AWSM in CS Teacher Invitation & Application
The University of Texas at Austin is excited to invite you to apply to partner with us in the Accelerating Women’s Success and Mastery in Computer Science (AWSM in CS) project, a 3-year initiative and research study. Dr. Carol Fletcher, the Deputy Director and Director of Outreach for the UT STEM Center, is serving as the principal investigator for this project.

AWSM in CS (pronounced “Awesome in CS”) is designed to improve the recruitment, retention and success of females in high school computer science courses. As a partner, you will network with other computer science teachers and actively explore root causes as well as test strategic solutions to this problem.

This research study is different than most. Unlike a traditional research study, teachers in school districts will be partners and not subjects of this research. Leveraging teacher expertise is vital to understanding this problem more deeply.

You will receive free access to and be required to participate in a rigorous professional development, including:
• A 1-week summer institute from Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14, 2018 to kickoff your participation
• A 6-week online course in the Spring 2020: Strategies for Effective and Inclusive CS Teaching

You will grow as a leader in the computer science education community by:
• Regular engagement in the AWSM in CS online community
• Participating in our monthly AWSM in CS virtual conference calls (after school hours)
• Attending 1-day face-to-face meetings every Fall and Spring through the duration of the study
• Engaging in a week of face-to-face activities in Summer 2020 and Summer 2021, including a cohort meeting as well as attendance at the WeTeach_CS Summit.

As an active partner in this research study, all teachers will:
• Test out strategies for broadening female participation in their computer science courses each semester and reflect on the outcomes with the group
• Collaborate with the research team to participate in interviews, surveys, and classroom observations

Your direct benefits for participating as a partner in this research study include:
• A stipend of $750 per year
• Free registration to the WeTeach_CS Summit for the second and third years of the study
• Free professional development in partnership with the National Center for Women & Information Technology
• The opportunity to grow as a leader in the computer science education community through regional and national conference presentations

While this is an amazing opportunity, it also comes with a commitment from your school. To participate, we require a letter from your principal stating the following:
• A commitment to offering at least one computer science course in the 2019-2020 school year and assigning you as the teacher of that course. A listing of eligible CS courses can be found at: www.tinyurl.com/TexasCS
• A commitment to allowing you to attend a 1-day AWSM in CS meeting each semester of the grant during the school year, beginning in Fall 2019 (Our program will not cover the cost of substitute teachers)

Thank you in advance for your interest in participating! Please direct any questions to ryan.torbey@utexas.edu.

Applications for participation close on Friday, February 8th. Teachers who work in schools with large percentages of free and reduced lunch students and/or high ethnic diversity will be prioritized for admission into this project. Selection notifications will be sent to teachers on February 15th.

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