During the implementation phase, participating teachers are trained (on-site and online), while a select group of Tech Leaders are coached in sustaining and scaling the work. The CAL curriculum is evaluated for impact through a randomized control trial design with delayed treatment. Impact in K-2 is assessed through differences in learning outcomes in computational thinking and coding skills, math, and language development. A transfer and sustainability study compares fidelity of implementation across groups and measures perceived sustainability through interviews with teachers and Tech Leaders and the development of a strategic plan for being able to continue the work after the grant period ends.

Data is being collected from teachers implementing the ScratchJr CAL curriculum in their classrooms and their students. Data from educators is be collected through qualitative interviews, surveys, lesson logs, and assessments of educators’ coding knowledge, before and after the professional development and curriculum implementation. We also collect data from students, specifically validated researcher-developed coding/computational thinking assessments, student ScratchJr projects resulting from their coding curriculum experience, as well as standardized literacy and math assessments administered through their schools.

CAL-ScratchJr is being implemented in select public schools in the Rhode Island and within the Boston Public school district. The curriculum implementation is beginning in mid-fall for Rhode Island schools, and January of 2022 for the Boston Public Schools.

This work is funded by the US Dept of Education (grant #U411C190006) and by the Scratch Foundation