Rise & Shine: Why one teacher wants to build an award-winning computer science program

Good morning,

Our featured story today is about a Nashville teacher and her efforts to build a computer science program at a charter school. Her goal is daunting: to close the gaps in computer science for women and people of color.

Her motivation is simple. “Research has shown that girls are more likely to persist in computer science when they have a teacher or mentor personally express his or her belief in their abilities,” she said. “This has stuck with me over the years, and I consistently remind myself to prioritize that approach.” Read more here.

Have a great day!

— Jacinthia Jones, bureau chief



HOW I TEACH Mehreden Butt has helped to build an award-winning computer science program at a Nashville charter school – and she’s doing it in part for other young women of color like her. Chalkbeat

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YOUTH CENTER A proposal to open a new center for youth with pending Juvenile Court cases at a Shelby County Schools building is causing concern for several Shelby County Commissioners. The Daily Memphian

Shelby County is one step closer to operating its own Evening Reporting Center to divert youth away from the detention center. WHBQ, WREG

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RETIREMENT The leadership of the Maury County Education Association is stepping away as a set of new faces step forward to lead the local teacher’s union. Columbia Daily Herald

CHARTER CONVENTION Charter leaders from across the country and in Memphis are coming to grips with new limits on their growth and political clout. Chalkbeat

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