Computer Science How is Teach For America relevant

Computer Science How is Teach For America relevant

Computer Science How is Teach For America relevant for CS students? 1 Here we are, 2013, we ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It's important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code. - Musician/The Black Eyed Peas & Entrepreneur 22 WHY CS, WHY NOW?

Job Growth 5 million new professional jobs by 2016. Computer and mathematical occupations will grow the fastest. In computer science field, job prospects have remained strong despite economically challenging times. Five of the fastest growing occupations are computing occupations. High Salaries Computing-related jobs are among highest entry-level salaries of any bachelors degree. Computer Science =

a chance to prevent the opportunity gap before itDohm, starts. Infographic source:; Source: A. & Shniper, L. (2007, November). Employment outlook: 200616. Washington, DC: Bureau of Labor Statistics. (p. 94-96) 3 TFAs Role: Computer Science in NYC We will be placing, training and supporting 5-10 computer science teachers in New York City during the 2013-2014 school year. Apply Now Join the cohort of computer science teachers who are expanding opportunities for students across New York City! 4

What is the ECS Curriculum? Jake Baskin (Chicago 10) Undergrad: Swarthmore, Computer Science Current Role: Curriculum developer at Jake served as a pilot computer science teacher at Lindblom Math and Science Academy where implemented the Exploring Computer Science Curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation. Jake was awarded a $27K grant from the Qatar Foundation to design and implement a course on programming microprocessors. His students were able to travel to Doha, Qatar and learn about water use and they created short films which were featured at the 2012 Washington, DC Environmental Film Festival. We have systematically denied women and people of color access to computer science education. Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is the (research based) antidote to that. The number of young

women enrolling in intro CS more than doubled once I implemented ECS and I saw students who had "given up" on math class using trig functions to create a more realistic computer game. Most importantly, it is so much fun to teach!" 5 Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren't enough people who are trained and have these skills today. - Mark Zuckerberg Founder, Facebook 66 Teach For America leaders in Computer Science Samir Paul (D.C. Region 10)

Jeff Casimir (D. C. Region 03) Undergrad: Harvard University, Computer Science Undergrad: Arizona State University, Economics Current Role: Consultant in Advanced Analytics and Optimization, IBM Current Role: Principal, Jumpstart Labs Founded and taught the only AP Computer Science class in DC Public

Schools for 2011-2012. Led his first-time CS students to a 75% AP passing rate, with half scoring a 4 (well qualified) or higher. Started teaching technology to middle school students in 2003 and then went on to teach high school Computer Science. In 2009 he started Jumpstart Lab, teaching computer programming to adults. He is currently running the School developer training program in Denver, directing the technical program for CodeNow in NYC, and organizing a new non-profit, the Turing School of Software & Design. 7 Teach For America leaders in Computer Science Elizabeth Davidson

(Philadelphia 06) Cullen White (D.C. Region 09) Undergrad: University of Georgia, Economics Undergrad: University of Washington, Political Science and Economics Current Role: Deputy Strategy Officer (Division of Talent, Labor & Innovation) at NYC Department of Education Maurya Couvares and Elizabeth started ScriptEd NYC, a new non-profit attempting to bridge the digital divide and teach

students in underserved areas the computer science skills they need to land jobs in this high-tech economy. The program is being piloted at Harlem Village Academies. Twice a week for an hour and a half after school, tech professionals are teaching 15 high-school freshmen how to use JavaScript. Current Role: Program Coordinator, IT Academy @ Fairmont Heights High Serves as the program Coordinator for an IT Academy that was founded at Fairmont Heights High School. Planning a Web Development course for the next year featuring HTML5 and JavaScript, and is working with the founders of CodeHS to expand the amount of programming that occurs in Prince

George's County classrooms. 8 At a time when people are saying "I want a good job - I got out of college and I couldnt find one," every single year in America there is a standing demand for 120,000 people who are training in computer science. - President Bill Clinton 99 Next steps Apply to our FINAL application deadline by February 20th, 2014 (Current graduating seniors and grad students are eligible for the 2014 corps; current juniors are eligible to apply now for the 2015 corps) Email [email protected] or [email protected] with your name, undergrad university and indicate your interest in teaching computer science

Preference New York City on the regional preference form Spread the word to your CS friends and colleagues 10 One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. 11

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