Computational Thinking Integration Project: Michigan (CTIP Michigan)
The purpose of the project is to build computational thinking confidence, competency and capacity within K-8 school teachers, develop student skills and self-efficacy with computational thinking, improve student academic outcomes, and validate a new computational thinking professional learning model that is replicable and sustainable across Michigan schools and beyond. The project will achieve those outcomes through the implementation of a “train the instructional coach” model that will provide a cohort of existing K-8 instructional coaches teachers with a comprehensive set of new tools and strategies to help teachers integrate computational thinking concepts, practices and principles across their core classroom curriculum. The project will support the instructional coaches (newly minted as “Computational Thinking Integrationists”) with a full year of professional learning experiences including a kickoff boot camp and three online training events, a curated collection of computational thinking resources, and an online professional learning community to support networking and sharing of proven strategies and tools. The CT integrationists will have access to a teacher assessment tool to support the development of personalized professional learning plans for their assigned teachers.
This project is a new model of our very successful BETR-CT Project which we have been implementing in New York City schools since 2020. The CTIP model leverages the same research foundation, key program components and TRAACT teacher readiness tools as developed for the BETR-CT Project to impact teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.
The CTIP Michigan initiative has been designed and implemented by Project Tomorrow with support from the Michigan Department of Education and our school district and regional service center partners in Michigan including:
Copper Country Intermediate School District
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools
Gwinn Area Community Schools
Marquette Area Regional Educational Association
Northwest Education Services