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The forth CSTANJ chapter meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, January  24th, 7 pm - 8:15 pm.  We know we are all getting back to school and catching up after the holiday season, but we hope you decide to attend and have a little CS fun. 

New to our chapter this year, CS teachers across the state will be presenting recent lessons they've done.  We call them Nifty Lessons, and they have been very popular with our chapter members.   We need a few volunteers for this meeting, if you are interested please complete the form sent in the Meeting Reminder Email to be considered! 

The meeting will conclude with a random participant being awarded a $25 Amazon Gift card.  To be eligible, FIRST - login to MemberNova then click on the this Jan 24th Meeting link then click the black register button. You also will need to fill out the attendance form on the night of the meeting for a chance to win!

We will send the zoom before the meeting. 
I hope you can join us!
Paige Besthoff - Emcee of the 1/24 chapter meeting.

Upcoming Events
2022-2023 Planned Meeting Dates
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022

  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022

  • Office Hours for CSEDWeek Tuesday or Wednesday Nov. 29 or 30, 2022

  • Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022

  • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2023

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2023

CSTA Chapter News

Spotlight of the Week:

Computer Science Praxis Office Hours

First Session - Tomorrow, January 5!

Where: Virtual, via Zoom


Dates and Times: January 5, 5:30 to 8:30pm

January 12, 5:30 to 8:30pm

January 19, 5:30 to 8:30pm

January 24, 5:30 to 8:30pm

January 26, 5:30 to 8:30pm

Who: Led by Mr. Ben Isecke

No RSVP needed - Pop in to the Office Hours Zoom at any time!

Stipends available for attending office hours. Praxis test reimbursement and pre-paid Praxis practice tests available through mid-March. Inquire with the Hub at turner25@tcnj.edu to access these offers.


Click Here for More Info & Zoom Link

More Elementary, Middle, and High School

Virtual and In-Person PD Opportunities:

Networks and the Internet with Cybersecurity:

January 28, 2023; 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM​

  • Located in person at The College of New Jersey. 
  • Aimed for Gr. 6-12
  • Led by Mr. Jeremy Milonas


CS Advanced Placement with CSA

January 30, February 6, and February 13, 2023; 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM each session​

  • Virtual, via Zoom
  • Aimed for Gr. 6-12
  • Led by Amanda R. Lattimore

Elementary CS Fundamentals Deep Dive

February 15, February 22, and March 1, 2023; 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM each session​

  • Virtual, via Zoom
  • Aimed for Gr. K-5
  • Led by Paige Besthoff


Elementary CS Fundamentals Introduction

January 23, January 30, and February 6, 2023; 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM each session​

  • Virtual, via Zoom
  • Aimed for Gr. K-5
  • Led by Paige Besthoff

Exciting CS4NJ news from Daryl Detrick

As part of our celebration of CSEdWeek, CS4NJ is unveiling our new website at CS4NJ.org.
Thanks Ari Moctesuma and Shirley Mautone from the NJ Research and Development Council for helping coordinate these efforts and Ricky Darbert for creating the new site.  We would also like to thank Google.org for the community grant that allowed this to happen.
Our goal is to have CS4NJ.org as a repository for all things Computer Science Education related in New Jersey.   There is information about curriculum, professional development, the CS Hubs, NJDOE, the Governor's CS Action Plan, CS in the news and more.  If you have CS PD opportunities or CS events that you would like post, please forward to Ari or me.
New CS4NJ Program Manager
On another note, I am excited to introduce Ari Moctesuma as the new part time Program Manager for CS4NJ.  She will be helping with communications, sharing of resources and keeping the website up to date.   She can be contacted at  arielleg@gmail.com
Celebrating 10 years 
We have made a lot of progress over the last 10 years since that first CSTACNJ meeting on December 11, 2012.   We are so thankful to have all of you involved in the effort to implement equitable CSforAll in NJ.
Hope you had a great CSEdWeek.
State Funded Programs in Support of Computer Science Education

State funded programs have been established at four New Jersey institutions of higher education to provide
computer science professional learning, support the implementation of the 2020 New Jersey Student Learning
Standards in Computer Science (NJSLS-CS), and promote the expansion of K-12 computer science education.
School districts and schools are encouraged to make use of the services and resources available.
2022 is a big year for Computer Science in NJ, with the implementation of the NJ CS Standards in September.   All one million K-8 students will be required to learn CS and all high schools will be required to offer CS.
Mayra Bachrach is the NJDOE Computer Science Coordinator and a great resource.   If you have questions about computer science education or the implementation of the CS standards, you can send emails to ComputerScience@doe.nj.gov
The NJDOE standards department recently up their Computer Science website with some resources, links and definitions.
We look forward to continues collaboration with NJDOE as we implement the NJ Computer Science Action Plan to ensure all students have access to equitable and quality computer science education.
Stay well
Hi all,
Just had a conversation with Code.org.   Excited to share that New Jersey has the 5th highest participation rate of any state on the number of CS emails to the Governor.  
Those states ahead of us started 2 days ago, we started 4 hours ago!!    NJ Rocks!
Thanks and keep it going.  Have your family members send an email.   Here is the link.  (takes 2 minutes at most)
Feel free to share the original email with other stakeholders.
Governor Murphy is the vice-chair of the National Governor's Association (NGA) and will be the chair next year.   He is working with Arkansas's Governor Hutchinson, who is the current chair of NGA.   Here are a few exciting pieces of information and a way you can help.
National Governors Association - CS Ed Initiative
Governor Hutchinson has made Computer Science Education his chairman's initiative this year.   Here is a 2022 NGA Plenary on Computer Science Education.   The first 15 minutes is a great speech by Governor Hutchinson (worth watching) followed by a panel discussion with CEOs.
Meet the Press 
Governor Murphy and Governor Hutchinson were both on Meet the Press to discuss bipartisan efforts.  They both mentioned Computer Science Education.  You can find it here around 1:30
We are excited that Governor Murphy is also one of the 14 members of Governors for CS.   Thanks to Code.org for leading this effort.
As Governor Murphy holds the role of vice-chair and future chair of the National Governors Association, we would like to thank him for all his support and encourage him to use this platform to continue to promote Computer Science Education.
Please take a minute to use this link to send Governor Murphy an email supporting the NGA Computer Science Education initiative.
Thanks for supporting CSforAll.  We are positively impacting the lives of our students.
Non-CSTA Resource Links
Regional Leaders needed!  We are looking for leaders all over the state to host meetings for teachers to meet and share ideas, vent and help each other out!
You don't have to do it alone!  Regional leaders will be a part of the steering committee that meets monthly.  Contact us for more information!
Have an idea to help teachers in the state?  Contact us!