Alliances, Consortia, and Communities of Practice | CS@AIR

Because computer science is a new, exciting, and frequently evolving subject in schools, there is a growing recognition that not a single person or entity has all the answers, resources, or solutions. Alliances and communities of practice are models of collaboration that have become popular in many computer science education circles.

CS@AIR supports several alliances, consortia, and communities of practice. We serve various roles depending on the focus, organization, and membership, including as a facilitator, expert consultant, or evaluator.

Computer Science (CS) for All Teachers

High school computer science teacher with students

CS for All Teachers is a virtual community of practice, welcoming all teachers from PreK through high school who are interested in teaching computer science. Managed by AIR for nearly a decade, it provides an online home for teachers to connect with one another and with the resources and expertise they need to successfully teach computer science in their classrooms.


Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE)

The Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE) aims to increase the entry, retention, and course/degree completion rates of high-school and undergraduate students from groups that are historically underrepresented in computing through evidence-based, identity-inclusive interventions. Funded by NSF and led by Duke University, AiiCE’s collective impact approach to broadening participation convenes national leaders in K-16 CS education to transform high-school and postsecondary CS education using innovative strategies that target the people, policies, and practices that directly impact student entry, retention, and course/degree completion. AIR acts as the external evaluator of the alliance.


Hindsight 2020

The purpose of Hindsight 2020 was to analyze and to learn from the unique experience of 2020 professional development (PD) programs for CS teachers. This work resulted in the development of a guidebook for PD providers thinking about switching to virtual PD or wanting to improve their virtual PD offerings. AIR consulted on this project, which was funded by NSF and led by Sagefox Consulting Group.
Joey Wilson
Principal TA Consultant
Katie Rich
Senior Researcher
Ryan Torbey