In this episode I get a wonderful opportunity to connect with Tara Linney who is the author of Code Equity, a book about how to get more females and minorities involved in STEM, coding, and Computer Science in education. She is an international educator and coach who has been able to teach in many countries to expand her work and message.
Tara is amazing. We talk about the issues facing females and minorities and ways to help make the transition easier in our classrooms. A great conversation that will leave you with new thoughts and ideas to use in your own setting.
Even more importantly, be sure to check out her book as she has so many great ideas and tools.
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Topics We Explore How did Tara get involved in education after starting in the non-profit sector? How did she find herself traveling the world doing various educational jobs in several countries? The issues of not following directions by coloring a cow red! How did Tara get involved in coding and STEM and the journey to support more females into these fields? Techniques to help bridge the gap in inequity in our classrooms How do we get more visual examples of leaders besides middle class white males? We can't even talk about Coding for ALL, however we cannot even talk about all when we don't have equity(and most people confuse this for equality). How do we get people to see the importance of computer science in schools? Show Notes & Quotes Don't create teams based on gender. Create teams based on student personality type instead. When it comes to Paired Programming don't leave it up to chance. Strategize the work partners of boys and girls. "People hire people who are like them." We need to mix our students up to see potential in others who are not like them. "It's hard to imagine something we don't see" Sheryl Sandberg "Do we want to give people what they need to be successful or do we want to treat everyone the same?" Why you should be checking your high school courses for CS and STEM and you don't see females, then it is time to look back at services in elementary and middle school. Technovation Challenge for Females Be mindful of our thoughts and actions as educators and reflect on how we can impact our students. Find Tara Online Twitter: https://twitter.com/taralinney
Code Equity Book