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A book for educators on empowering girls in coding by creating a culture of gender equity in the teaching of computer programming.
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Why THE Book

There's an imbalance in the field of technology. Men are still the majority of position holders at tech companies around the world, as the number of women in these roles has been on a steady decline since 1984. Organizations have been focused on making books, toys and programs to spark girls' interest in tech fields, particularly as it pertains to learning how to code. However, there is one category of influencers in a girl's life that continues to be underutilized and overlooked - their educators. 

Where the funds go

As a nonfiction writer, I'll need to commission a developmental/content editor to insure that my content and citations are formatted correctly and succinctly, and that the information I'm providing is correct. The commissioning of this developmental/content editor will occur after I complete two rounds of edits on my own. Once the developmental/content editor completes their edit, I'll then review their edits, make changes as needed, and submit my work to a copy editor. The copy editor will be commissioned to check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation 

Developmental Editing/Content Editing

$0.08 per word X 45,000 words = $3,600

Copy Editing

$0.018 per word X 45,000 words = $810

Rewards (Printing and Shipping)

Varies = $500 - $1000

Any amount that exceeds the pledge goal will go towards creating cover art for the book, and fulfilling rewards. In addition, for every 1 percent achieved over the goal, I'll be donating one book to an EdCamp of the pledgers' choosing. While there is no official stretch goal, I do hope to raise $8,000 to be able to donate 50 books to EdCamps around the world.

About the Book

Though the completed book is still in draft form, here are a few images on the length as well as the content.

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Current Table of Contents
Current Table of Contents

The Educator IMPACT

In looking at how young people spend their waking hours, we can reason that within a 168 hour week, approximately 112 hours of those are awake hours. One third of those hours are spent with friends and family. One third are spent interacting with media, be it digital or analog. And, one third of those hours are spent with educators in a learning environment. As educators, we have an influence on how our students see themselves, whether we realize it or not. We can be the changemakers who empower our girls to take risks in learning how to code.  

This is the premise for the book that I'm publishing. 

What IS it About

By identifying gender biases and understanding the root of them, educators will be able to see why gender equity is so important in the teaching of computer programming. Discovering career profiles of how computer programming integrates with a girl's passion will help educators open a window into a path that girls could pursue when they learn how to code. The book also focuses on tried and true teaching practices (for computer programming) that create a gender equitable learning environment. Though these gender equity best practices are meant for computer programming, they can be integrated across content areas. Once the teaching practices are understood, we then dive into ways in which computer programming can be implemented into the curriculum. These learning opportunities include integrations within mathematics, reading, language arts, and world languages. The book also includes elaborate descriptions of specific activities that are geared toward girls. With app-making challenges, physical computing introductions, and the integration of girl-centered resources in the learning environment, this book promises to deliver understandings and strategies that educators can implement into their respective teaching practices. 

Why YOU Should Support

The goal of this project is to positively impact the way in which educators teach computer programming in an environment that promotes gender equity. In understanding the "why" and "how" for implementing gender equitable best practices, the idea is that educators can lead the way in empowering more girls to be brave, take a risk, and dive into coding. 

As an additional incentive, for every 5 percent of my goal that is pledged, I'll be giving one free book to an EdCamp to support their cause of connecting and empowering educators.

Speaking of Rewards

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Risks and challenges

Since the first draft of this book is fully written, the risks are very minimal. I'm currently (November 2017) working on the second draft, and will be involving an editor in the process for the third, as well as the fourth, and final draft. The primary risk here is that the editing rounds take longer than the 6 weeks that I expect. My initial expected publish date is in January/February. However, to allow for more time to edit and publish, in the event that the duration in between edits extends beyond 6 weeks, I have pushed the expected completion date back to April.

As I plan to self-publish this book, I have already researched and selected the printing company, and will be ready to publish and print as soon as the final draft is ready. The fulfillment of orders takes approximately 2-3 weeks from the printing company, which will enable me to books and rewards to backers in a timely fashion, by April 2018.

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    Learn how to code with Raspberry Pi so that you can empower your learners while creating a more gender equitable learning environment.

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    YOU are the force that propels the movement forward. You lead professional studies on topics that matter. Supporting movements that impact the lives of the next generation of forward-thinking makers.

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