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New York Times Highlights Microsoft Classroom Volunteer Program

Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) puts technology professionals in local classrooms to encourage interest in computer science.

A Microsoft-backed program that puts technology professionals in local classrooms is the subject of a business feature story in Sunday's New York Times.

Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) was launched in 2010 as a grassroots effort by Microsoft employee Kevin Wang and has since grown to include 110 volunteer teachers at Seattle-area 22 schools. Patch published a feature story about the program last fall.

The New York Times story tied the TEALS effort to last week's news that Microsoft was advocating for the right to pay to hire more foreign workers and pointed to a severe gap between the number of jobs that are available and the number of college students earning degrees in computer science.

As of the 2011-2012 school year, the TEALS program was operating in six Eastside high schools: Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline, Lake Washington, Juanita and Eastlake.

Follow this link to read the entire New York Times story.

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