There's a meme floating around the web about the talent war and the competition for "star" performers. A piece at the NY Times recently discussed the trend of buying startups in order to capitalize on their founders' talents, with Mark Zuckerberg saying that “someone who is exceptional in their role is not just a little better than someone who is pretty good. They are 100 times better."
Did you know that Google's Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) program is sponsoring workshops at more than 60 locations this summer? CS4HS brin gs computer science professional development and computational thinking workshops to middle and high school educators through three-day workshops, and gives them the tools and networking opportunities to succeed both inside and beyond the classroom. Google provides the funding for CS4HS (about $15-20K) to universities and the universities (often in conjunction with local Google employees) develop the curriculum.
As a winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Educator Award in Puerto Rico, I would like to thank everyone at NCWIT and at Google for the opportunity they are bringing to teachers and young women to really make the difference. Thanks to the Award, many doors were opened to me.
Did you know that U.S. schools with a majority of African-American students are twice as likely to have teachers with little experience as majority white schools in the same district? Recently released demographic data from approximately 7,000 school districts, released by the Department of Education, shed light on the differences in U.S. educational opportunities and resources.
We had a great time at our annual NCWIT Summit last month in New York City, and for all of those who attended - we hope you did, too!
We've started collecting all of the links and photos that have been posted so far, and wanted to share that here. Updated information and more resources (videos, more photos, etc.) will be added when they're made available.