Tara Linney is an award-winning Learning Innovation Coach, recognized for her work in gender equity in the teaching of computer programming, global collaborations in education, and educational coaching. According to Tara, there is an imbalance in the field of technology. “Men are still the majority of position holders at tech companies around the world, as the number of women in these roles has been on a steady decline.”
She continues, stating that “educators have an influence on how our students see themselves, whether we realize it or not. We can be the changemakers who empower our girls to take risks in learning how to code.” This is why she has written the book Achieving Gender Equity in Teaching Coding. The goal of her book is to positively impact the way in which educators teach coding in an environment that promotes gender equity. “In understanding the “why” and “how” for implementing gender-equitable best practices, we can lead the way in empowering more girls to be brave, take a risk, and dive into coding.”
Through this book, educators will be able to see why gender equity is so important in the teaching of computer programming. Discovering career profiles of how computer programming integrates with a girl’s passion will help educators open a window into a path that girls could pursue when they learn how to code. To find out more about the project and support, please visit her the Kickstarter campaign.
Sarah Thomas is currently sharing multimedia resources and producing/hosting our weekly CUE’d Up collection of member spotlight interviews and Sparks. She also works as Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince Georges County, MD. Sarah is the creative genius behind EduMatch, a global initiative that uses the power of social media in order to help foster collaboration and connections among educators.