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In this article, we use evidence to describe seven key lessons from a four-year district-wide computer science implementation project between Howard University and the District of Columbia Public Schools. These lessons are: (a) Get to know the school counselors (and other key personnel); (b) Expect personnel changes and strategic reorganization within school districts; (c) Be innovative to build and maintain community; (d) Be flexible when developing instruments and curricula; (e) Maintain a firm commitment to equity; (f) Develop tiered content and prepare to make philosophical adjustments; and (g) Identify markers of sustainability. We also include original curricula materials including the Computer Science Course Evaluation and the Computational Thinking Survey. The seven lessons and curricula materials provided in this study can be used to inform the development of future computer science researcher-practitioner partnerships.
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Anderson, K. A., Burge, L. L., Shine, T. J., Mejias, M., & Jean-Pierre, K. (2018). Lessons Learned from a District-wide Implementation of a Computer Science Initiative in the District of Columbia Public Schools. Journal of Computer Science Integration, 1 (1). https://doi.org/10.26716/jcsi.2018.01.1.2