In North Carolina, there are currently over 17,000 open computing jobs, but only 18% of schools in NC teach AP Computer Science and only 1,425 students in NC took the AP exam last year. Of those 1,425 students, only 25% were female, and only 203 were underrepresented minorities. Meanwhile there is growing interest and demand. Nine out of ten parents in North Carolina would like for schools to teach computer science, and in the first week of December 2016, there were 1200 Hour of Code events in our state and over 380,000 visits to Code.org’s Hour of Code website. The Friday Institute is partnering with NC DPI and national organizations to create greater exposure and opportunities for students in North Carolina to explore computer science, including free professional development programs. To find out more information on how to bring these opportunities to your schools, visit the Friday Institute’s CS4ALL in NC website, http://go.ncsu.edu/cs4all.
About Heather Mullins
Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.