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Three Opportunities for ALL Teachers to Become Computer Science Advocates

February 14, 2018
A group of middle-school students, working at laptops.

Computer Science (CS) is no longer an enrichment activity reserved for students at well-resourced schools—it will determine a student’s ability to participate as a citizen and member of a workforce that increasingly relies on this knowledge. It is estimated that more than 7.7 million Americans use computers in complex ways at their jobs. Yet, many students lack access to a CS education—especially students of color, girls, low-income students, and students with disabilities. The data paints a picture of inequity:

  • Of students who took the 2015 AP Computer Science A exam, only 21.9 percent were female (the worst participation rate of all AP exams), 9 percent were Hispanic or Latino, 3.9 percent were Black or African American, and less than 1 percent were American Indian.

You can be play a role in changing these statistics by creating opportunities for more inclusive and diverse participation in CS. Here are three amazing, no cost opportunities that will develop your ability to bring computer science to students. No experience necessary.


Teach computer science this summer with Kode With Klossy

Priority Application Deadline: February 19, 2018
Regular Application Deadline: March 4, 2018

Teach For America is partnering with Kode With Klossy to empower girls to code and become young leaders in technology. Kode With Klossy seeks 50 summer instructors for their summer camp program, where middle and high school girls are introduced to software engineering principles and programming languages.

The Kode With Klossy summer program is comprised of 50 two-week long camps across the United States that focus on hands-on learning through labs that culminate in a demo day. Students gain skills and proficiency in both back-end and front-end web development through building their own web applications. Instructors teach summer program sessions and foster a dynamic, supportive, and empowering learning environment.

Pay is competitive and travel expenses for program are included. Find additional information about the opportunity, including the level of commitment and support provided.

If you are interested in becoming a Kode With Klossy summer instructor, please complete the application (it only takes 10 minutes!) If you have additional questions, please reach out to Tina Ngo at instructors@kodewithklossy.com.


Become an Exploring Computer Science Fellow with Teach For America

Application Deadline: March 31, 2018

Are you a high school teacher that wants to introduce your students to the amazing world of computer science? If so, become an Exploring Computer Science Fellow with Teach For America! As a Fellow, you’ll advocate for the addition of computer science coursework to your school’s schedule, receive 14 days of professional development that will prepare you to teach CS, and become a member of a national community working to ensure access to #CSforAll. Learn more about the fellowship and email cullen.white@teachforamerica.org with any questions. Prior computer science experience is not required.


Develop your CS knowledge at the Infosys Pathfinders Institute

Application Deadline: April 2, 2018

Receive CS education professional development at no cost through the Infosys Pathfinders Institute this summer! The program offers an intensive week of professional development held at Indiana University in Bloomington from July 15-20, 2018. Over 800 teachers from across the United States will come together for high-quality, hands-on training on teaching CS and Maker concepts to students in grades K-12. This professional development is applicable to a number of different courses and subject areas, where you’ll learn to teach standalone courses or find ways to integrate CS into your current course load.

Teachers can participate in the  Pathfinders Institute at no cost. Tuition, travel, boarding, and lodging are covered through funding from the Infosys Foundation USA and matching support from districts and the donor community at DonorsChoose.org.

Determine which opportunity is best for you and register on the Pathfinders website.