Engage with CSTA
Whether you are a K–12 computer science teacher or an advocate, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved with and give back to CSTA! New opportunities will be posted throughout the year, so keep an eye out for more information on all our communication channels.
Volunteer opportunities are open to current CSTA members only, with certain volunteer opportunities — like serving on a committee or as a CSHS advisor — open only to CSTA+ members. If you’re not a CSTA member, we encourage you to join today!
Volunteer Your Time with CSTA
CSTA is proud to be an organization that thrives on volunteer support. Help give back and shape the future of CSTA by volunteering for one or more of the following:
While every committee is a little different, committee members generally participate in one virtual meeting a month, plus approximately two hours of additional work, for a total of 2–5 hours per month. Committee terms vary, but most committee terms are two years long. Most committees will select members in the fall, while others (such as the CSTA Conference Committee) have different timelines. Open committees include:
- Awards: Support the annual development and implementation of CSTA and CS awards.
- Chapter Leadership: Plan and facilitate professional learning opportunities for other CSTA Chapter Leaders. Must be an active Chapter Leader to apply.
- CS Honor Society (CSHS): Shape the CSHS program and help plan and facilitate support to CSHS advisors.
- CSTA Conference Committee: Join the team that makes CSTA’s conference great! This group of volunteers selects the conference program and drives the vision for the onsite attendee experience. This committee accepts applications in the spring.
- CSTA Editorial Board: Source and write content for The Voice, and shape the editorial calendar.
- Policy: Vet, develop, and/or adopt equitable policy recommendations. Develop a toolkit to support CSTA members and Chapter Leaders to advocate for these policy recommendations at the state level.
- Professional Development Committee: Vet PD opportunities to help teachers find quality programs that meet their needs. Research and report on current PD trends and provide guidance and community to PD providers.
- Reflective Teachers: Develop use or case studies to demonstrate effective and equitable teaching practice and teacher self-reflection in written and video formats.
- Standards Alignment: Help evaluate curriculum offerings and alignment with the CSTA K–12 Computer Science Standards.
A team of passionate CSTA members selected to enrich our virtual community spaces. These educators are responsible for co-facilitating discussions and responding to community members. Community Ambassadors will participate in one virtual meeting a month and engage with specific communities approximately 1-2 hours a month for a total of 2-3 hours per month.
We rely on many volunteers to review conference session proposals, equity fellowship applications, and awards applications. This is a shorter, one-time commitment of 2-3 hours at several points throughout the year.
Write an original 500–1,500-word post to share with the CSTA community. We welcome submissions on topics relevant to K–12 CS teachers, and we especially love posts written by current teachers. See submission guidelines. This is a short, one-time commitment.
Volunteer Locally with CSTA
Serve as a Chapter Leader
CSTA Chapters are the beating heart of CSTA, connecting CSTA members on the local, state, and regional levels. CSTA Chapters are led by volunteer Chapter Leaders. Learn more about becoming a Chapter Leader.
Start a Computer Science Honor Society (CSHS)
Join part of a growing cohort of over 200 national honor societies in North America! Support equity in computer science, encourage secondary students’ enthusiasm for computer science, honor academic excellence, and promote service by starting a CS honor society in your school. When you become an advisor, you’ll help grow support for CS at your school by launching service projects and fostering mentorship among students. CSHS chapters are eligible for grants as available, as well as for recognition opportunities within CSTA. Learn more about starting a society.
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Contribute to CSTA’s Mission
Visit the CSTA Contribute page to learn how you can help us work toward a world where every student has an effective computer science teacher.