Posted by Jen Rosato, Dan Blier, & Jake Baskin on Oct 27, 2020
CSTA is thrilled to announce the appointment of Charity Freeman and Abigail Joseph to the organization’s Board of Directors.

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CSTA is thrilled to announce the appointment of Charity Freeman and Abigail Joseph to the organization’s Board of Directors. 
 
Charity is a CS Teacher at Lane Tech College Prep High School, the largest of the Chicago Public Schools. Her current work emphasizes the importance of broadening participation among historically underrepresented high school students in CS via the integration of humanizing, critical pedagogical strategies in daily classroom instruction. She also facilitates district-wide professional development workshops for high school educators around Exploring Computer Science curricular implementation. Charity is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction at Loyola University Chicago. She is a contributing member of the Computer Science Teachers Association, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education, and the American Educational Research Association. Also, as a Teach Plus Illinois K-12 Teaching Policy Fellow, she advocates for the recruitment and retention of teachers of color as a means to address a statewide teacher shortage and draw legislative attention to the lack of ethnically-relevant role models in increasingly diverse classrooms. Charity is passionately committed to democratizing Computer Science by supporting equitable student access, engagement, and achievement, both within and beyond the classroom. 
 
 
Abigail has an extensive career as an educator in the California Bay Area. Her commitment to education includes work developing and supporting programs in schools and organizations like MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement), Girls Incorporated, Black Girls Code, and the Krause Center for Innovation. She has spent the past eight years developing computer science programs and recently developed curriculum for a mobile app programming book for kids. Abigail currently works as the Director of Learning, Innovation, and Design in the Middle School at The Harker School in San Jose and is an MIT Master Trainer for App Inventor. Beyond teaching, making, and the arts, her current passion is edstoria.com and uncovering ways to help teachers not vanish from the educational landscape. She holds a B.S.E in computer science from Princeton University and an M.S./Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
 
As we said in May, we see the effects of systemic racism throughout our society, and we see it in our schools and classrooms, where our current systems and structures deny Black students the opportunity to access and persist in computer science. This is also true about our Board election process that resulted in almost no Black representation on the Board. The CSTA Board of Directors is fully committed to enacting lasting change so that the board represents the diversity of our nation’s students and teachers, providing a variety of perspectives to inform the organization’s future. 
 
Today’s appointments are specifically to address this lack of representation in the short term. It is important that we also make systemic adjustments. Starting at the Board of Directors meeting this past July, we charged the Nominations and Elections Committee with developing revisions to the election process by January 2021, in time to implement for the 2021 CSTA elections. The Nominations and Elections Committee will be seeking input from the full CSTA community to inform the process throughout the fall.
 
Jen Rosato
Dan Blier
Jake Baskin
Chair, CSTA Board
Chair-Elect, CSTA Board
Executive Director, CSTA