Charity manages and oversees the implementation of teacher training programs within DPI’s Community Education Unit, focusing on building capacity in computer and data science/analytics at the high school and community college levels. This includes supporting the implementation of the CS endorsement for in-service teachers, as well as leading and coordinating teacher-focused professional development learning opportunities at DPI.
Previously, Charity was a computer science teacher at Lane Tech College Prep High School, the largest of the Chicago Public Schools. She also facilitated district-wide professional development workshops for high school educators around the implementation of the Exploring Computer Science curriculum as a Professional Learning Committee Lead. As a Teach Plus Illinois K-12 Teaching Policy Fellow, she advocated for the recruitment and retention of teachers of color as a means to address the statewide teacher shortage and draw legislative attention to the lack of ethnically-relevant role models in increasingly diverse classrooms. In her work as an inaugural Equity Fellow with the Computer Science Teachers Association, Charity supported the development of ongoing, peer-to-peer professional learning experiences focused on addressing issues of equity in computer science classrooms for CSTA members around the globe.
Charity is completing her master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies, while earning her Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Loyola University Chicago. She currently serves as an appointed member of the Computer Science Teachers Association’s Board of Directors. She is also a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), and she provides keynotes, workshops, and conference sessions on diversity, equity, and inclusion in (computer science) education for various organizations and events, including the Computer Science Teachers Association, Georgia Tech’s Constellations Center for Equity in Computing, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, The Inclusive STEM & CS Summit, the Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit, Loyola University Chicago, and Chicago Public Schools.
Charity continues to support equitable student access, engagement, and achievement in computer science, both within and beyond the classroom. “CS For All means making Computer Science a democracy where any student can envision a programmer, coder, or gamer, and see themselves.”