Program Bringing Computer Science into Every Classroom
An initiative of Microsoft Philanthropies, TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools throughout the United States and in British Columbia, Canada, build and grow sustainable computer science programs. TEALS pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science. TEALS works with a variety of schools (rural, urban, suburban) and teachers around the nation, offering multiple levels of engagement. In the standard engagement Co-Teaching Model, a team of two to four volunteers partners with a classroom teacher to deliver Intro or AP Computer Science in the classroom. A typical class features 15 minutes of lecture and discussion, and 35 minutes of activities and lab work. In the Lab Support Model, one or two volunteers provide support as lab teaching assistants, working one-on-one with students and assisting the teacher with class preparation and grading, but not taking responsibility for planning and delivering lessons. In the Classroom Enrichment Model, TEALS provides a volunteer to assist a classroom teacher in person, via phone, or via online consultation. The volunteer’s responsibilities range from assisting with labs and assignments to consulting visits with the teacher or in-class guest lectures on occasion. In addition, the school and teacher are encouraged to participate in the TEALS community through meet-ups, events, and an online community forum. In areas where there are no software engineers to provide TEALS support, teleconferencing brings volunteers to these underserved schools.
The Saxena Family Foundation awards grants and supports programs that have a particular focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and around empowering girls and young women so that they have equal rights later in life through literacy programs, jobs, and life-skills training.
Funded by the International Space Station National Lab, SciGirls in Space integrates space-themed role-model videos and genderequitable space-science-aligned activities for use in outreach programs. Among the resources for teachers is a gender-equity guide with six strategies on how to engage girls in STEM.