Relevant research that both informs the work of CPS and contributes to the field of education research

Through collaborations between education researchers and practitioners, the Chicago Alliance for Equity in Computer Science (CAFÉCS) has produced relevant research that both informs the work of CPS and contributes to the field of education research related to theory of computer science education, student learning and effective partnerships. This section provides an archive of CAFÉCS publications.

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Scaling high school AP computer science: Access and outcomes from Chicago Public Schools

To understand student access and success in advanced coursework in computer science (CS), we investigated AP CSP participation and outcomes in CPS.

    Jun 2020

    Research, relationships, and reflection: How three research-practice partnerships support practitioners’ use of research evidence.

    A primary goal of RPPs is to impact decision making in education through the use of research evidence.


    Mar 2020

    Using research-practice partnerships to improve practice in Chicago Public School

    This paper reports initial findings from this evaluation, focusing on the second and third dimensions: (1) conducting rigorous research to inform action and (2) supporting the partner organization to achieve its goals.


    May 2019


    Apr 2019

    Study of access and outcomes from advanced computer science coursework in the Chicago Public Schools” poster in Structured Poster Session CS for All: An intersectional approach to unpacking equity in computer science education

    The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has taken a unique approach to broadening participation of low-income students, students of color, and girls by establishing Computer Science (CS) as a high school graduation requirement.


    Apr 2019

    Chicago Alliance For Equity in Computer Science (CAFECS): Cycles of improvement” poster in Special Session: A discussion of research practice partnerships in CS education

    CAFÉCS builds upon a long-term partnership between Chicago Public Schools (CPS), The Learning Partnership, Depaul University, Loyola University, and the University of Illinois Chicago.


    Mar 2019

    AI in K–12: An interactive workshop

    How does Artificial Intelligence (AI) work? In this hands-on session we will step through an example of capturing expertise, creating a game that is smart enough to then beat us.


    May 2018

    Internet of things (IoT) Micro:bits

    You may have heard of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices becoming common in our homes, cars, at work, and in public spaces. Come experience a hands-on session playing with an IoT device called a Micro:bit.


    May 2018