NCWIT at CSTA 2024

Start date: July 16, 2024
End date: July 19, 2024
All-day event
Location: Las Vegas, NV
NCWIT On the Road
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Find #NCWITontheroad at the CSTA Conference!

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is looking forward to presenting and networking with partners at the annual Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 16 – 19! Find a list of locations and opportunities to connect with NCWIT staff on site below, and follow NCWIT on Linkedin | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter for daily #NCWITontheroad updates and more! All times listed below reflect the local time zone, Pacific Time. Registration will remain open through July 12th.

Booth #136

Meet with NCWIT staff, pick up resources, and learn about opportunities to get involved with programs designed to support counselors, educators, and the students who are the future of tech. The booth will be staffed daily, and more information about hours can be found below:

  • Tuesday: 1 pm – 4:30 pm, and 6 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 8 am – 3 pm
  • Thursday: 8 am – 3 pm
  • Friday: 8 am – 11:30 am

A Toolkit for Navigating Equity Without Getting Canceled

Wednesday, July 17: 10:30 am – 11:30 am | Forum Ballroom 122-123

With the current national dialogue around the suppression and silencing of equity initiatives, it is especially important to share, discuss, and enhance methods of resistance. Join NCWIT to learn about practices to subvert censorship of racial and gender equity work in CS and Technology classrooms. In this session, learn more about the evolution of NCWIT from serving women in 2004 to serving women, non-binary, and genderqueer technologists in 2018. This change was not initially an organizational one, but was instead born from the 20,000+ individuals the community served. This session will explore these aspects of the organization’s growth through the lens of language. While gender and racial equity is a constant social challenge, the language surrounding it has been anything but consistent. Presenters will also share strategies for how to continue advancing equity efforts in increasingly hostile environments that could put jobs at risk.

NCWIT is the premiere research organization for issues of gender equity in technology, and this presentation will center on the experiences and stories of the 25,000 members of NCWIT’s Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community. Join NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community Manager Lauren Tomkinson and NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community Engagement Manager Terina–Jasmine Alladin to learn more and access actionable, research-based resources.

Navigating DEI Challenges in the K-12 Setting

Thursday, July 18: 10:30 am – 11:30 am | Forum Ballroom 119-121

Leaders from prominent computer science nonprofit organizations in the NCWIT K-12 Alliance — including CSforALL and the National Girls Collaborative Project, and NCWIT — will join one of CSTA’s recent Equity Fellows to talk through diversity, equity, and inclusion in the K–12 space. Presenters will share recent DEI challenges and discuss research-based best practices to build community and get buy-in for broadening participation in computing. In this session, presenters will also walk attendees through core values for teaching CS, explore ways to identify unconscious bias, and share ideas to find allies and advocates to support the work of building an inclusive environment.

Join this hands-on workshop to build an action plan and take home a series of goals and resources designed to equip K-12 educators to enhance inclusive practices from NCWIT and collaborative partners. Presenters for this session include:

  • Leigh Ann DeLyser, Executive Director at CSforALL
  • Joe Meléndez, SCRIPT Program Lead at CSforALL
  • Carla Neely, DoD STEM Ambassador and Middle School Science & Computer Science Teacher at Warrensville Heights Middle School
  • June Teisan, NCWIT K-12 Alliance and Regional Initiatives Manager for Michigan

From Aspiration to Reality: Access, Equity, and Inclusion in CS

Friday, July 19: 10:30 am – 11:30 am | Forum Ballroom 112-113

Hear from a panel of recipients of the national NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award as they discuss their experiences serving diverse communities across the US. Presenters will share a range of differentiated approaches to growing access, inclusion, and gender equity in secondary CS classes. This session presents authentic, real-world responses to the challenge posed by NCWIT’s tagline: “The idea you don’t have is the voice you haven’t heard.” Panelists and audience members will have a safe space to share real-world perspectives, strategies, practical interventions, hard-won progress, and actionable takeaways to grow proportional representation and gender equity in computing.

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) program offers opportunities for recognition and support in CS education for K-12 educators and women, genderqueer, and non-binary students and workforce members. Join NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Regional Affiliate Manager Eva Bradshaw to learn more about supporting students’ aspirations in computing, the national and regional awards, and other opportunities to get involved.

How CSTA + NCWIT work together

CSTA is a member organization in the NCWIT K-12 Alliance, a nationwide network of change-makers who are working to increase inclusion and participation in computer science and STEM education. Districts, schools, and non-profits with aligned missions are encouraged to join and access free NCWIT resources and recognition opportunities. Together, we amplify and support engaging events, inclusive initiatives, research-based resources, and opportunities for professional development.

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