TEALS Volunteers Robert and Tony assist their AP CS students at Hazen High School

TEALS Volunteers Robert and Tony assist their AP CS students at Hazen High School

What is TEALS?

TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools) is a grassroots program that recruits, trains, mentors, and places high tech professionals from across the country who are passionate about computer science education into high school classes as volunteer teachers in a team teaching model where the school district is unable to meet their students’ computer science (CS) needs on its own.

TEALS works with committed partner schools and classroom teachers to eventually hand off the CS courses to the classroom teachers. The school will then be able to maintain and grow a sustainable CS program on their own.

Of the 3,385 TEALS students taught either the UC Berkeley CS10 or UW CSE142 courses in the 2013-14 school year: 23% (780) were underrepresented minorities, and 25.6% (868) were girls.  40% of our schools are Title One schools, and 10% are rural schools.

89% of our students said that the volunteers were effective in helping them understand CS (n=548).  Across the board students reporting themselves proficient in a programming language went from 19% to 82% (n=800, 566)

School Year Schools Total Students AP Students TEALS Volunteers
2009-2010 1 12 0 1
2010-2011 4 250+ 18 10
2011-2012 13 800+ 67 40
2012-2013 35 (7 states) 1500+ 400+ 100
2013-2014 70 (12 states) 3385 1278 280
2014-2015 131 (18 states+DC) 6600+ (projected) 2200+ (projected) 490

Read about TEALS in New York Times | CNN | Geekwire | Harvard Ed School Magazine | UC Berkeley Engineering | University of Illinois ECE | ACTE Magazine | 425 Magazine | US News | Microsoft for Work

TEALS videos Remote teaching in rural KY | Q13 Fox Seattle | Loudoun County Public Schools

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The U.S. is facing a shortage of CS graduates. Every year, 80,000 positions requiring a CS degree go unfilled by domestic talent. This will cost the U.S. economy $500 billion over the next decade, which vital to our economic competitiveness and national defense. By 2018, there will be 1.5 million CS-related jobs available in the U.S. and U.S. college graduates will only be able to fill 29% of them.

It’s been shown that students’ positive exposure to CS in high school correlates to majoring in CS in college. Unfortunately, only 1 out of 10 schools in the U.S offer programming classes. Our high schools fail to offer CS because there are not enough qualified CS teachers to meet demand.

In 2014, only 37,327 out of over 14 million U.S. students took the AP Computer Science A test. This number represents less than 1% of all AP tests taken. TEALS solves this problem by bringing computer science courses into high schools across the nation as a service to schools, students and teachers.

Quality volunteers make TEALS possible. Sign up today to make an impact on this important work.

US AP Exams by Year

US AP Exams by Year