ComPASS: Computing Principles for All Students' Success
The University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University have teamed up to deliver an exciting new curriculum in San Diego county: the Computing Principles for All Students’ Success (ComPASS) Project. ComPASS will build local capacity for teaching the proposed new Advanced Placement CS Principles (CSP) course. ComPASS will create novel curricula and methodology content for teacher profession development. Teachers in the Fall 2011 cohort who will be teaching the ComPASS curriculum include:
Pat Giovengo, Grossmont High School
Kevin Grump, Oceanside High School
Joe Pistone, Sweetwater High School
Mike Skocko, Valhalla High School
Christy Moore, Mira Mesa High School
Barbara Adams, Lincoln High School
Kris Stewart, San Diego State University
ComPASS will build comprehensive, multi-pronged, flexible, and scalable infrastructure to train and support teachers and faculty and it will pilot that infrastructure at 2 universities, 5 community colleges, and 15 high schools. The project’s research component will evaluate the use of blended-learning approaches in transferring effective pedagogical techniques to diverse instructor groups. In addition, the pilot sites have been chosen to reflect a commitment to serving underrepresented populations and the research plan includes a qualitative study of the attitudes of those students with respect to course content and their beliefs about computing.
ComPASS will foster the implementation of broadbased, inclusive, and motivational education in computing foundations and computational thinking for all students, regardless of their eventual career path. The ComPASS project will directly impact 105 pre-service teachers, 19 in-service teachers, and about 5000 students. If successful, its model could be adopted at other universities, colleges, and school districts.
Award Abstract #1138492 & #1138512
Collaborative Research: Type 1: CE 21