The CODEd Academy Story:
As the computer science teacher at West Oakland Middle School, Kennan Scott noticed that his students, who were incredibly engaged during his course, sometimes lacked that same engagement with their other core academic subjects.
He had a hypothesis that if computational thinking and computer science were integrated into every subject, students would be more engaged across the board, and they’d be better positioned to access careers in tech down the line.
He also believed that it’s a societal problem for the tech industry to be as homogenous as it is and that preparing his students - who have such a wide range of backgrounds and experiences - for that industry would make us all better off.
Only 3% of tech workers currently are minority. Tech inclusivity is a controversial topic and the leaders of industry recognize diversity as a main concern. The community served by CODEd represents the change we want to see in the tech industry.
CODEd Academy will be the first interdisciplinary Computer Science school in Oakland. CODEd will create a pipeline for students of color to the wealth of technology related jobs here in the Bay area. CODEd aims to serve all the students of Oakland. It will serve as a place where diverse cultures come together to see the value in their understanding and empathy for the way others'.
Coded Academy will tackle the tech and educational divides that exists by providing students with the high level skills businesses are looking for. Students will be given a true contextual view into the impact of computer science on their lives. Students will make an impact on their communities through technical, real-life problem solving design skills.
A former engineer and current computer science teacher in West Oakland, Founder and Executive Director Kennan Scott brings a strong vision, authentic community relationships, and extensive experience in engineering and computer science instruction to the CODEd team.
DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Melissa Beck, founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction, is a former teacher and instructional coach who brings deep knowledge of instructional best practices and a strong understanding of other innovative school models (e.g. who’s doing what well and why) to the team.