New Jersey CSPD Week Apply NOW!

The Computer Science Teachers Association of NJ (CSTANJ), in partnership with CSTA, is offering professional development for K-12 teachers from August 5 - 8, 2024. This worthwhile event (New Jersey CSPD Week) includes one day in-person (8/5) at The College of New Jersey and three days of virtual professional development.  

CSPDWeek will include PD offerings across all grade bands. While we know some teachers have already been teaching computer science, this week’s PD will include offerings for new K-12 teachers as well as more advanced training for experienced teachers.

This year's event is funded in part by a Department of Education EIR grant, and attendees from K-12 public and charter schools are eligible for a $900 stipend for attending the full 4 days. New Jersey private school, higher education, PreK and pre-service teachers can attend but will not receive a stipend through the grant funded by the US Department of Education's Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. Stipends may be provided through other New Jersey CS sources and paid volunteer opportunities may be available. Further information will be provided after acceptance into CSPDWeek.

Applicants must submit the Admin Support Form with their application.  Applications with the forms submitted will be considered first.

Cost

There is a registration fee of $35. After you fill out an application, we will send you a link to register and pay the fee. Registration includes a t-shirt, breakfast, and lunch on Monday August 5.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet your peers across the state and catch up with friends you’ve known for a while. Apply today!

Apply now! 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. See the FAQs for more information.

Please forward this email to everyone in your school who may benefit. 

Thank-you!

CSTANJ CSPD Week Committee

Email amanda.bell@csteachers.org for application questions.

Email newjersey@csteachers.org for general event questions.

Please see the IMPORTANT UPDATE below to clarify information shared by NJDOE during the June 4 NJEA webinar on the Computer Science Certification

The intent of the computer science (CS) certification is for anyone teaching computer science in 7th through 12th to hold the certification by July 1, 2027.  This would be applicable to anyone teaching one course or full-time for grades 7 through 12.

The current K-6 certification allows for that teacher to teach CS up to half-time with no CS endorsement (see N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-9.3(b)2ii and iv below).  The K-6 certified teachers can continue teaching these courses up to half time after July 1, 2027, and do not need a CS endorsement. If they teach more than that they must obtain the CS endorsement.

NJDOE will ensure that the county offices are aware of this information and share it with school staff.   Below are three options to reach out with questions:

  • Call Center: (609) 292-2070 Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Educators can create an NJEdCert account to submit questions and communicate directly with customer service staff.

  • School Districts can create a case through their school district NJEdCert account to submit questions.

Please note that the Educator Certification Fee Holiday ends on June 30, 2024.   Once you start the process, you have 6 months to finish, but must start before June 30 to be eligible for the Fee Holiday.

Hope this helps.   Please contact NJDOE with any questions.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-9.3(b)2ii and iv

Elementary school: This endorsement authorizes the holder to:

i. Serve as an elementary school teacher in kindergarten through grade six in all public schools;

ii. Teach language arts literacy, mathematics, science, computer and information literacy, and social studies full-time, integrating educational technology where appropriate in kindergarten through grade six;

iii. Teach world languages full-time in kindergarten through grade six, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-10.5;

iv. Teach all remaining subjects no more than one-half of the daily instructional assignment; and

v. Teach reading, writing, mathematics, and spelling, for basic-skills purposes only, in grades six through 12.

A standard Teacher of Elementary N-8 Certification allows the holder to teach any subject area from Preschool through Eighth Grade. Holders of this certification should request this in writing from the NJDOE.

CSTA-NJ CHAPTER LAUNCHES NEW MERCH STORE!

Visit our New MERCH Store! Get your CSTA Groove on with a t-shirt or sweat shirt custom desiged by our President, Michelle Wendt, and Webmaster Kim Smith.

Wear your merch to a chapter meeting to show your CSTANJ Spirit!  
Upcoming CSTA New Jersey Events
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!
 
CSTA New Jersey News
Letter from Dayrl Detrick
 
Hi all
 
NJDOE recently opened the portal for the Computer Science Certification.  I filled it out this morning.  Took about 30 minutes, but wanted to share some helpful tips that might make it go quicker for you.   
 
INFORMATION:

The Computer Science certificate requirement information is available on the NJDOE website

 

  • Go to "Instructional Certificates"
  • Computer Science (1820)
  • Those who have teaching certificate in another subject will go to "Standard".   There are three options under standard depending if you taught Computer Science before.
  • "CE" and "CEAS" are for individuals getting into teaching and want to get a full certification to teach Computer Science 
  • "CTE" (4148) is a different certification process only for those who teach in CTE programs.  More information at the same website under "Career and Technical Education Certificates" (below "Instructional Certificates")

 

APPLICATION:

Educators can apply for the computer science certificate in NJEdCert.

 

  • All need to take the Computer Science Praxis (5652) and getting a passing score of 149 before applying.  You will need your ETS Candidate ID number.
  • Need to meet the other requirements (teaching CS for 2 years or course work - see previous website)
  • Have your current teacher certification available, as you will need the number at the top when taking the Physiology and Hygiene Exam (about 15 common sense questions )
  • Payment holiday ends June 30.  At the beginning they will give a generic credit card information.  Take a screen shot or copy down that info to use on the payment page.

 

 

Please be advised, the information above is for informational purposes only based on my experience (hopefully I didn't make any mistakes).  If you have additional questions after reviewing the NJDOE website, you should call the NJDOE Office of Certification.  I called about a password issue and they were very helpful.    The number is 609-292-2070.   Hours M - F 8:00 am - 7:00 pm.  They suggested calling after 5:00 pm

Thanks to the number of teachers on this forum who have shared information over the last few years as it have become available.  I think we finally have all the information we need to get started, at least for those who have been teaching CS over the last few years.  Thank you also to NJDOE for sharing the information on the websites.

Hope this is helpful
Daryl

Hurry the Deadline is March 17th

Apply online at bit.ly/mentorCS

Contact: mentors@csteachers.org

We seek experienced CS teachers who can provide ongoing, rigorous 1:1 support to novice high school CS teachers. As a mentor, you will develop a relationship with one novice CS teacher and meet with your partner virtually one hour twice per month throughout the school year. Goals of these mentorship meetings are to plan for and reflect on lessons, address challenges, build knowledge and skills, and monitor progress towards goals.

CSTA Wisconsin Dairyland, New Jersey, and the Black Affinity Group are partnering with CSTA and WestEd to continue this National Science Foundation-sponsored project. CSTA will train mentors and organize monthly community of practice (CoP) meetings to deepen skills and learn from other teachers. WestEd will lead research activities and collect mentor / mentee feedback. 

Who Qualifies to Be a Mentor?

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Dr. Neelu Sinha Professor Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science at Fairleigh Dickenson is  part of a committee that’s organizing a symposium called “Increasing Diversity in AI Education and Research” in March 2024. It’s part of the Spring Symposium series that’s funded by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) at Stanford. Our symposium is just 1 of 8 AI-related symposia happening all at the same time (check out the link above for the full list). Please consider submitting a conference abstract (deadline: January 2, 2024) or sharing it with colleagues who may be interested.