control group while the remaining participants will be spread across the other 3 cohorts.

See below for more information about the cohort experience and participation schedule.

CS4NorCal Experience by Cohort
Cohort scheduling

Key Components of Computer Science Implementation Model

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