Computer science is the fastest growing subject in the US, yet English learners are dramatically under-represented in these courses. CSforEL is a new, 4 year research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to attract, retain and engage English learners (EL) in AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) in Arizona, New Mexico and San Diego. We are currently seeking districts to participate in our first cohort for the 2020-21 school year. Click below for more information.

Together the grant team and participating districts will see:

  • Increased enrollment of English learners in AP CS Principles
  • Increased number of qualifying scores by English learners in AP CS Principles

As a participating district, you will receive:

  • Expert led CS Course Placement Review to understand current access to CS courses for EL students and develop strategies to attend to barriers to course placement.
  • 70+ hours of professional development over two summers and throughout the year for participating AP CSP teachers, with stipends included, paid directly by CSTA to teachers.
  • 10+ hours of professional development over the summer for at least one principal and counselor per participating school
  • Access to cutting edge resources and guidance around supporting ELs in AP CSP
  • Local facilitator development to ensure professional development can continue sustainably beyond the life of the grant.
  • Regular formative evaluation feedback from leading educational researchers
More information in these documents:
Contact Erika C. Burt at for more information.