Hello Texas Computer Science Community,
Thank you for your commitment to Computer Science education! Whether you've earned your CS certification or are taking your first steps to get certified to teach computer science, you are among an elite group of dedicated teachers. You will help close the gap with the number of computer science job openings compared to the number of computer science graduates.
However, we know that facing a classroom full of students to teach a subject like computer science can be uncomfortable. Never fear! Help is on the way. TEALS is a year-long Computer Science professional development model that shifts much of the burden of teaching Computer Science from the teacher by recruiting software professionals to teach CS content to students allowing the teacher to gain the confidence to run the class independently.
Learn how TEALS can help you transition from certification to confident instruction in CS. They are hosting a series of webinars on the following dates:
Upcoming Live Info Sessions (Webinars)
February 4, 2019, 2:30 PM Central
- February 7, 2019, 3:00 PM Central
- February 11, 2019, 11:30 AM Central
- February 13, 2019, 2:30 PM Central
- February 14, 2019, 2:30 PM Central
TEALS Information Webinar
What will I learn? All about the TEALS program and how campuses can increase their computer science offerings and increase teacher capacity to teach CS by partnering with us for only the cost of a couple of background checks for volunteers
How can I register? https://aka.ms/TEALSinfowebinar
Please email your TEALS Regional Manager with questions or if you’d like to meet but can’t make the webinar time.
Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS TX Regional Managers:
Abby Perez, San Antonio, email@example.com
Becky McCully, Austin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gustavo Arriaga, El Paso, email@example.com
Robert Carmichael, Dallas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonya Davis, Houston, email@example.com
TEALS Program Highlights:
What is TEALS? TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) is a national organization that is a part of Microsoft Philanthropies. Our mission of getting computer science into every high school is accomplished by partnering with schools to develop CS teachers. Teachers learn how to teach the curriculum from industry professional volunteers over the course of a year or two and then gradually move to our 'lower-touch' support levels.
How does it work? A team of 2-4 industry volunteers is trained and placed with a classroom teacher at a high school that will offer a CS course during first period. The volunteers rotate on a schedule to co-teach with the classroom teacher from our curriculum or partner curriculums (Code.org, Project Lead the Way, UTeach, etc). We offer in-person support from volunteers but also have a remote instruction model for rural and semi-rural schools. We help schools bring CS to students for the first time, as well as helping schools with established programs expand their offerings. For example, schools with Intro to Computer Science may wish to begin offering AP CS A (Java) but don’t have a teacher who is trained in it—TEALS can support that teacher in learning the AP CS A curriculum with industry volunteers.
What’s next? After attending a webinar or scheduling an info session with your TEALS Regional Manager, an application must be submitted for each school site wishing to be considered for a partnership. If your school is not absolutely sure that they can participate in TEALS, go ahead and fill out an application anyway. This gets your school in the pipeline for consideration and the application is not legally binding, so if plans change, there is no penalty for having submitted the application. Applications can be found at www.tealsk12.org/schools
Why is TEALS a great school partner?
- On average, we partner with a school for 5 years and leave a sustainable program that utilizes all FREE, open source software and curriculum that can be accessed on a multitude of devices.
- TEALS Perks: field trips; CS fairs; student designed t-shirts/spirit shirts free to each student, CS teacher, and volunteer; raffle kits with TEALS swag for each class (in the Co-Teach and Lab Support schools).
- Students gain access to industry professionals who can connect them with special opportunities and provide mentorship.
- Our model empowers the teacher so that even when we are long gone from your school, the teacher is still able to continue expanding students’ access to CS!
- From Microsoft Philanthropy's TEALS program