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A stage with the CSTA logo and a rainbow city skyline.
CS teacher pride, manifested as a rainbow Chicago skyline.

CSTA 2022 trip report: teaching, equity, and a bit of professional healing

The Chicago skyline and a reflection of me above it from the glare of the window.
The soon to be cloudy city skyline from my 31st floor hotel room.


Amy in a blue floral dress talking to an attendee pointing to a laptop.
I chat with a session attendee about the book. Credit: BT Twarek.


A stage with panelists looking at the projector screen with a video playing with a Black man talking lyrically about Black men in teaching.
The panel shows a video on why Black men leave teaching.
The CSTA main stage with Yolanda gesturing to the audience.
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz talks racial literacy and it’s relationship to equitable CS teaching.
Michelle Friend on stage gesturing at the podium with a slide that says “Researcher-Practitioner Gap”
Michelle leads us in a discussion of K-12 teacher challenges.


An over the shoulder shot of Richard using Blocks for All on an iPad.
Richard demonstrates Blocks for All.
The CSTA rainbow stage with Sonal speaking in a beige blazer
Sonal speaks briefly about mobilizing community.
A view of the atrium with several hundred attendees talking, drinking, and dancing.
CSTA attendees mingle, dance, and play.
Amy in a mirror with the focus on her bleeding thumb.
It wasn’t bad, but it was bloody.


Amy in a green dress and black mask with her hair down in the convention center.



This is the blog for the Code & Cognition lab, directed by professor Amy J. Ko, Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Here we reflect on our individual and collective struggle to understand computing and harness it for justice. See our work at

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Amy J. Ko

Professor of programming + learning + design + justice at the University of Washington Information School. Trans; she/her. #BlackLivesMatter.