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Kevin Wang, Founder, Technology Education And Literacy in Schools (TEALS)
The CS-ECE Corporate Connection, University of Illinois
Abstract: 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.
Bio: 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. Kevin earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his graduate degree in education from Harvard.
Read more about TEALS, including a New York Times feature on the program, at http://tealsk12.org/index.html.