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The JETT Program: Building a Learning Partnership Between High School & University Computer Science Educators. Chris Stephenson Suzanne Menzel Kelly Van Busum. Introductions. Chris Stephenson Oregon State University, New School of Education Suzanne Menzel

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The JETT Program:Building a Learning Partnership Between High School & University Computer Science Educators

Chris Stephenson

Suzanne Menzel

Kelly Van Busum

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introductions
Introductions

Chris Stephenson

Oregon State University, New School of Education

Suzanne Menzel

Indiana University, Computer Science Department

Kelly Van Busum

DePauw University, Computer Science Department

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high school cs is changing
High School CS is Changing
  • Different programming languages
  • Multiple classes
  • Combined classes
  • Preconceived notions of computer science

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relationship building is important
Relationship Building is Important
  • Mutually beneficial
    • High schools
    • Universities
  • Gets students interested in science
  • Improves retention rates
  • Community outreach is good for everyone

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identifying teacher skills needs
Identifying Teacher Skills Needs
  • The AP switch from C++ to Java created concerns about teacher preparedness
  • A CSTA/ACM national survey of high school computer science teachers in 2003 highlighted a significant number of skill and confidence gaps that were used to provide recommendations to JETT host sites

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survey results
Survey Results

The survey revealed that CS teachers have the least amount of knowledge about the following elements of the AP course:

  • O-O design
  • Advanced O-O concepts
  • Exceptions
  • Data structures
  • Class variables and methods
  • Intro to object-oriented programming in Java
  • Input using a console class

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what is jett
What is JETT?

Java Engagement For

Teacher Training

A multi-level mentorship program to provide relevant professional development to high school teachers and address the growing equity issues in computing education

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the jett model
The JETT Model
  • Involves university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, College Board computer science consultants, local high school teachers and CSTA/ACM
  • Universities host a workshop and provide ongoing learning/mentoring experiences for local high school teachers
  • Host sites apply to be part of the JETT program and applications are reviewed by the JETT Steering Committee
  • Acceptance is based upon the extent to which the school meets the JETT criteria

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the jett criteria
The JETT Criteria

All host sites must:

  • Assemble a planning group (a university faculty member, at least one graduate student, and a College Board AP CS endorsed consultant)
  • Provide a program for face-to-face learning for teachers
  • Incorporate a component that addresses the engagement of students not traditionally attracted to computer science
  • Provide ongoing community support for high school CS educators
  • Make the teaching materials developed for this workshop available to the central JETT web repository (hosted by ACM) for distribution to educators

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central support
Central Support

CSTA/ACM Provide a JETT Coordinator who:

  • Helps guide host sites through the application process
  • Helps the site reach out to local teachers and provides on-going promotional support
  • Helps to identify possible sources of funding
  • Works with the College Board to find an AP consultant
  • Oversees the centralized registration for all sites
  • Manages the JETT website
  • Manages the workshop evaluation process
  • Provides event swag for teacher participants

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benefits of being a jett host
Benefits of Being a JETT Host
  • Provides professional development for high school teachers
  • Exposes teachers to a broad view of computer science
  • Helps recruit top students from participating high schools
  • Showcases campus, faculty, and computing facilities
  • Rewarding for faculty and students

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finding funding sources
Finding Funding Sources

Finding funding for the workshop can be a challenge. Here are some possible sources:

  • From your department and others (Cs, Informatics, Business
  • From other Deans such as the Office of Women’s Affairs
  • From local or national corporations or businesses (especially those doing business with your institution)

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finding teachers
Finding Teachers

It really helps to do local recruiting of teachers:

  • ACM-provided state wide mailing lists
  • Listserv announcements
  • DOE website
  • Events calendars (faculty, university, etc.)
  • Local ACM chapter
  • Brochure
  • Add extra events such as a film screening
  • Offer freebies (books, ACM memberships, iPod raffle)

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why deal with gender issues
Why Deal with Gender Issues?
  • Raises general awareness
  • Builds a community of people who care
  • Provides support for women teachers

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how do we do it
How Do We Do It?
  • Devote a special session to the topic
  • Panel discussion: involve faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students
  • Make women a strong presence by using mostly female lab assistants
  • Address the problem when discussing teaching strategies

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how do teachers respond
How Do Teachers Respond?
  • Teachers respond positively
  • Raises their awareness
  • Prompts them to act as agents of change in their schools

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using the model beyond java
Using the Model Beyond Java
  • Working with students directly
  • Teaching teachers
  • Introducing computer science, not just programming
  • Promoting science education

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what have we learned
What Have We Learned?
  • Focus on a few fundamental topics
  • Include fun topics like Java3D
  • Show computing in context (e.g. weather modeling)
  • Parallel tracks are good: Decaf and Expresso

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the jett model evolves
The JETT Model Evolves

We have continually refined JETT to make it a better experience for host sites and teachers:

  • Streamlining the application process
  • Providing exemplars from successful sites
  • Helping sites improve their knowledge of AP requirements
  • Improving the evaluation process
  • Providing more information on funding sources
  • Sharing instructional resources among sites

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contact information
Contact Information

Chris Stephenson (Computer Science Teachers Association)

cstephenson@acm.org

Suzanne Menzel (Indiana University)

menzel@indiana.edu

Kelly Van Busum (Depauw University)

kvanbusum@depauw.edu

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