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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
New Workshop Announcement! Seats are limited - Apply today! All seats are FREE, and all in attendance will be sent a $150 STIPEND.

Introduction to Networks and the Internet

What: Teachers will learn the basic networking concepts to get them started in the classroom.  Topics will include the different computer parts, different networking devices and their use, and networking protocols. These lessons are from the Garden State Cyber Curriculum.


Where: The College of New Jersey


Date: December 3, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


Who: Led by Mr. Jeremy Milonas, a Computer Science teacher at Red Bank Regional HS. He has taught a wide range of computing subjects including Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics. Jeremy has helped lead GenCyber Jersey Blues Summer Camp and has been part of the CSNJ Advocacy Committee. In 2015 Jeremy was the NJ Air Force Associations Teacher of the Year and in 2022 won the National CyberPatriot Coach of the Year award.


Seats are extremely limited. Apply today using the link below, scroll to the bottom of the page, and fill out an application.

Apply for a Seat Here
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.
Hello all
Can you please send an email to the state board of education expressing concerns for the chapter 9 proposal for the CS endorsement for K-6 teachers?   No need for a long email, the key is to let them know that we have a concern that these requirements will negatively impact the implementation of the NJ CS Standards and the goal of providing all students will equitable computer science education.   This policy will limit the number of CS teachers in K-6, particularly in the areas of most need.
Here is the email -  chapter9b@doe.nj.gov
Here is additional information:
CSTANJ and CS4NJ is VERY concerned about the chapter 9 proposal in regards to the the Computer Science endorsement requirements for K-6 teachers.   The current wording has the same requirements for all CS teachers in K-12, regarding both 15 credits and taking the state test computer science knowledge (Praxis?).  No other state has such rigorous requirements for K-6 teachers.
We submitted a proposal to help make it easier to K-6 teacher to teach CS, but that proposal was not accepted.  Our last chance to encourage changes is by the November 9th meeting.
Chapter 9 proposal website - changes are in 9B
Please feel free to reach out if you have questions.
This is a huge step towards true CSforAll.
Thanks for your help.   
Follow-up on the proposed changes in chapter 9 regarding the CS endorsement.  
If you look at the document for 9B, the first 24 pages are responses to comments and agency-initiated changes published after the September 14 State BOE Meeting.
While there are no comments or changes based on computer science, it is nice to know that there is an avenue for those questions to be answered.
Please make sure you are submitting your questions (CTE, k-6, Praxis) in the comment section.    I believe the 3 month comment period runs through the end of October (Nov 9?)
Your comments will help make sure the changes implemented by NJBOE will maximize the equitable impact on our students.
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

CSTA New Jersey Steering Committee has been successful in reaching membership goals! 

We just received the following message from CSTA Chapter Relations Manager Jason Bohrer.

Greetings CSTA New Jersey Chapter Leaders, 
I just wanted to share that CSTA New Jersey is the first CSTA chapter to hit 300 active CSTA chapter members! 
~ Jason
New goal = 400 members!!!
Computer Science Education is good for our students and good for our state, 
thanks to the work of good Computer Science teachers!!!!
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!