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The Microsoft TEALS program has received national coverage from the New York Times, CNN, GeekWire, and more. Take a look at some of articles and TV news segments that have been published or aired about the TEALS program.

"Teaching Computer Science to High School Students on the Way to Work"

In the 2014-14 school year, TEALS partnered with nine NYC high schools, offering computer science classes to nearly 300 students. The program, in collaboration with CSNYC, is expanding and recruiting volunteers.

“The pairing of the working software engineer and the professional teacher is the genius of the TEALS program,” venture capitalist Fred Wilson writes in his blog.

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“How to prep more students for computer science careers”

At Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School Jackie is met by volunteers from Microsoft and a dedicated in-service teacher. Jackie is one of 35 students at Rainier Beach who have chosen to learn the language of computers from professional programmers. When asked why, he says his father works at a hotel and wants him to have a better future.

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“How Computer Science Education Can Open Doors for Youth”

In 2012, TEALS students averaged a 3.47 score on the national Advanced Placement Computer Science test, which is above the national average of 3.05. In a nation that graduates less than 2.4 percent of college students with degrees in computer science, this is a hopeful sign of progress in inspiring and preparing more students to pursue computer science at the university level. This school year, we're doubling our commitment to TEALS, expanding to 70 schools in 12 states, including nine here in New York, and reaching more than 3,000 students.

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“Fostering Talent in Schools”

“My teacher said there’s a lot of money to be made in computer science,” Leandre said. “It could be really helpful in the future.”

That teacher, Steven Edouard, knows a few things about the subject. When he is not volunteering as a computer science instructor four days a week, Mr. Edouard works at Microsoft. He is one of 110 engineers from high-tech companies who are part of a Microsoft program aimed at getting high school students hooked on computer science, so they go on to pursue careers in the field.

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“Molding the next generation of computer scientists”

Wang's goal was to see to it that every high school in the country has a computer-science course. He thought he might need to quit his job to manage the growing effort. But he didn't have to.

Microsoft offered to support Wang, asking him to devote all his workday time to it. The company's decision to incubate the TEALS program stems partly from founder Bill Gates' longstanding interest in promoting education, Microsoft's broader philanthropic focus and a pressing, industry-wide need for more engineers.

"America produces the best computer engineers in the world," said Wang, "but we just don't have enough.”

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“Geek of the Week: Kevin Wang is putting computer scientists into high schools”

The unique program turns computer science vets into part-time volunteer teachers, working with existing faculty to teach CS in high schools — many of which otherwise wouldn’t be teaching the subject, at least not in a meaningful way.

“There’s just a huge black hole in computer science,” says Wang, a 32-year-old resident of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, describing the issue as critical to the country’s long-term competitiveness.

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