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Dunbar Teacher to Receive Aspirations in Computing Award

Nat center women techLEXINGTON, Ky. (4/21/14) — Jason Reed, a math teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, will receive an Aspirations in Computing Educator Award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Reed, who has taught at Dunbar for 11 years, will be recognized by the NCWIT Kentucky affiliate at an April 22 program in Rupp Arena. He will receive an engraved commemorative award, up to $1,000 of expense reimbursement for computing-related professional development and a laptop provided by AT&T and Dell.

Aspirations in Computing is a talent development pipeline initiative. The educator award identifies outstanding teachers who play a pivotal role in encouraging young women to explore their interest in computing and technology, and commends these educators’ efforts to promote gender equity in computing. Nationwide, more than 100 educators have been recognized in the past three years.

“Computer programming will be a vital form of literacy for the next generation,” Reed said. “I am lucky to have the opportunity to introduce students to this new skill set, and I love helping them discover success with something they assumed was impossibly difficult.”

Reed received a B.S. in computer science, a B.S. in math education and an M.A. in education from the University of Kentucky, as well as an M.A. in instructional technology from Georgetown College. He has taught AP Computer Science since 2003. During that span, the number of students enrolled in computer programming courses has quadrupled, and Dunbar now offers three levels of classes. Computer programming is also now a requirement for Math, Science and Technology Center students.

Last year in Kentucky, one-third of the students taking the AP Computer Science exam came from Reed’s classes, and his students produced 45 percent of the state’s passing grades. The increased interest and numbers in computer programming have allowed Reed to reach a broader audience. Female students now make up a third of his classes, and of those, 94 percent earned a passing score on the AP exam.

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