Reading. Writing Ruby on Rails... Why Elementary School Cant Ignore High-Tech Skills

April 15, 2015
Hosted by Marcia Zidle

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As the global knowledge economy transforms the nature of work and the skills that are required for success, a new breed of educators argue that children should learn technical skills at a young age. How early should children begin writing computer code? “Kindergarten,” says Dr. Allen Selis. Selis believes that American schools are at risk of creating a generation of students who are functionally illiterate in the fields of computer programming, engineering and design. In response, Dr. Selis launched Tech EdVentures, a Dallas-based educational technology company that specializes in coding for kids from Pre-K through Eighth grades. Over the last year, Tech EdVentures has brought classes in micro-chip programming, robotics, computer assisted design and computer programming to young children. In this session, Selis shares his vision of how education is about to change and why private-sector educational entrepreneurs will be the most important agents of change.

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Marcia Zidle

Marcia Zidle

Marcia Zidle, The Smart Moves Coach, works with entrepreneurial ventures and small to medium size companies to build and leverage their leadership foundation to move from Start-Up to Scale-Up to Successful Enterprise. In other words, she helps them take the growing pains out of growth.

Coming from a unique entrepreneurial and corporate background, she’s both street smart and strategic as she guides CEO’s and their management teams to focus on the right priorities - the right talent - the right alignment - the right performance to get the right results that will satisfy their investors, customers and other stakeholders.

With 25 years of management, business consulting and international experience, she brings an expertise in executive and team leadership; employee engagement and performance; personal and organization change; emotional and social intelligence. Her clients range from privately owned businesses to mid-market professional firms to divisions of global companies in the following industries: healthcare, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, high-tech, hospitality as well as governments and nonprofit agencies.

Marcia's "claim to fame" is as a global citizen, living as an expatriate with her family in Scandinavia and Australia. In fact, one of her children is an "Aussie.” She’s traveled in over 30 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Far East and South Pacific.

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