NCWIT at CSTA 2022

Start date: July 14, 2022
End date: July 17, 2022
All-day event
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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CSTA is a dynamic and vibrant organization of professionals interested in supporting computer science education in grades K-12.The annual CSTA conference brings together a world class professional development and educator community to build skills, meet other teachers, and get inspired. NCWIT presenters will share research and resources from the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program to help increase girls’ participation in computing classes.

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Engaging Counselors, Teachers, and Administrators to Broaden Participation in Computing // Friday, July 15, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. // Location: W183a

In this presentation, attendees will learn how to develop effective partnerships with counselors, administrators, and fellow teachers to assist in recruitment for CS classes. While it’s easy to think that the students for whom a CS class is designed will naturally find the class and enroll in it, this isn’t always the case. There are many reasons why potentially interested students, particularly girls and students of color, might not enroll in a CS class. CS instructors can actively recruit students on their own, of course. But developing an effective partnership with a school counselor and administrator can help increase interest and participation well beyond an individual teacher’s reach. Counselors are integral parts of the registration process, while administrators understand certification and scheduling. Both can be a CS teacher’s greatest champions! Simply offering a course will not create equity or promote the goal of CS for All. A plan and focused effort is required, and partnerships between teachers and counselors are an essential part of that plan.

presented by representatives from NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C)


Three Essential Values for Building Inclusive Computer Science Experiences for All Students // Saturday, July 16, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. // Location: W181b

NCWIT will share three core values for designing engaging and inclusive computer science experiences for broadening the participation of girls, women, and other underrepresented populations. Infusing program design with these values (peer mentorship, inclusivity, and hands-on engagement) leads to the greatest impact for participants and their communities. This presentation will walk participants through these three core values, drawing examples from the new AspireIT Toolkit. We will discuss how to utilize the samples, guides, and NCWIT research provided via the Toolkit, as well as drawing on participants’ sharing, to create engaging computing experiences.  

presented by NCWIT AspireIT Program Manager Tanner Bergamo

Birds of a Feather (BOF)

Beyond the Binary: Why Gender Equity in the Classroom Requires Queer Inclusion // Sunday, July 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. // Location: W181c

This birds of a feather session will bring together CS educators, counselors, and administrators to discuss the importance of queer inclusion in conversations about gender equity in technology. The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT)’s Aspirations in Computing (AiC) community is open to women, genderqueer, and nonbinary students interested in technology. Through our network of support, we aim to significantly increase meaningful representation of all historically marginalized genders in computer science. Learn from NCWIT staff and fellow participants about the methods, terminology, and best practices for queer inclusion and how you can meet the needs of women, genderqueer, and nonbinary students in your school or classroom.

presented by NCWIT AiC Regional Affiliate Manager John Kelly and NCWIT AiC Recognitions Program Specialist Lauren Tomkinson


NCWIT Educator Meet-Up // Friday, July 15, 5:30 p.m. // Location: Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta

To show our gratitude for all of the work you do to support women, genderqueer, and nonbinary students in tech and computing, NCWIT is hosting a meet-up for all educators and teachers who are involved with NCWIT or who want to get involved for the first time. Whether you have endorsed a high school application, won an educator award, been a partner for an AspireIT program, or simply educate students in computing and technology, we want to buy you dinner and celebrate another great year. Please RSVP here, and join us.

hosted by the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program


Booth Number 528

Stop by our booth to meet our team, learn more about current NCWIT programs and initiatives, and pick up the latest resources to support your change-leading efforts.

For more information about the CSTA 2022 Conference, visit the conference webpage.

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