Our people play a critical role throughout all of our programs. For instance, through Microsoft TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools), CS engineers from Microsoft and other companies are serving as volunteer teachers in 70 U.S. high school classrooms in 12 states to bolster schools’ ability to provide students with the education they need for 21st century jobs and careers. In just two years, TEALS has proven to be a successful model for private and public partnerships, bringing CS education and industry leaders together to unlock new opportunities for current and future generations of American high school students.
Public policy is also key to solving for the CS gap, and to helping countries to be more competitive in today’s global economy. For example, in the U.S., Microsoft has advocated for a National Talent Strategy to create long-term improvements in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with targeted, short-term, high-skilled immigration reforms.
Microsoft wants every student to have the opportunity to thrive. With our programs and partnerships, we will continue to help young people build their knowledge, skills, and aspirations so they can transition from school into the 21st century job market.