Chelan Teacher and Manson Superintendent Husband-Wife Team up to promote TEALS

Information compiled from Chelan High School and Microsoft

Chelan and Manson High School faculty and programs were featured in a Microsoft video and news post touting the importance of TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) — especially in rural areas.

The Video, which was released this week to commemorate Computer Science Education Week, highlights the Lake Chelan Valley with video footage interspersed by interviews with husband and wife educator team: Matt Charlton, Manson School Superintendent and Shelley Charlton, Chelan High School Teacher.

In the accompanying article by Suzanne Choney titled “Cracking the code to helping educators learn and teach computer science”, the Charltons are credited with helping bring the Microsoft-funded TEALS program to their respective schools.

Crosby Carpenter, CHS Associate Principal and CTE Director, indicated that Chelan High School was the first high school in Washington State to require all 9th grade students to take TEALS. Now computer science is a requirement for every freshman of both Chelan and Manson high schools, creating a challenge to find trained educators to teach the subject.

Carpenter praised the willingness of teachers and volunteers to learn alongside their students in order to further the program. Chelan High School plans to offer an AP Computer Science class starting next year.

CHS Principal Brad Wilson extended kudos to Carpenter and Charlton for helping making the program happen, and for taking the time to coordinate the filming and interviewing. He indicated that Charlton has presented the program to the North Central Educational Service District. CHS will be hosting representatives from Cashmere High School this week as they consider implementing a similar program.

How you can prepare your students to be future ready in a rural high school 

Microsoft: Published on Nov 30, 2018
Watch how a grassroots effort in rural Eastern Washington turned a sparsely populated elective class into a required course for every freshman—through the advocacy and can-do attitude of a superintendent-teacher/husband-wife team.