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June 27, 2016

Tech savvy volunteers needed for TEALS program

In an effort to boost computer science and critical thinking skills among Georgia's high school students, Microsoft is stepping up its TEALS program (Technology Education And Literacy In Schools).  The program, operating nationally since 2009, equips students to compete in a global marketplace and across a broad spectrum of industry sectors.

TEALS recruits tech savvy professionals and pairs them with teachers to advance skills in the classroom.  It's a volunteer program designed to increase the number of schools (currently 1 in 4) offering computer science coursework.

According to a 2015 study by Gallup and Google, 75% of US high schools do not teach computer science. With software engineers in high demand in the private sector, schools often cannot find instructors with a computer science background, and struggle to compete with the compensation packages offered in industry. TEALS helps high schools teach computer science by providing a team of trained volunteers to partner with a classroom teacher and deliver computer science to their students. Over 2 years, the classroom teacher gradually takes over the responsibilities of teaching the course.
Tracey Wilson, TEALS Southeast Region Manager, is calling all volunteers.
In Metro Atlanta, seven schools have applied to TEALS for Fall 2016.  We are currently looking to connect with industry professionals with a CS-degree or industry equivalent who have an interest in volunteering. Volunteers commit ~2 days per week to teach a CS-course and participate in summer training. Classes meet during 1st period and are out by 9:30 AM to allow time to accommodate for work.
Interested? Sign up!

Find out more about TEALS on twitter or facebook and though their website.