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hello and welcome to the informationsession or schools wishing to partner with teals to help your high schoolbuild a computer science program for the 2015-16 school year we’re gonna quickly go over some importantstatistics on why computer science is really really important to your you can see from the graph, in the next five or six or so years there isgoing to be about a million unfilled computer science jobs in the economythat require someone with a computer science degree to fill. and that’ssomething like a five hundred million dollar opportunity in the economy thatif we do not have students and college

graduates with cs degrees that the economyis going to lose and this is not just the private sector with companies likemicrosoft amazon facebook google apple etc etc that’s driving the new techeconomy, but also folks like national defense and to every other industrythat’s now being driven by technology like retail, finance. any and everythingyou can think of. that lost opportunity will only get bigger andbigger without students and graduates who are able to do thiscomputer science work. with the huge need in the economy forcomputer science graduates, we can take a look at where we are

college-wise. and this is not justoverall, but we’re talking about kids that are already in a stem discipline that has a huge shortage. out of stem discipline, only about 2% ofthe students in stem graduate with a computer science degree and if you takea look at the chart on the right, about two-thirds of stem jobs require someonewith a good cs background. and you look back at the previous slide: with theeconomic opportunities out there there’s just a huge mismatch between what theeconomy needs and what we are teaching our kids. even with this huge need for computerscientists in our economy, and you look

at how many computer science majors thatare graduating, it is actually way fewer than we need. we graduate about 40,000or so cs graduates every year from american colleges and universities andit’s actually been less than it was back in 2000, 2002, 2003 after at the bubbleburst and the recovery hasn’t really been complete and you can see from thegraph the percentage of women in computer science has actually continuedto fall and has not actually recovered nearly as much as the overall population. and all of these problems i think reallyhappens and starts at the high school level. this is the may 2014 ap exams. about 4 million – little bit over four

million exams were taken – and you can seejust sort of where computer science falls is actually right smack in betweenart practice at about 46,000 exams and art history at 22,000 exams and it’s beenlike that for a really really long time. it should really – computer science should really be- if you look further left on the graph where statistics, biology, physics,chemistry is. right now as it stands ap computer science is less than onepercent of all ap tests taken and that’s not right and that’s why you seeall of these things in a previous slides that we see in the at the college leveland at the national economy level. that’s why we have such a big bigproblem and one of teals’ goals is

to help high schools like yours put on an intro computer science class and apcomputer science and together we can move that purple bar of 37,000 or something and move it to the left and hopefully be around where chem, physics,econ, statistics and biology are. so let’s start by taking a look at acouple states and see where they are in computer science to just get a picture.let’s start in washington state, home to microsoft, amazon, boeing, popcap. google has offices here facebook, adobe, lots of startups, reallyvibrant tech scene. even in washington state only 1.3% of all ap tests taken in2014 was for computer science and this

number, that number is at a little bitover a thousand which is really high compared to other states, but back in2009 that was actually three hundred or so and out of the 750 high schools inwashington state, only a little bit over 50 of them offer ap computerscience. you can take a look at these numbers that represent minority studentnumbers, they’re also not great. girls, we do a little bit better than the average whichis around 18-19 percent across the country and that solely due to a coupleof girls high schools offering 2-3 sections of ap computer science. if we move a little bit furthersouth to the homestate of google and apple

and intel hp qualcomm twitter, all ofthese big big tech companies the situation is actually a little bit worse.less than 0.8 percent of ap tests and about 10% high schools offer ap computer science. so just because you’re in a state that has a lot of tech doesn’tnecessarily mean that computer science is available in all of these schools inthe area. as a former cs graduate and high school teacher, it is incredibly difficult – we know it is incredibly incredibly difficult fordistricts out there to compete with industry to recruit for college grads witha cs or ee background to teach computer science full time at your school.

the picture here is the mit electricalengineering/computer science career fair. you can see all of these privatecompanies and government including the national security agency, boeing, lockheed,google, facebook, you know, everyone’s giving out t-shirts and go to one ofthese and probably don’t ever have to do laundry for a good semester or two! everyone’s really heavily recruiting, and what you don’t see are public schools orany high schools for that matter putting up the money to have one ofthese booths and be able to recruit high school teachers – peoplewho want to teach high school full time. and it’s really difficult to make thatfinancial decision if you come

out of college- i think the average debtis around $20,000 – and it is just very difficult for a graduate with ee or cs degree to makethat financial decision to go and teach high school. i did that for three yearsand every year was a very very difficult decision. i even had parents who are inthe tech industry at the parent teacher conference trying to recruit me to gowork for them back in the day. this is not insignificant problem to solve. about 42,000 high schools in the usa about ten percent of them offer arigorous computer science class which leaves 38,000 out. if we look at sixteenmillion students that’s – ninety percent of that – fifteen 15-14 million kidsjust do not have access to a computer

science class in high school that’s ahuge problem. it’s bigger than all of us. obviously policy changes: whenwe first started only nine states in the country accepted computer science as a math or science it’s up to 25. we’re talking to more and more local schools and school districtsmoving computer science into a rigorous course, offering the intro class and anap class. it is really a "everybody on board" effort to solve this problemtogether, and it really starts building by building, district by district.

this is how the teals model works day to day. you have aclassroom teacher that is teaming up with a team of 4 volunteers. you have twolead teachers and two tas on the volunteer side. you can see that averages to about two days a week that each volunteer is in the classroom. the class has to end by 9:15 so the volunteers have plenty of time to go off to work at their day job, and the school is toprovide a travel stipend to the volunteers. if you do $1,250 times 4,we’re looking at $5,000 to make sure that 1) these schools have their skin inthe game, and it’s really there to as a token of appreciation for thevolunteers – we have volunteers in la that

have spent well over four thousanddollars in gas to volunteer at some of these schools. we want to make surewith that travel stipend to offset their travel costs, that the volunteers get their id, get their networkaccess. they need to be as fully integrated into the faculty as possible. and on the classroom teacher side, this is incredibly important: we need to havesomeone who is committed to learn and material, to master the material, andisn’t looking forward to teaching computer science on their own, and growthe computer science program at your school. we need someone who already has acouple years under their belt ideally

(of classroom experience), so it can’t be abrand new teacher who has never been in the classroom before. and we want to makesure that the teacher has time over the summer to do professional developmentone of the two summers that they work with teals to find pd opportunities, whether at at the local college level to take a class, or do something withberkeley or an online course. something. we also want to make sure that theclassroom teacher has prep time during the school year to master thecontent and that they’re not overloaded with lots of other duties so that they have time to actually the computerscience content. that’s incredibly

important. we want to make sure that the schoolis giving these teachers sufficient time during the school day (or after the school day butfully compensate them for it) to really learn the computer science content. we alsowant to make sure the classroom teacher fully participates in the teals community bothin real life as well as online doing things like hour of code,creating t-shirts for their students, be a part of the field trip, getting theirkids into the programming competitions, all that stuff. we really need ateacher who wants to build up the cs program because we’re justthere with the teacher one period of the day the teacher really needs to make computer science a holistic program at the school

and if you’re planning on doing apcomputer science at the school we found that ap teachers who are math teachers or science teachers who have previous ap experience tend to workout a lot better because they already have that experience with the ap andknow how that works. our volunteers are truly great folks that we bringinto your school, not just as volunteers but as role models where your kids cansee that computer science – being computer scientist, a software engineerworking for various companies or startups – are folks just like them. our volunteers put in a lot of time.

we’re talking about 300 hours over thecourse of the calendar year. we’re talking about training over the summer.we obviously train our volunteers in content- well not so much the content, as the curriculum itself, because they already know the cs content, but also very practical tips onhow to teach high school computer science really well. so there’s trainingtime, we also have other meetups community meetings and volunteersputting in a lot of time on their commute and then of course there is the prep andgrading time that they have to do for the classes as well as the time theyactually spent in the classroom. so all

told we’re talking anywhere between 200to 300 hours. so our volunteers are putting a lot of time in, and times that by4 – a team that works with a classroom teacher – our volunteers are putting down an enormous amount of time to help yourschool to be successful at computer science teals works with all sorts of highschools. in our past five years we pretty much have worked with every typeof high school people can think of. we’ve worked with public schools, charter schools,private schools, religious schools independent schools in a variety of differentsettings, whether it’s suburban or urban or rural, all-boys schools, all-girls schools,high-performing schools, high-needs

schools. whatever you can think of, we’ve worked with that type of schoolalready in the past. we actually work with a very diverse group of students.our schools bring diversity to us and these numbers may not seem like much – aquarter of our students are girls, which is about double the national average in the industry and collegiate level, and aboutthe same 25% under-represented minorities are our students, whetherthey’re taking the intro class or the ap class. and that’s, depending on the studyyou read, anywhere from double to triple what the industry average averages are. ourstudents also have really high

aspirations almost 80% of them seethemselves going to college yet three-quarters of them, this is the first timethey had any sort of formal exposure to computer science including camps, summer school and all that stuff. so this is- before you send them off to college they should really really be exposed to the curriculum of computerscience and that will set a lot of really good foundations for whateverthey want to do in a future. and the kids that want to do computer science – and the reasonwe want to make sure that computer science is in the school curriculum duringthe school day – is, if you look at our students, sixty percent of them play inschool sports, and do they practice?

after school. so that’s why we’re not anafter school program. we want to make sure all the kids that do all these extracurricular activities have time during the school day to take a formal class. aside from having that formal class,we also want to make sure computer science is fun, and the kids can see all of thedifferent possibilities that come with having a background in computer science,and possibly pursue it in the future or whatever field that they want to choose. so we bring in folks from colleges local colleges, we have engineers from differentcompanies come in and do talks, there’s a class shirt, lots of prizes. we have abig field trip – depending on where

you are in the country – a field trip where local cs departmentscome in, local tech companies come in, and kids get to see ifthey pursued that career what that career fair will look like if they’re ajunior or senior in a big cs program or if they end up in a cs program.and then lastly, programming competitions and internships – a lot oflocal companies are now starting to offer high school internships (notenough) but we are working with companies to get them on board and offer highschool internships for the kids in ap computer science that really want tocontinue to pursue it.

and as you can see we are pretty muchacross the country. we work with a lot of different schools and lots of differentstates. we usually do a couple pilots in certain areas to learnabout you know what the districts there are like, and what the state requirements are,getting we build up a bigger and bigger program. so wherever you are inthe country – last year we actually even had a school in the lower yukon in alaska – and if you are in one of those places where we already have a school, wehave a pretty good track record at all of those areas that we already have agood concentration of schools. one big component of teals are thevolunteers. without the volunteers there

would be no program. we will workwith the schools to help the schools to recruit local volunteers, which is in early andlate spring. we want the schools to really figure out who they can reach outto, who are in the school community locally and otherwise? wewant to make sure that the district and building principal send out letters tothe school community whether it’s the parents, alumni list, the school board, thepta or the school foundation: reach out not just the immediate school community, but also localpartners like local tech companies or local companies that have software engineers.the chamber of commerce, the economic development office, and also reach out to their mayor, statelegislature, other civic organizations

that have connections to these localpartners that the schools may not have. and then teals will work with the civicleaders or local partners to do informational talks for volunteers andhelp recruit volunteers that way for your school. and of course teals itselfon the national level, we work with the acm ieee,, and higher ed institutionsto recruit volunteers. but at a local level we need the school’s involvement and the district involvement in actively recruiting volunteers. that way you guys can build a lastingrelationship with your volunteers that goes well beyond that one year commitment. if you’re a rural school and there’s notreally a tech community around you we

will also work with rural schools. about 10percent of our schools are rural schools and we realize how important andunderserved rural schools are. volunteers in the bigger metro areas canteach kids in rural areas remotely with screen sharing, with acamera, things like that. obviously the classes can’t be 35 kids – it’s usuallysmaller, about a dozen or so kids. but if you’re a rural school with a good bandwidth and connection, and have all of that video and all of those equipment,then that is something we can also do with rural schools that want to start a computerscience or ap computer science program. obviously, the classroom teacher willhave to do a little bit more work: figuring out

with the it person figuring out the setup they want in their classroom but also the classroom teacherreally has to be a few steps ahead of the kids, so they definitely need to do summer pd either in intro or ap before class starts. and all of these things we justmentioned that makes teals successful, none of it could work without the investment andcommitment from the schools. we want to make sure the schools both at the district and building level are committedto help your classroom teacher and teals and your students be successful in eitherintro or ap computer science, and that you do want to build up a cs program downthe road and that’s why we need a

dedicated district and building personcontact for teals. the school and the district need to go in the classroom and do some classroom observations of our volunteers so we’re on the same page. and we want tomake sure that the volunteers are meeting the expectations of the school orthe school district. obviously the school needs to provide classroom materials,equipment, and everything it to be ready to go the day that school starts – no different than if you’re just starting any other class. most districts will require abackground check, and just having someone in the school buildingincluding: network assets, getting them a parking spot, id. we want tomake sure that the schools get all of

those things done in the summer beforeschool starts are volunteers can hit the ground running the first day ofschool and if that means going to the faculty back to school meetingin august, make sure they’re part of that. make sure the classroom teacher and themare already working together early in the summer and definitelyembrace your volunteers. these are the folks that are giving up three hundredhours out of their calendar year to work with your school. definitely make sure theyfeel appreciated and that comes in many forms whether it’s principal or assistantprincipal visiting their classroom just to shake their hand and to say thank you.

we also have a lot of schools do cards and stuff for the volunteers so they can display in their in offices.the last two bullet points are really about the school’s ability to run computerscience on their own after two years of partnership with teals. we want to makesure the schools meet the needs of the volunteers and your classroom teacher- the partner classroom teacher – in learning computer science and administration support ingrowing computer science down the line. the administrationneeds to share the same vision as we do which is computer science should reallybe like any science or any other

stem subject for that matter. we’retalking -if you’re at a school of twelve to fifteenhundred kids, a couple of sections ap computer science, and then four sections of the feeder intro class. we want to make surethat everybody: the school, the district, the classroom teacher and teals all share that exact same vision. andonly when we share that exact same vision can we be successful together. well you made it this far, so what’s next? we want to make sure the folks at thedistrict level, at the building model, and the classroom teacher go over theimplementation guide. you can find that

at, read theschool agreement, and between december and mid-february apply online. it’s rollingadmissions but we will cut it off around mid-february and we will interview theschools. once the schools are interviewed the school selection willcome out in late february and then we will have our roster of schools ready to go the last week of february/the first week of march for the 15-16 school yearand in the meantime socialize this program within the school and localcommunity to make sure there’s support for it and if you have any questions always feelfree to contact us and connect with us using the contact form, and start talking with local tech companies

the local tech organizations, whoever you think of that would be a good source of volunteers to come and help your school.hopefully we’ll get to talk to you and partner with you for the15-16 school year!

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