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The High School Computer Science Shortage and How YOU can help

Event Type
Other
Sponsor
ECE Department
Location
NCSA auditorium
Date
Apr 9, 2013   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Cost
fre
Contact
Brad Petersen
E-Mail
bradp@illinois.edu
Phone
244-6376
Views
367

Did you know that in 2012, a time when computer science is one of the fastest growing employment sectors, only 0.67% of all AP tests taken were for computer science (CS)? A severe shortage of high school teachers with a CS background means the number of CS courses in high schools has actually decreased in the last decade. TEALS is a volunteer program that aims to ensure that all American high school students will have the opportunity to take a computer science class.  You can join the fast-growing movement after graduation while you begin your career in high-tech.

Kevin Wang founded TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools), a grassroots program that recruits, trains, mentors and places high-tech professionals into high school computer science classes in a team teaching model with in-service teachers. He is a former high school computer science teacher and software engineer at Microsoft.

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