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  • “Seventh grade is a perfect time to teach girls how to do computer coding, because this is when they are starting to dream of who they want to be. Even though men now dominate the computer field, my girls see me doing it and say, ‘Okay, I’ll give it a try.’ And they are starting to blossom,” says Carolina Restrepo, a first-year #CSforAllNYC teacher at M.S. 217, Robert A. Van Wyck in Jamaica, Queens. 👩🏾‍💻Carolina also thinks computer science is a valuable addition to the curriculum because it motivates the students to learn. She says, “We missed a computer science class yesterday because of a holiday, and the students actually said, ‘Is there something we can do for homework?’ That hadn’t happened to me before!” Read more about Carolina: [link in bio]
  • 👩🏾‍💻 “Honestly, I had no idea what computer science was even about. Is it doing science experiments on computers?” says Isabella Ramirez, a seventh grader at M.S. 217, Robert A. Van Wyck in Jamaica, Queens. 👨🏾‍💻 Her classmate Chase Noel wasn’t sure if he wanted to sign up for the school’s new computer science program taught by Ross Berman because it meets at 7:30 in the morning two days a week. He says, “At first, I didn't want to come to school 30 minutes earlier than I usually would. But then when I learned that we would be working with computers to do coding, creating apps, and projects like that, I got interested.” Read how Isabella and Chase got hooked on computer science: [link in bio]
  • “That went even better than I expected. Two students on opposite sides of the room built their designs around outer space, so they found out they have that in common and spent the rest of the period talking about space. I saw a lot of that kind of magic this morning,” says Ross Berman, who teachers #CSForAllNYC at M.S. 217 in Queens. Read why his students can’t wait to wake up early to take his class: [link in bio] #WeAreDOE
  • The eighth annual Big Apple Awards are here! 🍎Who are the teachers who make a difference in your community? Our citywide recognition program celebrates the educators of New York City who inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school communities! Nominate a teacher today: schools.nyc.gov/BigAppleAwards | ‪#ThankATeacherNYC
  • “One of the best ways to succeed in our goal of getting children to be able to read by the third grade is to foster a love of reading,” says Annie Kim, who for the past four years has been a literacy coach to teachers of young children in the Bronx. “You have to keep that sense of enjoyment going even when readers are struggling.” Read about how Annie spends her day, and her thoughts about the challenges and rewards of her work. [Link in bio] #DayInTheLife  #WeAreDOE
  • “Students come in with various disabilities & many have mobility issues. That we can provide them with an environment to come in & be comfortable is very rewarding to me.”- Sunita Mahabir, Queens deputy director of facilities. Read her story [link in bio] | #WeAreDOE