In late April 2022, Victoria East and Victoria West High School were selected for the Microsoft Technology Education and Literacy (TEALS) Program.
Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles teacher, Amy Alexander at Victoria East High School and AP Computer Science A teacher Cody McDonald at Victoria West High School will participate in the lab support model of the TEALS program. These teachers will be paired with volunteers who have a deep knowledge of computer science and industry experience and utilize rigorous curricula and resources approved by computer science educators and industry professionals.
“A few goals for partnering with Microsoft TEALS are to build a sustainable Computer Science program within VISD,” said Career & Technical Education Curriculum Coordinator Leah Klemke. “We now have a program that will support a strong focus on serving all students, increasing the likelihood that they continue their computer science education and prepare them for future employment.”
TEALS is a philanthropic program that builds sustainable Computer Science programs in high schools and focuses on serving all students regardless of race, gender, or geography.
As a partner in this program, TEALS will support the Computer Science teachers at both high schools by pairing them with industry volunteers and proven curricula. Career & Technical Education (CTE) has begun to purchase additional technology to support teachers and volunteers.
Upcoming professional development is planned for the summer of 2022 in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year.