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NYC educators Address Equity Issues in Computer Science Classes

In the News | November 21, 2022

In a Chalkbeat New York story about New York City teachers working to get more students from underrepresented groups engaged in computer science, MƒA Master Teachers Shanua Newton-Rodriguez and Joel Bianchi are highlighted as educators leading by example. In the article, Newton-Rodriguez and Bianchi shared their teaching strategies and the need for peer support.

While Newton-Rodriguez has helped her school build up its computer science program, including the Advanced Placement courses in the subject that she teaches, she also found a supportive community of computer science educators through Math for America, a nonprofit focused on connecting the city’s accomplished math and science teachers. Joel Bianchi, a computer science teacher at Energy Tech High School in Queens, said meeting colleagues through Math for America has been “life-giving,” since he had previously felt like he was on “an island” working on the subject matter.

Read the article in its entirety in Chalkbeat New York.