AIR@NE Adapt, implement and research

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Apply now for the AIR@NE grant for K-8 computer science teachers

Twenty-eight teachers are being recruited for the first year of CSForAll: Adapt, Implement, and Research at Nebraska (AIR@NE), an NSF-funded grant which will examine the adaptation and implementation of a validated K-8 Computer Science curriculum in diverse school districts. The grant will expand the Research-Practitioner Partnership between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) to other districts across Nebraska. The primary goal is to study how districts facing different contextual challenges, including rural schools, majority-minority schools, and Native American reservation schools, adapt the curriculum to fit local needs and strengths to broaden participation in computer science.

The application is now open. The first review will be conducted after Dec. 1 with selection decisions made following that. Subsequent completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 2019.

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Cohorts and benefits

A cohort of teachers will be recruited each year to take summer courses (2019-2021). The first cohort of 28 teachers will take courses in Lincoln in the summer of 2019 and have academic-year follow-up work in 2019-2020. The second cohort will be held in Grand Island, starting in summer 2020 with academic-year follow-up in 2020-2021, while cohort 3 will meet in Omaha starting in summer 2021, with academic-year follow-up in 2021-2022. There is no travel funding available for commuting to courses, so if you are not a Lincoln area teacher, you should wait for the recruitment period to open for the 2020 and 2021 cohorts.

What you will receive if selected:

  • Tuition and fees for two graduate courses (except for the $50 graduate application fee) in Summer 2019: Introduction to Computer Science I for Teachers (CSCE 805T, June 3-7) and CS Pedagogy (TEAC 851L, June 10-14); optional: tuition and fees for one graduate course the following summer: Introduction to Computer Science II for Teachers (CSCE 806T, June 2019)
  • For elementary teachers: $1,500 worth of computer science hardware and software (i.e. iPads, robotics)
  • For middle school teachers: $600 worth of computer science hardware and software (i.e. iPads, robotics)
  • Funding to travel to one conference (e.g., NETA or CSTA)
  • During academic year, attend five Saturday meetings and earn $100 per meeting
  • Participation in a statewide community of K-8 computer science teachers, providing mutual support for teaching and learning computer science.
LPS Computer Science
LPS Computer Science

Eligibility and Application

Eligibility

  • K-8 Nebraska teacher
  • Have to teach at least one computer science class to students at least once per week
  • Agree to be part of the research project (agree to observations, completion of questionnaires and surveys, and interviews and collect student data)
  • Your principal/district support your teaching of computer science and participation in this grant

Application

The application has two parts, (1) to AIR@NE and (2) to UNL. You should first apply to AIR@NE. If selected, then you will need to apply to UNL as a graduate student. AIR@NE application
  • Basic information (school, years of experience, etc.)
  • Letter of intent (Why do you want to participate in this project? What is your interest in or experience with computer science?)
  • Letter of recommendation from your principal or other administrator showing their support for your participation in this program and affirming that you will be teaching computer science to at least one class of students

If you are selected to participate in AIR@NE, then you must apply to UNL as a non-degree, post-baccalaureate graduate student, for Summer Semester 2019. NOTE: if you do want to use the AIR@NE courses toward a master's degree from UNL, instead of non-degree, post-baccalaureate, you should select Teaching Learning and Teacher Ed (MA). More information about the TLTE MA degree. You may apply first as a non-degree-seeking graduate student, but will have to pay the UNL application fee again if you decide later to apply for a master's degree.

Please if you have questions about your eligibility, the applications, or the program in general.

Personnel

Dr. Leen-Kiat Soh, Computer Science and Engineering, Principal Investigator
Dr. Gwen Nugent, Child, Youth and Family Studies, Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Wendy Smith, Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Kent Steen, Lincoln Public Schools, Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Guy Trainin, Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, Co-Principal Investigator

Administrative support for AIR@NE is provided by UNL’s Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education.

Leen Kiat Soh, UNL