PiLa-CS is a Research Practice Partnership between New York City schools and researchers at NYU and CUNY to support bilingual kids participating in the CS for All initiative in NYC.
PiLa-CS lets kids build on their strengths
Our project is exploring how bilingual schools can leverage what kids bring to the classroom through three approaches: Translanguaging, Literate Programming, and Computational Thinking.
Translanguaging is how people draw on their full linguistic repertoires to make meaning. Translanguaging pedagogy means helping learners leverage diverse language backgrounds in the classroom.
Literate programming is a philosophy that computer scientists aren't just writing programs to be read by computers, but by other people. Programming isn't just a science, it's a literacy.
Learning to program isn't just a vocational skill for professional coders; thinking algorithmically and understanding procedures and abstraction is useful in many subject areas.
New York City Dept. of Ed.
Principals and teachers from middle and junior high schools from NYC Dept. of Education District 6
New York University
Technology researchers from NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development
CUNY Graduate Center
Applied linguistics researchers from the City University of New York Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society
CUNY Brooklyn College
Literacy researchers from the Brooklyn College Department of Childhood, Bilingual and Special education
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation under NSF grants CNS-1738645 and DRL-1837446. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.