NSF District Partnership

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.

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

  • Low cost instruction for four, 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 (Summer 2018)
    • Teaching and Learning of Programming (2018-2019 School Year)
    • Algorithms and Data Structures (Summer 2019)
    • Foundational Concepts of Computer Science (2019-2020 School Year)
  • Funding for at least 25 teachers including stipends to cover tuition, mileage to in-person meetings, textbooks, and compensation for each in-person meetings attended.

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 one-day workshop during the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Offer an “appropriate” CS course in their district no later than the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • 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.

At this time our partnership is completely filled to capacity. However, we are looking at additional funding sources and plan to expand to a second cohort of schools/districts by the summer of 2019. School districts interested in becoming future members of the partnership should contact Dr. Ben Schafer at schafer@cs.uni.edu.