The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

Computer Science Curriculum Matches Teachers with Professional Engineers to Increase Girls’ Pursuit of Technology Careers

Technology is integral to our daily life, and the gaps in technology access and computer literacy were made more apparent by the pandemic. Mastering computer knowledge and skills are critical to not only employability and career success but also success in education along the way.

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (ARS), an all-girl, college-preparatory public school, is committed to empowering young women to pursue careers where women and people of color are traditionally under-represented.

ARS will continue the partnership with Hello World, a leading and innovative training program, to assist its efforts in incorporating a computer science curriculum. Over the next three years, All Points North Foundation’s grant will provide teachers training on the latest computer science trends and information by engaging in professional development and co-teaching opportunities with real-world engineers.

In addition, the grant will help students amplify their science, technology engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, while building soft skills in creativity, critical thinking, and communication. Students will participate in project-based computer science coursework and complete hands-on projects to deepen their STEM and computer science literacy. Selected middle-school STEM teachers will receive training to prepare them to teach the latest in technology and computer science.

With ARS prioritizing innovation and learning for the demands of the future, computer science education is a natural addition to its unique and innovative curriculum that will not only improve middle-school education at ARS, but also serve as a model for other schools.

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