January 2016: Following President Obama's State of the Union Address, the CCC publishes the Whitepaper on The Importance of Computing Education Research having Susanne Hambrusch as one of the authors. The whitepaper recognizes the increase in the number of undergraduates declaring a computing major and suggests that right now we have an unparalleled opportunity to expand the reach of computing education through the burgeoning field of Computing Education Research.
January 2016: Susanne Hambrusch is an invited participant in the Google Summit on Retention in Undergraduate Computer Science program held at Mountain View, California.
November 2015: Yizhou Qian and Jim Lehman presented a poster on misconceptions in computer science and efforts of the project to help teachers address students' misconceptions at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) annual conference in Indianapolis, IN.
November 2015: Phil Sands and Debbie Hagen presented two sessions at the Indiana Business Educators Association conference in Indianapolis, IN. The first session was designed for new computer science teachers and discussed content, pedagogy and course design. The second session focused on teaching sorting and search algorithms for the AP Computer Science A course.
July 2015: Aman Yadav and Phil Sands attend the CSTA meeting in Texas. Debbie Hagen, Aman Yadav, and Phil Sands continue visiting PLTW Core Training sessions in Dayton, Ohio, Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Terre Haute, Indiana. Over 40 teachers visited and will be participating in the PD4CS project.
March 2015: Bennett Brown, Tim Korb, Phil Sands, and Aman Yadav attended SIGCSE 2015 in Kansas City. Bennett presented at a panel session of groups creating professional development materials for CS Principles teachers.
January 2015: Aman Yadav, Susanne Hambrusch, and Tim Korb, along with PLTW partners Bennett Brown and Jason Taylor, attended the NSF-sponsored CE21 meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
January 2015: Aman Yadav's CSTA Blog highlights the importance of assessment in K-12 computer science education and the CSTA Assessment Landscape Planning Committee he is chairing.
November 2014: Deborah Hagen and Phil Sands presented at the Indiana Business Educators Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Sessions included strategies for teaching introductory CS and recruiting for a diverse CS classroom.
November 2014: Yizhou Qian attended the 2014 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended sessions on the state of computer science education in K-12 classrooms and he participated in discussions on computer science education.
October 2014: Tim Korb attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
July 2014: Susanne Hambrusch participated on the panel “CS Education in K-12 at the National Scale” at the 2014 CRA Conference at Snowbird and gave a presentation on “Computing Education Researchfor pre-K to life-long learning.”
July 2014: Graduate student Yizhou Qian taught a course “Fun With Programming” in Purdue's 2014 Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) Summer Residential Camp. Yizhou successfully used the developed JIT material on algorithmic thinking and problem solving to enhance computational thinking skills of the young campers.
April 2014: The first External Advisory Committee Meeting of the project was held April 24 and 25 at Purdue University. The committee included Steve Cooper (Stanford), Robert Floden (Michigan State University), and Joanna Goode (University of Oregon).
March 2014: Susanne Hambrusch and Aman Yadav participated in the workshop on “Future Directions in Computing Education” held at Stanford University March 24-25, 2014. The NSF supported meeting focused on institutional challenges to supporting and growing computing education research.
March 2014: Tim Korb and Phil Sands attended SIGCSE 2014 in Atlanta.
January 2014: Aman Yadav, Tim Korb, and Susanne Hambrusch attended the Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) PI and Community Meeting held in Orlando, FL on January 6-8, 2014. The meeting brings together experts in computer science education, broadening participation in computing, and traditional education researchers to build new partnerships and collaborations, and the leveraging of ongoing work.
December 2013: NSF's press release on Increasing accessibility to computer science education across the U.S. with a description of project PD4CS.
December 2013: Aman Yadav and Tim Korb will be attending a CISE and EHR meeting at National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C to discuss the new STEM-C partnerships.
November 2013: Debbie Hagen has joined project PD4CS as a consultant. Until June 2013, Debbie was the Computer Science teacher at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana where she taught CS AP, C++, Visual Basic, and Web Design. Debbie's teaching experience will be of tremendous value in the professional development effort.
November 2013: Aman Yadav's has been recognized as a University Faculty Scholar effective January 2014. Purdue's University Faculty Scholars Program recognizes outstanding faculty members who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction. Faculty Scholars are appointed for a nonrenewable five year term and receive an annual discretionary allocation. Congratulations, Aman!
September 2013: The National Science Foundation awards Purdue University, in partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a grant on “Leading the Way to CS10K: Assessing a Just-in-Time Professional Development Approach for Teacher Knowledge Growth in Computer Science.”
August 2013: Dr. Aman Yadav begins his Faculty Fellowship for Study in a Second Discipline in Computer Science.