UNI Partnership for CS Teacher Preparation

The University of Northern Iowa Partnership for CS Teacher Preparation currently consists of the University of Northern Iowa CS Education program, Central Rivers AEA, and twenty-nine partner school districts across Iowa. Map of our current partners.

Originally founded in 2017 as a National Science Foundation Research Practitioner Partnership (RPP) the partnership is the recent recipient of a two-year CSForAll grant.  The goal of the partnership is to provide teachers with high-quality professional development in computer science while gathering evaluation data from the teachers and, eventually, their students.

The partnership is hoping to expand to a second cohort of districts/teachers as a collaboration between UNI and Drake University.   We hope that this expansion will have most of the same benefits as the original cohort.   This cohort will begin classwork starting summer of 2019 and will meet in the Des Moines area for the face-to-face components of the course.  Teachers or districts interested in learning when this cohort opens for applications should complete this form to get on our mailing list.

Through the partnership the University of Northern Iowa CS Education program will provide:

  • Free or reduced-cost instruction for five, three-credit, graduate workshop courses appropriate for license renewal and for use towards the newly approved CS teaching endorsement from the Iowa BOEE
    • Fundamentals of Programming
    • Teaching and Learning of Programming
    • Algorithms and Data Structures
    • Foundational Concepts of Computer Science
    • Methods in Computer Science

School districts accepted in to the partnership will:

  • Identify at least one teacher per high school to participate in the program.
  • Send at least one administrator and one guidance counselor to a half-day workshop.
  • Offer an “appropriate” CS course in their district no later than the second year of their cohort.
  • Facilitate the administration of research instruments (surveys, benchmark exams, etc.) to students in the CS class(es) offered by the district as a result of the partnership.
  • Share student population demographics and aggregate academic information (by gender, race, socio-economic status, etc.) at both a school and course level.

School districts interested in becoming future members of the partnership should contact Dr. Ben Schafer at schafer@cs.uni.edu.