Our goal is to ensure coding education is accessible to each and every student. In particular we’re dedicated to increasing diversity in the field of computer science by ensuring we reach underrepresented students who are disadvantaged in traditional education environments including girls, minorities, students with learning disabilities, low SES students and students from rural communities.
Kiera Peltz is both a Gates-Cambridge Scholar, having earned her Masters with Distinction in Political and Economic Sociology at the University of Cambridge, and she is currently a Schwarzman Scholar pursuing a second Masters in International Economics at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science and Happiness.
One summer, while attending an international conference in Seliger, Russia, she met a group of Estonians, who spoke about the importance of early childhood coding, stating that it’s mandatory for every Estonian, starting at age seven, to learn how to code.
Upon returning to the United States, Kiera began critically examining the U.S. education system and came to realize that while the world has changed drastically in the past 50 years, our country’s K-12 curriculum has remained relatively unaltered. So she set out to fix the gap in the education system to ensure no child would lack the necessary skills needed to thrive in the 21st century, and thus, The Coding School was born.
Co founder of shutterfly
Former VP of Amazon
Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal
Founder of Pilot
Ravi Pendse, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of
Information Technology at University of Michigan
Software Engineer at SpaceX
Professor of Engineering at USC
Co-chair of USC STEM Education Consortium
Associate Professor of Engineering Practice at USC
There is no skill more important in the 21st century than coding. It’s the way the world operates, and those who know how to do it, will have the competitive edge. That’s why we’re dedicated to ensuring coding is accessible to all students including geographically and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.
We’ve found students with special needs flourish in their academics across the board with the introduction of coding education, and that they are particularly gifted in this field. codeConnects was in part developed with these findings in mind as it provides the ideal learning environment needed for students who need extra support.
Females and minorities remain significantly underrepresented in the field of computer science. codeConnects overcomes the structural and systemic barriers that prevent underrepresented groups from pursuing computer science by providing nontraditional teaching methods that engage, empower and inspire individuals who are typically left behind.
We’ve developed a multi-year curriculum to ensure students aren’t just introduced to the world of computer science but that they have the support and guidance to develop their coding skills with years of mentorship and personalized lessons.
Coding classes -- where offered -- are often tuition based, making it impossible for low-income students to attend these courses. With so many inherent barriers to coding education, money should not be one of them. We’re dedicated to providing scholarships to students with financial need who wouldn’t have lessons otherwise.
The field of computer science lacks diversity, leaving minorities, females, LGBTQ, and special needs students, significantly underrepresented. This is largely due structural and systemic barriers in traditional education environments. codeConnects is the only program of its kind reimagining coding education & ensuring these structural barriers are overcome.
Coding classes -- where offered -- are often tuition based, making it impossible for low-income students to attend these courses. With so many inherent barriers to coding education, money should not be one of them. We’re dedicated to providing scholarships to students with financial need who wouldn’t have lessons otherwise