Your role as a volunteer
As a TEALS volunteer, you and your team will work directly with students while coaching the classroom teachers to be able to lead courses on their own. Volunteers will have one of three roles within the classroom—teacher, teacher’s assistant, or consultant.
Volunteer teachers lead the lessons for the class while the classroom teacher learns the content alongside the students. Volunteer teachers participate in two to three classes per week and meet regularly with their team to track progress and plan upcoming lessons.
Teacher’s assistants support the class approximately two times per week by working with students as they make their way through assignments. Assistants also work with a team to provide resources to students and support either the teacher or another volunteer as they deliver the lessons.
Consultants help experienced CS teachers to brainstorm lesson ideas and offer curriculum and grading advice. Consultants add value by presenting guest lectures about the industry, new technologies, and their own path to a CS career.
Eighty-six percent of students in rural schools believe that CS is important for their future, but there are not enough CS educators or tech professionals to provide in-person support. TEALS volunteers make the difference by using a proven remote teaching tool to connect with these schools.