The “Building an Operating System for Computer Science” (OS4CS) study was designed as a collaborative research and communication effort to establish a more comprehensive understanding of the nation’s current high school CS teaching population, the supports they have, and the contexts in which they teach.
The OS4CS study has five major components. The first, the PD Landscape Study, provided several recommendations for improving CS PD that were grounded in principles for good PD that emerged from the PD literature (see Resources for PD). Recognizing that one size does not fit all, the Landscape Study recommendations were framed to encourage the field to move from “less” to “more” effective PD practices. The recommendations were intended to be guidelines that would help move the field toward more coherence, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of the range of current and future CS teachers.
After findings from that study were presented at a meeting of Principal Investigators (PIs) from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program in January 2013, many expressed interest in exploring these recommendations, and the implications for their work, further. The Design Studio was developed as a result of the interests and needs of NSF CE21 PIs, as well as the broader CS PD provider community.
During the CS Design Studio in Chicago, participants engaged in a collaborative process to (1) explore existing literature on effective PD; (2) consider implications of best PD practices from mathematics and science education for CS education; and (3) identify ways to improve their own CS PD to support current high school CS teachers.