TEALS: Computer Science in Every High School Comes to Michigan

Teacher and Students

Teacher and Students from the Detroit International Academy of Young Women

TEALS helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science programs through partnerships between classroom teachers and tech industry volunteers. They work as a team to deliver Computer Science education to students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn CS in their school. Over two years, the classroom teacher gradually takes over the responsibilities of teaching the course without volunteer support. The team-teaching and volunteer system of TEALS creates a strong ripple effect: it empowers teachers who can multiply the impact by providing computer science education to hundreds more students over the years.

TEALS was founded in 2009 by former high school CS teacher and software engineer Kevin Wang and is supported by Microsoft Philanthropies. Our mission is that every student should have the opportunity to study rigorous computer science in high school. You can read more about our vision and pillars here: https://www.tealsk12.org/about/mission/

TEALS is happy to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year! Deadline February 26th, 2018. You can click here to start your School Application now, or visit www.tealsk12.org at any time to learn more.


Teacher, Vision IT Volunteer and Students from West Side Academy for Information Technology and Cybersecurity

For the 2017-2018 school year, TEALS is currently in 10 schools in Michigan including 8 in the Metro Detroit Area. Here is a list of schools we are working with:

  • Cass Tech High School, Detroit Public Community Schools
  • Renaissance High School, Detroit Public Community Schools
  • Detroit International Academy for Young Women, Detroit Public Community Schools
  • West Side Academy for Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Detroit Public Community Schools
  • Western International High School, Detroit Public Community Schools
    Cornerstone Health + Technology, Metro Detroit
  • Summit Academy North, Metro Detroit
  • Advanced Technology Academy, Metro Detroit
  • East Lansing High School, Lansing Area
  • West Michigan Aviation Academy, Grand Rapids Area

TEALS would like to at least double the number of schools in the Metro Detroit area with a vision of growing into other parts of the state that we can support.

TEALS is holding two information sessions;  education leaders, principals and teachers are welcome to attend.

If you would like to dig deeper into our program, here are some of our materials:

TEALS Program Description (2018-19) – A brief, one-page description of the TEALS program accompanied by a graphical summary of our program impact to date.

TEALS Implementation Guide (2018-19) – Everything you need to successfully implement a TEALS partnership at your school.

TEALS Program Booklet (2018-19) – This guide provides an overview of the TEALS model, volunteer support options, and various curricula options that TEALS supports to help high schools create a CS pathway, from Introduction to CS to AP CS Principles to AP CS A to Advanced Topics and Projects. An overview of each course is in our Schools FAQ as well as the TEALS Implementation Guide. The booklet also provides details on how to apply to be a TEALS partner school.