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Teachers in diverse areas are learning how to promote programming

A kindergartener learns to code on a Chromebook

If you want a wider range of kids learning how to code, it's not enough to encourage the students; you have to train the teachers, too. Accordingly, Code.org is launching a training campaign to help teachers promote programming in 60 high-diversity public school districts. The goal is to expose pupils from different cultural backgrounds to coding and make them comfortable with pursuing an education in computer science. It'll take years before it's clear how well the initiative works, but it won't be surprising if tech companies eventually have an easier time recruiting candidates from minorities that typically go underrepresented.

[Image credit: Kevin Jarrett, Flickr]