Meridian High School
 
School Hours 7:55-2:30  Office Phone  360-398-8111
 
 

Volunteers Needed to Bring Computer Science to MHS

Dear Meridian School District families,

 

Meridian High School has an exciting opportunity to offer computer science education to our students, and we need volunteers to help make it happen!

 

Why Computer Science is Important to Our Students

Technology is transforming the world around us, and having computer science education is key to our students being ready for the future job market. Did you know that basic computer science skills are becoming fundamental in many job sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, athletics, retail, and education? 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? Meridian High School is part of the almost 60% of U.S. high schools who don’t currently offer computer science. We’re trying to change that by partnering with TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools).

 

Action We’re Taking and How You Can Help

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 one of our classroom teachers in a team-teaching model. TEALS provides training for both our teacher and the volunteers, as well as curriculum based on successful college courses. Through our partnership with TEALS, we will offer “Introduction to Computer Science”, which is an engaging curriculum based on the award-winning UC Berkeley CS10 course and is adapted specifically for high schools.

 

Meridian will hold Intro to CS first period to permit the volunteers to attend their regular jobs. The volunteer commitment is for the full school year, with the expectation that each volunteer will be in the classroom 2-3 times per week. Due to the length of the commitment, a stipend is available to help cover volunteer costs incurred over the course of the year.

 

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 me atdforbes@meridian.wednet.edu. Please forward this email to your contacts who might be interested or able to help find volunteers.

 

You can read more about TEALS on their website at http://www.tealsk12.org. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to hearing from many of you.

 

Sincerely,

Derek Forbes

Meridian High School Principal

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