[2021 kcdc] How to equitably close the CS education gap

This post is my live blog from KCDC. For more, see the 2021 KCDC live blog TOC

Speaker: Allison Hartnett

Twitter: @dralllisonhart



  • 67% of new jobs in STEM are in computing
  • Over 400K opening
  • Only 47% of US schools teach CS
  • Black students almost 3x less likely to take AP (advanced placemen CS Principles) than White or Asian students


  • Technology Education and Literacy in Schools
  • Microsoft pays for this but volunteers from many companies
  • Finds volunteers to pair teach for a year so a teacher can teach CS by themseves
  • Both in person an remote instruction
  • Four courses: Intro CS, AP CS Principles, AP CS A, CS Topics

Think about

  • How give feedback and be encouraging

My take

This session has speech to text/captioning on the screen. It heard everyone in the room. Some more accurately than others. I knew the session was largely about TEALS. I was hoping there would be more general points as well. (I didn’t read the abstract carefully enough)

Ended with good call for volunteeers: aka.s/TEALSContact