CS for All Teachers is launching its second cohort of community ambassadors to lead engagement activities within the virtual community of practice (CoP). To implement an effective and sustainable virtual CoP, it is critical to establish a system of strong community facilitation and leadership, driven by member needs and interests.
Over the past year, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) team, who manages the CS for All Teachers community, has cultivated an inaugural corps of teacher leaders to serve as community ambassadors. These individuals have acted as our advisory board, providing input and guidance on the interests and needs of PK–12 teachers, and taken on various leadership duties within the community. Together, we identified challenges, areas for professional development, and gaps in the knowledge base to determine the engagement activities.
The AIR team is currently recruiting a second cohort of community ambassadors for CS for All Teachers. We will offer ongoing support and professional development to these leaders through monthly planning webinars to ensure they are prepared to take on these leadership tasks, which may include:
- Serving as a virtual facilitator for one of the community’s discussion groups,
- Organizing and hosting webinars for community members over the course of the year,
- Writing blog posts about CS education in PreK-12 classrooms,
- Promoting community activities through various social media channels, and
- Providing feedback to the AIR team.
A stipend will be provided in exchange for the community ambassadors’ leadership. Funding for this stipend is currently pending approval of a renewal grant from the National Science Foundation. Ambassadors will be asked to participate in a face-to-face meeting from July 7-10 in conjunction with the CSTA conference in Omaha, Nebraska (travel to be covered by AIR/CS for All Teachers).
If you are interested in applying, please submit your application via this Google form no later than Thursday, May 31 at 5pm ET.
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