By: Daniel T. Jones

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Equity Fellowship is a unique and rewarding opportunity for educators and instructional allies to make a significant impact in the field of computer science education. Here are some compelling reasons why you should consider becoming a CSTA Equity Fellow.

Building a Network of Allies

One of the most enriching aspects of the CSTA Equity Fellowship is the opportunity to build a network of allies from all walks of life. These allies are not just colleagues, but they are individuals who share a common goal — to disrupt inequities in K-12 computer science education. This network provides a platform for collaboration, sharing of ideas, and mutual support. As a fellow, you will be part of this dynamic network, working together to make a difference in the lives of all students.

Learning from Each Other

The fellowship program fosters a culture of learning from each other. Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of experiences and perspectives. This diversity enriches the learning experience, as fellows can learn from each other’s successes and challenges. The fellowship provides a safe space for fellows to share their experiences, learn from each other, and grow as educators and advocates for equity in computer science education.

Gaining Insight into Curriculum and Standards Development

As a CSTA Equity Fellow, you will gain valuable insights into curriculum and standards development. You will have the opportunity to understand the intricacies of developing an inclusive curriculum that caters to the diverse needs of students. You will also learn about the standards that guide computer science education and how they can be implemented in an equitable manner. This knowledge will not only enhance your teaching practices but also empower you to advocate for equitable policies and practices in your school or district.

Making a Difference

Perhaps the most compelling reason to become a CSTA Equity Fellow is the opportunity to make a difference. As a fellow, you will be at the forefront of efforts to disrupt inequities in computer science education. You will have the opportunity to influence policies, develop inclusive curricula, and advocate for equitable practices. Your work as a fellow will have a lasting impact on students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, by providing them with equitable access to computer science education.

Professional Development

The CSTA Equity Fellowship is also an excellent professional development opportunity. The fellowship provides numerous learning and leadership development opportunities. As a fellow, you will enhance your skills in equitable teaching practices, curriculum development, and advocacy. You will also develop leadership skills that will benefit you in your career.


Becoming a CSTA Equity Fellow is a rewarding and enriching experience. It provides an opportunity to build a network of allies, learn from each other, and gain insights into curriculum and standards development. Most importantly, it provides an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students by promoting equity in computer science education. If you are passionate about computer science education and equity, the CSTA Equity Fellowship is an opportunity you should consider.

Interested in learning more about becoming a CSTA Equity Fellow? Head to our Equity Fellow Webpage to learn more and apply!

About the Author

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Dan Jones is in his third year of teaching computer science and sixth year of teaching special needs students at Whispering Pines Educational Center in Miramar, Florida. He takes great pride in connecting the world of computer science to his student’s everyday lives. He is a graduate from Florida International University with a master’s degree in higher education administration. He is also a doctoral candidate in K-12 organizational leadership. Dan’s true passion is his love of education and his desire to elevate his students to the next level of their educational journeys. He is committed to creating a career pathway program for his students and helping them find out what their passion for the future is. He brings a diverse technical background to classroom having spent 22 years as a Cadillac and ASE certified master technician. He is relentless in his pursuit of learning and teaching computer science and is currently working on completing the requirements for a STEM teaching fellowship at Florida Atlantic University. He is a 2023 CSTA Teaching Excellence regional award winner. He is the robotics and Esports coach at his school and hosts gaming tournaments for his students when they are not competing against other schools. He recently won a gaming lab, seven Alienware Gaming Computers through High School Esports League (HSEL) and is having a blast teaching AP computer science this year. He believes that everyone can learn computer science.