For Indigenous Studies and Computer Science (CS) instructor Wilfred Ferris III, showing pride in your identity and culture is part of what makes each of us an integral part of society. A proud member of the Shoshoni Tribe, Wilfred reflects on the importance of his identity and why it's essential for youth, and the world, to understand the beauty of Native American Culture.
BootUp celebrates the lively heritage of four incredible Latinx in Tech professionals challenging identity norms and paving the way for future generations of game-changers.
The emergence of newer, faster, better, and more efficient technologies in our lives has skyrocketed, and this trend is expected to keep growing. A global pandemic swept across the world in early 2020, halted businesses, crippled economies, and totally changed the way healthcare, education, and operational systems worked. Virtual and remote have become norms with active lockdowns worldwide, and with people working/learning from home - the demand for technology to support our most basic activities has soared.
Nestled within Memphis, Tennessee, lie three teachers creating safe and innovative spaces for their students to experiment with computer science and go beyond their regular routines. Thanks to the Support of BootUp PD, teachers at every level have been able to start their coding journey amidst the chaos of the 2020-2021 school year.
Last month, BootUp PD and the National School Board Association (NSBA) hosted a roundtable discussion posing that very question. Over 20 superintendents across the United States and Canada participated in the conversation. They openly reflected on the equity gaps in computer science and technology, strategies for integration, and the importance of ensuring fair access to all students while in the classroom and at home.