How Can My School Participate?

Step 1: Express Your Interest

Visit interest.cs4norcal.org to express your interest to participate in the CS4NorCal project. After submitting to the Interest Form, the Small School Districts' Association Team will contact you with more information about the project and answer any questions you have.

Step 2: Register to Participate

Because the CS4NorCal project is funded by a federal research grant, we are studying the impact our implementation model has on developing sustainable computer science pathways. One way to measure that impact is to collect and analyze data from schools receiving the “treatment” – or professional learning – in 2021-22 and 2022-23 with similar data collected from schools not yet receiving the treatment. These are the “comparison schools.” CS4NorCal is unusual, though, in the level of service it is offering to interested comparison schools. Those that are interested may receive the full “treatment” of professional learning starting in June 2023 or June 2024. On the other hand, comparison schools may elect to support the project simply by agreeing to provide some teacher and student data for our study.

Start Date: June 2022

As a "Treatment School" participating in the CS4NorCal federally-funded research grant, you commit to participating in 2 full years of compensated professional learning and data reporting.

To begin your two-year professional learning experience, please register for your 2022 Summer of CS Workshop:

To participate beginning in June 2022, please submit your registration(s) by May 20, 2022.


Start Date: June 2023 or June 2024

As a "Comparison School" participating in the CS4NorCal federally-funded research grant, you receive as much as 2 full years of compensated professional learning and commit to providing a minimal amount of data (SmarterBalanced scores, teacher & student surveys) prior to the start of the professional learning experience in June 2023 or June 2024.

Teachers and students will complete spring (2022 & ‘23 or 2023 & ‘24) surveys about their knowledge and interest in CS education prior to beginning professional learning experience.

As a reminder, comparison schools may elect to support the project simply by agreeing to provide some teacher and student data for our study.

Step 3: Sign and Submit the Commitment and Data Use Agreements

Start Date: June 2022

Upon receiving one or more registrations from your school, the CS4NorCal team will email you two documents for signature:

  1. A school commitment agreement

  2. A school or district data use agreement

To participate beginning in June 2022, please complete your registration(s) and return the signed agreements to info@cs4norcal.org by May 20, 2022.

Start Date: June 2023 or June 2024

Upon receiving a submission to the Comparison School Registration Form:

Comparison school registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis until the limited number of professional learning seats are filled.

General Information

CS4NorCal Orientation Event - January 26, 2022

On January 26, 2022, the Small School Districts' Association hosted the annual CS4NorCal Orientation Event. This 90-minute webinar intended to:

  • To provide a clear understanding of the purpose, resources, benefits, and expectations of the CS4NorCal project

  • To inform potential participants about how to determine whether this project is a fit for them

  • To provide information about how to become a CS4NorCal participant

If you were unable to attend, please review the interactive slide deck and webinar recording.

Interactive Slide Deck

22-01-26 - CS4NorCal Orientation Event

Webinar Recording

22-01-26 - CS4NorCal Orientation Event Recording.mp4

CS4NorCal will support school-level of teams leading to a total of up to 265 individual teacher participants. Participants must commit to support the project's intent to develop multi-grade CS pathways as opposed to individual CS courses or activities. SSDA encourages counties to look for opportunities for cross-school, cross-district partnerships to extend pathways across grade levels and maximize opportunities for equitable access for all students.

School participation will be staggered over the 5-year project, which supports an innovative approach to design, pilot, refine, expand, and assess a regional approach to CS implementation. In the planning year, project partners (SSDA, SCOE, UC Davis) will work with County Office of Education CS leads to co-design the regional implementation approach. Beginning in 2021-22, the first cohort of schools will pilot the design and continue through the refinement and expansion phases. In subsequent years, 2nd and 3rd cohorts of schools will enter the project refinement and expansion phases. In the final year of the project, 2024-25, the final cohort will have the opportunity to implement a fully refined CS model, and the project team will conduct the final evaluation.

Opportunity

Participation

JOIN IN 2022, 2023, or 2024

Participate in two consecutive years of the project, based on cohort placement.

TEAM PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Participate in professional learning events as teams that include one administrator and one counselor (for schools/districts that employ counselor(s)).

DATA COLLECTION ACTIVITIES

Participate in data collection activities to support the learning and evaluation of the project.


Data collection activities may include, taking surveys, participating in interviews and/or focus groups, sharing student participation and outcome data, and artifacts of teaching and learning.

IMPLEMENT CS EDUCATION

Implement CS education across at least two grade levels, which may occur across a variety of experiences and settings (e.g., integrated with math or science, standalone electives or technology class, CTE pathway, extended-day events or summer school). Minimal amounts of CS instruction should fall within these guidelines, which are aligned with content described in the California CS Standards:


  • 20 hours a year for students in grades K-5

  • 50 hours a year for students in grades 6-8

  • 300 hours during a student’s enrollment in grades 9-12

GRANT FUNDED

Because CS4NorCal is funded by a federal grant, SSDA will cover costs associated with participation. All professional learning activities -- including summer boot camps, academic year workshops, quarterly communities of practice and ongoing technical assistance -- will be free of charge. Access to all of the nationally validated, standards aligned curriculum will be provided at no cost or low cost. Furthermore, SSDA will provide stipends to teachers who participate in the project.

CS4NorCal Overview and Application Process