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From Christopher <ctubb...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Volunteering in schools
Date Wed, 07 Jan 2015 21:21:43 GMT
I might be interested in volunteering (though, I won't be in Austin).


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Christopher L Tubbs II
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On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Ross Gardler (MS OPEN TECH) <
Ross.Gardler@microsoft.com> wrote:

> I know we have a bunch of people who already volunteer to teach in
> schools. I know that this has a great deal of impact at many levels. I'm
> looking for volunteers to help with a potential new initiative.
>
> In the run-up to ApacheCon Sally will be running a campaign around the
> 15th Anniversary of the foundation. It will look at the legacy of the ASF
> and to the future. It will focus on the ASF as being a place of innovation
> and excitement.
>
> I've recently had confirmation that a representative of TEALS, an
> organization that trains volunteers to teach in high schools in 20 states.
> These students take a rigorous college level CS class (UC Berkeley CS10 or
> UW CSE142/143 AP) in schools that might otherwise have no IT component at
> all.
>
> 40% of the schools are Title 1 schools (as a Brit I had to look this up,
> in short it's about improving academic achievements of the disadvantaged
> [1]) and a dozen or so are in very rural areas. Furthermore, 25% of their
> students are girls and 25% are from minority groups (in other words this
> has an impact on diversity).
>
> My ask of the ComDev PMC is for us to run a BOF at ApacheCon to figure out
> how we might enable ASF community members to assist with the work that
> TEALS (and similar) organizations do. I'm happy to help drive this, but
> ideally there will be a couple of volunteers here who are interested enough
> to take ownership.
>
> I'm working with Sally to find other valuable folks to participate and
> hope to have more than just TEALS represented. What I would like to do, in
> a perfect world, is announce a partnership at ApacheCon. Failing that I
> would like to develop the outline of a partnership at ApacheCon itself.
>
> So, please step forward if you are interested in volunteering (there's no
> need for you to be present in Austin, though that would be great).
>
> Ross
>
>
> [1] http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg1.html
>
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