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ISD STEM and CTE Department Seeks TEALS Volunteers

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on April 26, 2018
TEALS recruiting logo - "Computer Science is Imaginative, Innovative, and Creative" - Meg, Grade 9Dear parents, guardians and alums – the Issaquah School District has an exciting opportunity to teach computer science to our students. Technology is transforming the world around us, and having a computer science education is key to our students being ready for the future job market. Did you know computer science majors can earn 40% more than the college average? Or that there are currently over 500,000 open computer science positions without qualified talent to fill them? 

TEALS is a program supported by Microsoft Philanthropies that recruits, mentors, and places passionate technology professionals into high school classrooms as volunteer instructors. These volunteers bring subject matter expertise and will join our teachers in a team-teaching model. TEALS provides training for both parties as well as course outlines based on successful college courses.  

We are applying to continue partnering with TEALS. If accepted, we will offer “Introduction to Computer Science” and “Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science.” The introductory class is based on the award-winning UC Berkeley CS10 course and is adapted specifically for high schools. The other course will prepare students to take the College Board’s AP Computer Science A exam in May of 2019.

As a TEALS partner district, we need to assist with volunteer recruitment from the computer science and software engineering fields to team-teach these courses with our teachers. The courses will be held first period to permit the volunteers to attend their regular jobs.

Please help --if you or someone you know works in the computer science or software engineering field and would be interested in making a difference in our students’ future success, please contact Lesha Engels.

You can read more about TEALS on their website at http://www.tealsk12.org