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Operation Reboot: It Professionals Become Computer Science Teachers

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A three-year, Georgia Tech-sponsored program called Operation Reboot is helping 30 information technology (IT) professionals reenter the work force as high school computer science teachers. The program pairs an IT worker with an existing computing teacher. They co-teach at least two computing classes for one year, allowing the IT professional to learn the ins and outs of the classroom, and the teacher to get an education in information technology.

"A lot of people who teach computer science classes don't have any formal training in computer science," says Georgia Tech director of computing outreach Barbara Ericson. The teachers and IT workers both attend workshops throughout the school year and summer, and are assigned a mentor—an experienced computer science teacher—who meets with them periodically to talk about the issues they are having in school. "Sometimes, you're the only computer science teacher in the school, and it's hard to discuss things with anyone else at the school because nobody understands what you are talking about," Ericson says.

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