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Teaching Inheritance, Revisited

By Dan Roberts, Lead Instructor, Interim Director of Education In a previous post we discussed the problem of teaching inheritance in object-oriented programming. Ada’s curriculum relies heavily on inheritance, so we asked three questions: What about teaching inheritance is hard? How is inheritance used in the real world? Given those constraints, how can we teach inheritance more effectively? We identified that inheritance solves a complex problem, and that the way inheritance is typically taught doesn’t correspond well with how inheritance…

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Meet Our New Program Manager Gabriela!

By: Gabriela Pinto (she/her), Program Manager – Philanthropy & Communications  I am excited to join the Ada family as our newest Program Manager of Philanthropy and Communications!  Working closely with our Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development, Alexandra, I look forward to strengthening community support for our Adies, expanding our fundraising channels to create a foundation for growth in our programs and cultivating and sharing the amazing stories from our current and past students.  Before landing at Ada, I spent…

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Unpacking the Ada Loan Fund: Why it Matters & How it Works

We get lots of questions from alums and donors about how the Ada Loan Fund works.  We know it’s a bit confusing so we wanted to put together the following guide to bring clarity.  Access to low-cost, unsecured loans is hard for many students, so this is where Ada steps in to help fill the gaps so students can cover living expenses while they attend Ada.  We recognize that some students could receive loans from conventional banks which have more…

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Meet Our New Instructor Jared!

By Jared Maddox (he/him), Instructor  Hi! I’m Jared Maddox, my pronouns are he/him and I’m very excited to join as an Instructor here at Ada! Before graduating from The University of Texas I got to join part-time staff at Lanier High School as a Tutor. By the time a graduated and moved to Seattle, I knew I loved teaching. I volunteered with Treehouse as a Tutor to satisfy my itch to teach while I worked at Amazon Music as a…

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Meet Our New Instructor Becca!

By Becca Elenzil (she/her), Instructor  Greetings! I’m Becca and I’m super excited to join Ada as a classroom instructor. I’ve worked as a middle and high school math and computer science teacher for the last five years, most recently at the Bush School in Seattle. At Bush I taught a number of different courses, primarily in Python, including Fundamentals of CS, Game Design, Data Structures & Algorithms, and Data Science. I also taught creative coding electives including Apps for Good…

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Instructional Team Update

by Dan Roberts, Lead Instructor, Interim Director of Education Hello Ada community!  I’ve spent some time reading through your responses to the strategic planning survey we sent out a few weeks back. Something that stood out to me from the written comments is that we haven’t done a particularly good job of communicating what the instructional team looks like these days. So with the “T” in SECRETS in mind, I figured I would write a little update on who’s here…

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Welcome Miriam Cortes!

We’re excited to welcome two new Alums as Advisory Board Members!  We caught up with Miriam Cortes from Cohort 6 to get an inside look on how Ada impacted she and her vision for board involvement.   Miriam Cortes, C6 Ada Alum [she/her] Software Development Engineer, Zillow HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WERE ADMITTED INTO ADA?   I was in disbelief! I was about to teach a class and it just felt unreal, like listening to someone talking when you’re underwater. …

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Welcome Liz Rush!

We’re excited to welcome two new Alums as Advisory Board Members!  We caught up with Liz Rush from Cohort 1 to get an inside look on how Ada impacted her and her vision for board involvement.   Liz Rush, C1 Ada Alum [she/her] Anti-Trafficking Technology Director, Seattle Against Slavery How did you feel when you were admitted into Ada?   I didn’t love my job so I felt a ton of relief that I’d get to go do an accelerated program like…

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We’d love to let you in on the Ada SECRETS!

As the Ada team plans for the year ahead, we made the decision to start fresh with a clean build. We wanted to invest the time to more clearly define who we are as a team, what we expect of one another and what our Adies and community partners can expect from us. The entire Ada staff worked together to come up with the foundation for what has become our “Ada SECRETS” A small cross functional team from student services…

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Interview with Rachel Klein, Ada’s new advisory board member

Welcome to the Ada Developers Community! Tell us what drew you to serve on the Ada advisory board? I am passionate about providing education for young people, especially underrepresented students. My first job out of college was in software development, but while I liked the work and was good at it, it didn’t feel like I fit in or belonged, and I certainly wasn’t supported by my managers. I was able to use my computer programmer skills — data management…

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