Each new school year marks new opportunities to support and inspire students’ computing aspirations. Educators at school, and families at home, greatly affect youth’s perceptions, interests, confidence, and reasons for choosing a career. They can pique students’ interest who may not have otherwise realized how their goals and talents align with computing careers; or, they can encourage and honor students who are already on a computing pathway.
NCWIT offers hundreds of free resources that outline practical tips and logical solutions for addressing barriers to increasing students’ participation in computing, especially girls and youth of color. This #BackToSchool season, we are featuring posters that celebrate Latinas in tech, offer practices for empowering ALL students, and more. It’s time to #DeckTheHalls!
Calling all hackers, coders, and technical 9th-12th grade women! Applications for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) open September 1, 2017. This poster can help you spread the word: www.ncwit.org/AiCposter.
Highlight the stories of TECHNOLOchicas, Latinas from diverse backgrounds and environments who are in technology fields and recognize the power of innovation to change the world: www.ncwit.org/2pt0TCposters.
Use EngageCSEdu to foster diversity in your introductory computer science courses. Learn how effective pedagogy can help to grow a positive student community and build student confidence with this poster: www.ncwit.org/EngageCSEduPoster.
Community colleges offer experiences and opportunities that lead to high-paying technical careers. This poster connects the pathways: www.ncwit.org/ccposter.
Find these posters and additional resources for reaching out to critical populations and implementing systemic change on our Resources webpage. And, follow us on social media for dozens of tips throughout the end of August.