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Supporting 21st Century Literacy!

Code Whatever is 501c3 nonprofit in the state of Illinois dedicated to supporting learners and folx who would like to learn to support learning. If there is something you are passionate about and want to do it better, we may be able to help. If you are passionate about living in a world that is more mutually supportive and supports human rights, you may want help being more effective. We host open learning environments over Zoom that you can join here. Our main focus so far has been professional computer programming, design, digital literacy and media literacy.

We facilitate learning for you to:

  • build your website
  • design accessible apps
  • Media Literacy
  • automate boring/repeated tasks
  • Systems Thinking: How do we design services and systems that help people in ways that matter?
  • make wanted and needed programs
  • develop a career you love
  • learn to teach: support ingenuity
  • js, react, express, mongo, python, fp, sql
  • professional skills: git, u/li|nix, deployment, tdd, security, interviews, challenges
  • Languages including: JavaScript, Python, C, C++, Java, LISP, Scheme, Objective C, Ruby, TypeScript, SQL, HTML, CSS and more.
  • Serverside JavaScript frameworks: Node.js, Express.js, Apollo, 11ty
  • Clientside JavaScript: React, Angular, Redux including RTK Query, Apollo, Forkmik, Downshift, Vue.js, Ember.js, Backbone.js, YUI3, Underscore.js, jQuery, Vanilla JS and many more
  • Databases: MongoDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite, Redis, FireBase, DynamoDB, GraphQL
  • Cloud Services: AWS, Google Cloud, Digital Ocean, CI/CD
  • Nix: Linux, Unix, Docker and Deployment Infrastructure.
  • Version Control: Github, Gitlab
  • Tooling: VSCode, Vim, Vi, Emacs and more
  • Auth: Auth0, Google, Facebook, SuperTokens, AWS and more
  • Class Free Object Oriented Programming for capability security in JS.
  • Functional Programming: Higher order functions, Pure Functional Programming
  • TDD: Challenges and in projects.
  • Literate Programming: Learn to write programs that humans love to read.
  • Facilitation of meetings.
  • Literature: scientific or poetic, let’s get a group together to read books.
  • Philosophy: From Plato, Montaigne and Kant to Simone de Beauvoir, Ella Baker, Richard Rorty and Dr. Cornell West and Dr. Jason Stanley.
  • History: American, World, Civil Disobedience, Art, Musical and Literary.
  • Writing
  • And more

Beaei Pardo - Executive Director Biography

  • One of two founding co-leads of Thinkful’s Full Time Bootcamp which at the time became the #1 nationally rated Bootcamp in the U.S. by Course Reports.
  • On the historic original core development team of Amply programming electric vehicle charging infrastructure for local municipalities in California reducing cost for them, making a profit, receiving A Series Funding and lowering carbon emissions at scale.
  • A perpetual activist living for four days and nights on and near the steps of the United States Senate to get the PACT Act passed which guaranteed 3.5 million veterans cancer treatment that was previously denied.
  • Currently the director of a nonprofit that supports learning, creativity, development and a more creative and supportive society.
  • I don’t just help you get the job, I help you build a career you love, deserve and can keep. My students have built careers at Google, Rakuten, Auth0, Pearson Education, NBC, and more.
  • I am a trained mediator by Longmont Restorative Justice.
  • I study regularly with Dr. Loretta Ross and Loan Tran on creating Call In Culture for building spaces where Human Rights are valued and supported.
  • We work towards helping you be more capable at things that are relevant or that really matter to you. If you have a homework assignment that you don’t understand, we work on the concepts outside the assignment, so you can solve the assignment yourself.
  • If you are making an app, we work together so you understand for yourself everything needed to build a quality app.
  • If you had an idea for an SVG image, we would help and support you at that while asking questions that help you get what you really want.
  • My pedagogy is partly my own, but also inspired by John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Paolo Freire, Caroline Pratt, Deborah Meier, Alfie Kohn, Bell Hooks, George Lakey, Ella Baker, Eleanor Duckworth, Dr. David P. Langford, Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Dr. Russell Ackoff, John Seddon among others.

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