Teacher of the Month: Shana Nissenbaum

We are very excited to present our November Teacher of the Month, Shana Nissenbaum! Shana is an amazing elementary teacher who works in Ohio and lives in Indiana. Read on to learn more about Shana and how she uses Edcite.

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Women of Edcite

Women of Edcite

Too ofOnly 25 Percent GIFten, women find themselves the minority voice in a crowded office. According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, in 2015 women made up only 25% of the computing workforce in the US, and less than 10% were women of color. There comes a point in the constant conversation about inequity, that you begin to wonder is this narrative changing at all?

It is so important to acknowledge the realities of challenges that women, and in particular women of color, face in the work force, but it is also important to highlight where progress is being made and hear from women and companies working to change the status quo. Edcite has prioritized equity in education technology, from the products we offer to the teams and work culture we are building. In fact, women make up the majority of our team. Take the next few minutes to read about the Women of Edcite, and their thoughts on gender equity and working as a woman in tech!

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View the women’s full responses – Women of Edcite Interviews

Where We Stand  

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Make the First Step

Priya_Indumathi GIFIf you are a woman interested in working in the tech industry, consider taking a free online class or joining an organization that supports women like you! Here are three places to start:

  1. Code Academy
  2. Lean In
  3. Women in Technology International

In the Classroom

Because Edcite is an educational technology company, we understand how important it is to begin these conversations in the classroom. Here are two assignments that teach students about gender equality in the tech industry.

Elementary Assignment – Girlpreneurs

In this ELA assignment, students will read an article about a contest for 5th-9th grade girls called “The 54-Hour Startup Weekend.” At the end, students will be asked to come up with their own technology product.

Middle School Assignment – Bridging the Tech Gender Gap

In this ELA assignment, students will watch a video about Girls Who Code and reflect on the tech gender gap.

Join the Conversation 

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#EdTechEquity, Committing to the Conversation

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When we actively believe that all people deserve a high quality education, we become more mindful in aligning our actions to making that happen. Every individual and group has a responsibility and part to play in fostering and ensuring equitable education for all. We look to teachers in the classrooms to ensure that students are taught in an equitable way. We look to school leaders to ensure that teachers are supported in providing that equitable education. We look to communities and families to support the schools and work in partnership with their educators. We look to policy makers to write equitable policies. Everyone has a role. And everyone has a responsibility to fulfill it. But what does it look like to commit as a company or organization, as opposed to the individuals within it, to education equity?

I am a proud member of the Edcite Team and make education equity a priority in everything I do. I also know that every member of our team does the same. But how can we leverage the reach and potential as a company to also make education equity a priority? What responsibility do companies have in engaging in the extremely necessary conversations and actions in regards to equity around the world–specifically in our line of work, education technology equity? The answer should be obvious–a huge responsibility! With great power, comes great responsibility. When building a platform that has the power to touch the lives and education of millions of students, we have a responsibility to build it with equity in mind. When supporting teachers and schools who are already pushed for time and finances, we have a responsibility to provide with equity in mind. And when engaging with the world online in regards to Education Technology, we have a responsibility to do so with equity in mind.

This is why we are partnering with like-minded companies and organizations like Story Shares to provide free high quality reading material to students in our passage library. This is why we are mapping all of our content to the Irish Curriculum with Camara Ireland and providing resources as Gaeilge (in Irish). This is why are launching a Twitter chat next week, not about Edcite or EdTech in general, but about a conversation that needs to continue to grow–a conversation about equity in education technology.

Nobody has all the answers–but it is through dialogue that leads to action that moves us forward. Join us on Sundays at 2pm ET for a conversation about #EdTechEquity.

First chat starts on Sunday, November 1st as an introductory chat: What is #EdTechEquity?