Announcing Teachers Who Code

May 31, 2013   |   GWC Blog, Press Release

Inspired by the success of our Summer Immersion Programs, Girls Who Code is embarking on a movement to change the face of computer science. We are excited to announce the launch of Teachers Who Code, a pilot program offering an innovative approach to teacher training, designed to equip high school teachers with the skills and resources to become instructors and advocates in schools across New York City.

Together with our partners at the United Federation of Teachers and Appnexus, we will welcome the first class of twenty teachers to participate in a one-week Teachers Who Code training this July.

For Immediate Release


NEW YORK CITY – The United Federation of Teachers, Girls Who Code, and AppNexus announced today the launch of an innovative new pilot program, Teachers Who Code. Formed as a public/private partnership, Teachers Who Code will use the Girls Who Code model to equip New York City public school teachers with the computer science skills to educate students for high tech jobs of today and tomorrow.
“Teachers Who Code is a program developed with the input of educators, industry leaders and computer science experts from around the city,” said Michael Mulgrew, President of UFT. “It was created with the understanding that we cannot solve the problem overnight and that we cannot solve it alone, but together we can begin the process.”
The program will commence with a one-week teacher training course this summer to empower 20 teachers to become instructors and advocates in schools across New York City. In addition to representatives from the UFT, Girls Who Code, and AppNexus, attendees will include employees of the New York City Department of Education, General Assembly, New York Tech Meetup, Neverware, PTech, and the Flatiron School.
“This represents an exciting step forward in the effort to provide computer science education to all and to prepare our young people for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani. “What we are launching today is a testament to the fact that a few people can move big ideas, that we can build coalitions, put our children first, and all play a role in moving the city forward.”

Girls Who Code launched in 2012 with backing from Twitter, eBay, Google, and General Electric to educate, inspire, and equip young women with the skills and resources to pursue careers in computing fields. Teachers Who Code will enable the Girls Who Code program to expand its reach by educating teachers to start Girls Who Code Clubs in their schools.
“While Teachers Who Code is creating opportunity for young people to get the jobs of the future, it is also ensuring that the companies that are looking for skilled workers will have a diverse field of talent to choose from,” said CEO of AppNexus Brian O’Kelley. “These jobs are available; they just need students who are ready for them.”

Why It Matters

In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.4% of high school girls select computer science.

While 57% of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12% of computer science degrees are awarded to women.

Despite the fact that 55% of overall AP test takers are girls, only 17% of AP Computer Science test takers are high school girls.

Women today represent 18% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.

Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities are expected produce only enough qualified graduates to fill 29% of these jobs.

In a room full of 25 engineers, only 3 will be women.