Rice University School Mathematics Project WeTeach_CS Collaborative


Dr. Richard Parr
Executive Director, Rice University School Mathematics Project


The Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) proposes to develop the Rice University School Mathematics Project’s WeTeach_CS Collaborative (Collaborative) designed to provide customizable professional development experiences in Computer Science (CS) for twenty-four teachers from the Houston Independent School District (HISD) during January - August 2018. RUSMP was established in 1987 in order to provide a bridge between the Rice University mathematics research community and Houston-area mathematics teachers. This proposed Collaborative will build on RUSMP’s rich history of exemplary service to the STEM education community and expands on RUSMP’s current efforts as a Code.org Regional Partner. The Collaborative is aligned with RUSMP’s major goal to increase the content and pedagogical knowledge of PreK-12 STEM teachers and support them in implementing more effective programs. All RUSMP programs focus on developing teachers’ competence in content-knowledge and pedagogical skills, while integrating and promoting the need for teachers to care about all their students, especially student populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM. The Collaborative will focus on developing twenty teachers from HISD high schools where CS courses were not offered last year. These twenty-four teachers, who will be participating in the Code.org CS Discoveries Professional Learning Program offered through RUSMP, will receive additional support through the Collaborative to help their schools’ CS programs. The proposed Collaborative has the potential of transforming the teaching of CS at targeted high school campuses through the recruitment, professional development, and mentoring of the twenty middle school teachers selected as the Collaborative participants.

Administrative Team Members

NameProfessional Title
Dr. Richard ParrExecutive Director
Ms. Lilly BonnerProject Administrator
Dr. Adem EkmekciDirector of Research and Evaluation
Dr. Susan TroutmanDirector of Secondary Programs

Training Events

WeTeachCS Orientation 4/23/2018 - 4/23/2018
WeTeachCS Round Table Discussion 5/21/2018 - 5/21/2018
WeTeachCS Summit Debreifing6/25/2018 - 6/25/2018
TeachTXCon7/30/2018 - 8/3/2018
CS Certification Workshop4/24/2018 - 4/24/2018
CS Certification Workshop6/5/2018 - 6/5/2018
CS Certification Workshop6/26/2018 - 6/26/2018
WeTeachCS Summit6/19/2018 - 6/21/2018
Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers (Spring 2018)4/23/2018 - 7/15/2018
Mobile Computing with App Inventor4/23/2018 - 5/22/2018
IT Support: Troubleshooting Microsoft Office4/21/2018 - 4/28/2018
IT Support: Hardware Essentials4/21/2018 - 4/28/2018
Java SE 8 Programming Course5/1/2018 - 5/31/2018
Introduction to Java Programming - Part 15/1/2018 - 6/30/2018
CS Fundamentals6/8/2018 - 6/8/2018
DEV262x: Logic and Computational Thinking6/1/2018 - 7/31/2018
PATHFINDERS SUMMER INSTITUTE 20187/16/2018 - 7/20/2018
COMP107x: Introduction to Mobile Application Development using Android6/1/2018 - 7/15/2018
Project Lead the Way Cybersecurity Workshop7/23/2018 - 7/27/2018
HTML5 and CSS Fundamentals7/1/2018 - 8/3/2018