CSTANJ among Chapters chosen for NSF CS Mentoring Grant

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We are happy to announce that the National Science Foundation just awarded a new grant to support an equity-focused peer mentoring program in our chapter. CSTA New Jersey is partnering with CSTA, WestEd, CSTA Wisconsin Dairyland, and the CSTA Black Affinity Group to scale the MENTORS in CS program to our three communities. The program provides ongoing, rigorous 1:1 support to novice high school CS teachers through a structured, one-year mentoring program. Mentees will meet with mentors (experienced CS teachers) virtually for about one hour twice per month throughout the school year. Goals of these meetings are to plan for and reflect on lessons, address challenges, build knowledge and skills, and monitor progress towards goals. Through individualized support through 1:1 mentorship, we expect participants will demonstrate increased confidence, pedagogical content knowledge, and use of equitable and inclusive teaching practices. 
 
Kathy and Kevin are the two leads for our chapter. This year, they will not only plan as part of the project team but also mentor a local teacher in order to better understand the program and structures and think about how to adapt them to meet our chapters' needs. We will roll out the program over the next two years, expecting to support about 8 mentors and 8 mentees during the 2024-25 school year and 12 mentors and 12 mentees in the 2025-26 school year. We're very excited!
 
Read about CS Mentors Program
CSTANJ among Chapters chosen for NSF CS Mentoring Grant 2023-08-26 04:00:00Z 0

FREE for NJ Teachers Only

FREE for NJ Teachers Only! Calling all makers and innovators! Makerspace workshop on October 16, 2023. Unleash creativity and hands-on learning in classrooms.
CS Coastal - SRI & ETTC | Stockton University
 
STOCKTON.EDU
CS Coastal - SRI & ETTC | Stockton University
ETTC at Stockton University is pleased to announce the establishment of a new regional center funded by the New Jersey Department of Education. The CS Coastal Hub will expand access to computer science for all K-12 students by building a network of educators across the region.
 
https://www.stockton.edu/ettc/cscoastal.html?fbclid=IwAR0JHbOuqnp8JRJBnYFQmFpvkk04HmuBAPzcTgDd8C7Wglt8Z4wJz9kRzX4
FREE for NJ Teachers Only 2023-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
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Hanan Attiyah Wins $60K for STEM Lab! Michelle Wendt 2023-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Our new leadership team for 2023-2024 and other news!

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Hello, Wonderful Members of CSTA New Jersey Chapter!
 
Be prepared for a year filled with exciting events, enlightening workshops, and invaluable networking opportunities. We look forward to embarking on this journey with you and creating a vibrant community that fosters growth, knowledge sharing, and success. Our elections are over, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to our outgoing president Ben Isecke, who will continue to serve on our Steering Committee. We are excited to announce our new leadership team:
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter President - Michelle Wendt
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Vice-President - Paige Besthoff 
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Treasurer - Lee Hayden
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Secretary - Maria Filipe
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Web Editor and Reflective Teacher Subcommittee - Kimberly Smith
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Leader - Anne Kohart
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Leader - Benjamin Isecke
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Leader - Regina Nadbielny
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Leader - Suzanne Chidiac
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Leader - Carolyn Segreto
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Leader - Dara Kirschenbaum-Perry
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Leader - Sandra Rivera
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter K-8 Representative - Roseanna Misuraca
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter K-8 Representative - Samantha Selikoff
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Higher Ed Representative - Frances Trees
  • CSTA New Jersey Chapter Equity Fellow - Toni Dunlap
We are confident that the CSTA New Jersey Chapter will continue to be a hub of innovation, collaboration, and lifelong learning. Together, we will explore new avenues in CS education, exchange ideas, and empower educators to make a lasting impact on the next generation. If any members want to join our excellent Steering Committee, reach out!
 
Michelle Wendt
CSTA-NJ President
 
And in case you are relaxing too much,  Anne Kohart and Paige Besthoff, our fearless CSEd week coordinators, wanted to ensure you know that CSTANJ is hosting professional development this summer.  Please read:
 
The NJ Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is hosting 4 days of professional development from August 7th - August 11th.  The first day, Monday, 8/7, is in-person at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).  The remainder of the days are virtual.  Review our website to see the great offerings we have!  Registration is $35 and it includes breakfast, lunch on August 7th and access to all workshops.  Register by July 5th, to receive a free t-shirt!! 
 

 
 
Our new leadership team for 2023-2024 and other news! Michelle 2023-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrating CSTANJ's Milestones!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Today marks two years for our (no-longer-new) statewide chapter. Two years!
 
My term as the founding President will also come to a close tonight, and we'll enter a new era with an incredible new leadership team tomorrow morning. I want to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome (and congratulations) to our incoming president, Michelle, our new vice president, Paige, and our new secretary, Maria. I'm also glad to see Lee continuing on as our excellent treasurer. This is a dedicated and talented team, and I am certain we will see great things from them.
 
As I reflect on the past two years, I can't help but note how far CSTANJ has come. Together, we have created a strong foundation for the future. We have the largest chapter in the nation with a strong set of bylaws. We have successfully organized two CSPD weeks, facilitated all mandatory CSTA requirements, met all our chosen chapter goals, and are now implementing a valuable CS teacher mentorship program. We have been active advocates across the state, supporting teachers in navigating the new certification requirements, and so much more than that. Please forgive me if I forgot to mention something you did. My memory fails me among all of the initiatives we've undertaken.
 
I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering commitment, passion, and hard work these past two years. Our achievements are a testament to the collective efforts and collaboration of this remarkable group of people that I have come to admire and love. I have full confidence in our incoming officers, and I believe that under Michelle's leadership, alongside Paige, Maria, and Lee, CSTANJ will continue to flourish and reach new heights.
 
As I transition to the role of Past President, I will not disappear. I will absolutely continue to support our organization in any way I can. I am here to assist, advise, and lend a helping hand whenever needed.
 
So, here's to two years done, and many more to come. Please join me in congratulating the new board and wishing them all the best in their roles. The future of CSTANJ is bright, and I have no doubt that the best is yet to come.
 
Warmest regards,
 
Ben Isecke
Past President, CSTANJ
Celebrating CSTANJ's Milestones! Ben Isecke 2023-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Nifty Lesson Presentors

 
Karen Wester has been teaching at Franklin Township Elementary School for 21 years and teaching technology for the past 19 years. As the focus has shifted to computer science with the 2020 standards, she has pivoted and is continuing to learn and grow with CSTA.
Nifty Lesson
Grades 3 - 8  micro:bit pet
Students create a microbit pet after they are randomly paired (adjusted as need) to interview each other on their pet needs and wants. Students code their partner's microbit animal facial expression, sound, and other features. Then using design coding standards the student designs the features of the animal or mythical creature, and creates an animal that can securely hold the microbit face. Students self evaluate their work and their partner's evaluate their work according to the needs assessment.
 
 
Nifty Lesson Presentors Kimberly Smith 2023-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
NJ CS Hub Links 2023-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

CS4NJ Curriculum Directories

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The CS for All consortium has compiled a comprehensive list of curriculums and programs that can be filtered by CS concept, subconcept and grade band. 

Check here to see an up to date list of offerings.

CS4NJ Curriculum Directories 2023-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

Computer Science Praxis Office Hours - Free with Stipend Offerings

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Central New Jersey CS Education Hub
Elementary, Middle, and High School Virtual and In-Person PD Opportunities:

CS Advanced Placement with CSA

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 Introduction

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

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

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

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

Click Here for More Info & Zoom Link
Inquire with the Hub at turner25@tcnj.edu to access these offers.
 
 
Computer Science Praxis Office Hours - Free with Stipend Offerings 2023-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

NEW CS4NJ Website Launch during CSEDWeek

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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.
 
Daryl
NEW CS4NJ Website Launch during CSEDWeek 2022-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Stipend Workshop-Intro to Networks and the Internet

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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
https://www.centralnjcshub.org/professional-development
Stipend Workshop-Intro to Networks and the Internet 2022-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

NJDOE Broadcast : CS Grant opportunities.

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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.
 
NJDOE Broadcast : CS Grant opportunities. Kimberly Smith 2022-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Have You Subscribed to the CSTA Calendar? Kimberly Smith 2022-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Send an email to the state board of education expressing concerns for the chapter 9 proposal for the CS endorsement for K-6 teachers

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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.   
Daryl
Send an email to the state board of education expressing concerns for the chapter 9 proposal for the CS endorsement for K-6 teachers 2022-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Urgent: Action Needed - Chapter 9 CS endorsement update

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At the State Board of education meeting this week, Acting Commissioner Allen-McMillan talked about her experience at CSEdCon and the importance of CSforAll.  She also mentioned the requirement for all students in K-8 to learn computer science based on the new CS standards. There was also a student representative, Lauren, who spoke about her experience with Cyberstart America. It was exciting to hear Computer Science as part of the conversation.
 
We are thankful for the responses to 4 questions asked about computer science (#19-22 here).    Please read them over and share your thoughts.   
 
Unfortunately, changes were not made the the Computer Science endorsement regarding Elementary Education which greatly concerns us.   Please feel free to share your thoughts on this with NJ State BOE using this link.
 
Whatever is in the proposal by the November 9th meeting will be the requirements we will have to work within for many years moving forward.   We highly recommend you send your questions and concerns to NJ State BOE using this link (9B) in the next week or so.   
 
Here is the computer science working in Chapter 9B
 
Here is CSTANJ / CS4NJ's proposal for changes to the elementary education requirements that was not accepted.  (feel free to share your thoughts with NJBOE)
 
Please let us know if you have any questions or thoughts on how we can make these regulations better for teachers and students so we can implement true and equitable CSforAll in NJ.
Urgent: Action Needed - Chapter 9 CS endorsement update 2022-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Chapter Meeting 09/28/2022

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The first CSTANJ chapter meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 28 from 7 pm - 8:15 pm.  Note - the date has changed from 9/21.  Sorry for any inconvenience!!  The zoom link will be sent out a day or so in advance.
 
In addition to networking, sharing chapter goals, and a discussion of proposed Chapter 9 changes regarding computer science credentials. (More info), we are looking for a few volunteers to share a "Nifty" Lesson you've done in the past week or plan to do in the near future.  You will give an overview of the lesson (~15 mins) and take questions (~5 mins).   If the idea of a Nifty lesson gives you anxiety, consider it a "Show and Tell" lesson or a let me tell you about a recent lesson that worked chat.  Complete this form to be considered by Tues, 9/20!  You will receive a $25 gift card for your efforts!  If you aren't chosen this time, we will be doing this in several chapter meetings in the future.
 
The meeting will conclude with a lucky participant being awarded a $25 Amazon Gift card.  
 
The only resources we have for the proposed changes are included in this document.  So far, our questions to the DOE have gone unanswered.  There is an opportunity for us to comment on the changes.  Members of the CSTANJ steering committee are preparing a response to include in the comments.  After reviewing the changes yourself, please place any questions, comments, or thoughts in this form.
Chapter Meeting 09/28/2022 2022-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Follow-up on the proposed changes in chapter 9 regarding the CS endorsement.  

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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.
 
Follow-up on the proposed changes in chapter 9 regarding the CS endorsement. Daryl Detrick 2022-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Proposed Changes to Computer Science teacher credentials

The proposed changes to Chapter 9 that include Computer Science teacher credentials are posted on the New Jersey State Board webpage.  The details of the CS credentials can be found in the Chapter 9B document by searching for “computer science”.   If you have comments, you should click the comment section on the website to send an email to State Board of Education. 

Overview (please read full proposal for details)

  • This endorsement is for Preschool through 12th grade 

  • Implementation July 1, 2027

  • 15 credit add on endorsement requires CS teaching methods course

  • “Grandfather clause” for those teaching CS September 1, 2024

  • “Praxis” required 

For your ease, I copied and pasted the changes in chapter 9B that are specific to Computer Science (here). 

 It is VERY important that you submit your comments, both with support and concerns.  This proposal will impact CS education for years to come, so our input will be valuable.  

Proposed Changes to Computer Science teacher credentials 2022-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

CSPDWeek Starts tomorrow with In-Person

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Tomorrow is the big day! We will see you there!!!
 

Education Building Room 212 at  The College of New Jersey

2000 Pennington Road Ewing, NJ 08628-0718.  

Park in the Education Building parking lot, Forcina Garage Lot 17.  If that lot is filled, you may park in Lots 4-6, but that would be a much farther walk.  Please note there isn’t any ticketing in the summer.  

WE CAN"T WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE!

** Masks Optional

CSPDWeek Starts tomorrow with In-Person 2022-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Summer symposium on the 2020 NJSLS-CS Standards

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The FDU CS Hub will be holding a summer symposium on the 2020 NJSLS-CS Standards on June 28, 2022 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. The event is in-person and will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus in Madison NJ (285 Madison Ave, Madison NJ) in Lenfell Hall and is open to all NJ teachers.

This event is part of a NJ-DOE funded program for enhancing computer science education for all students in the state of New Jersey by means of creating the CS-HUB @ FDU. The event is organized by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at FDU's Florham Campus in collaboration with FDU's STEM Institute of Education.

1. All current CS-HUB @ FDU participants will receive $100.00 and the first 75 new educators or pre-service teachers to register for the symposium will receive $200.00 as a stipend. You must attend the entire symposium to receive the stipend.

2. All participants will receive

* a certificate for PD hours

* get access to the K-12 CS repository containing a wealth of information, along with curricula materials and numerous lesson plans

* opportunity to connect with experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity

3. One registration per person. If a colleague of yours would like to register as well, please provide his/her registration information.

4. This symposium is meant first and foremost for educators and pre-service teachers. Please register using an email issued from the school at which you teach. If you are not an educator (industry, high school/college student, hobbyist) and you are interested in attending, call 973.443.8680. If the workshop does not fill to capacity by the registration deadline (1 week prior), members of this list will be contacted for registration.

For more information and questions please reach out to Dr. Laila Khreisat at khreisat@fdu.edu or call (973) 443-8680 and visit the FDU CS Hub website at www.fducshub.com

NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT USE YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL ID TO REGISTER YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE STIPEND.

Teachers can register at here

Summer symposium on the 2020 NJSLS-CS Standards 2022-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

NJ CSPDWeek 2022 Registration is now OPEN!

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Aug 08, 2022 8:30 AM - Aug 12, 2022 3:00 PM  
Visit the Event Page to check out the program and pay, you will then receive an email with a link to choose your sessions.
 
 
 
CSPDWeek will include PD offerings across all grade bands and emphasize the need to prepare K-8 teachers to teach Computer Science and adopt the new standards starting in 2022. Registration is a two-step process. Pay on MemberNova, visit the link sent in the confirmation email to complete registration.
Registration & Fees: 
$35 CSPWEEK Full Week Ticket inculdes in person and 4 virtual days of workshops available until July 15th
 
$25.00 4 Day virtual workshops.  Registration ends Aug 3th, 2022 
 
We are so thankful for our sponsors that made this event possible, looking forward to seeing everyone this summer.
 
 
NJ CSPDWeek 2022 Registration is now OPEN! Kimberly Smith 2022-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

April 26,2022-CSTANJ Chapter Meeting

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I am so pleased to invite you to our chapter meeting on Tuesday, April 26th at 7pm. 
We hope you can join us as our own Kim Smith will give a demo of  "Intro to Designing With Code Using Tinkercad Codeblocks" followed by our grade band breakout discussions. Kim will show us how she uses Tinkercad Codeblocks to fuse computer science skills with design thinking concepts in a 3D environment. 
The activities she will demo are appropriate for students in grades 3 to 12. 
 
Sincerely, 
Michele Wendt
CSTANJ Chapter Secretary
 

The Meeting information is below:
 
Hi there, 
Michelle Wendt is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 
Topic: CSTANJ Chapter Meeting
Time: Apr 26, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://stockton.zoom.us/j/96920557349?pwd=bDRKRlRtcTdqT3FTRGVTbnF5Y2VIdz09
    Password: 833772
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +13126266799,,96920557349#  or +19294362866,,96920557349# 
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
        US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782 
    Meeting ID: 969 2055 7349
    Password: 833772
    International numbers available: https://stockton.zoom.us/u/aAFuYXfxN
April 26,2022-CSTANJ Chapter Meeting 2022-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

6th Annual NJ Computer Science Summit

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Rutgers Computer Science Department and CS4NJ are excited to announce the 6th Annual NJ Computer Science Summit in person at Rutgers University on May 13th from 8:00-4:00.
 
This is a FREE Summit that will include food, swag, and great opportunities to talk with others in person !!!   
 
 
There will be strands for K-8, 9-12, and college educators, as well as all other CS Education stakeholders.   We are planning sessions on K-12 NJ standards, cybersecurity, diversity and equity, ethics, curriculum, and much more.
 
 
 
Start your approval process with your school today so you can attend on May 13th.   
Anne Kohart
CSTANJ Vice-President
6th Annual NJ Computer Science Summit 2022-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Summer Professional Development Opportunity Kim Smith 2022-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

CSTA New Jersey #1 in Active Memberships!

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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! 
 
Congratulations!
~ 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!!!!
CSTA New Jersey #1 in Active Memberships! Kim Smith 2022-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Governors: Support CS

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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!
 
 
Governors: Support CS Daryl 2022-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

NJDOE CS Email and Standards Website Update

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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
Daryl
 
NJDOE CS Email and Standards Website Update Daryl Derick 2022-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

The CS4NJ Coalition was recently awarded a $56,000 grant from Google.org

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Exciting news!!!!!
 

The CS4NJ Coalition was recently awarded a $56,000 grant from Google.org to support New Jersey’s Computer Science State plan by helping prepare teachers to implement CSforALL in K-12 schools across New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Education and the Governor’s Computer Science Advisory Board created the NJ Computer Science State Plan in 2019 to outline steps to implement quality and equitable computer science education for all students in New Jersey.

"We know that providing students access to quality STEM education starts with equipping teachers and educators with the right training and tools," said Sarah Henderson, Google's Senior Manager for Tech Education NYC.  "Google is proud to be supporting the CS4NJ Coalition in helping teachers implement Governor Murphy's NJ Computer Science State Plan." 

“We are very fortunate to have Google as a member in the CS4NJ Coalition to help in our efforts ensure all students have access to quality and equitable Computer Science education,” said CS4NJ Director Daryl Detrick.  “We appreciate their generous support to help make sure teachers are ready to implement the NJ CS Standards.”   

Link to the full press release

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The CS4NJ Coalition was recently awarded a $56,000 grant from Google.org CS4NJ 2022-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Copy of the November 17 Meeting Presentations Kim Smith 2021-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

CSTANJ November Chapter Meeting 

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CSTANJ's next chapter meeting is Wednesday, Nov 17, 7 - 8:15 pm on Zoom.
Agenda:
      Update on Chapter Business
      Update from CS4NJ 
      CSED Week ideas K-12
      9-12 will have a separate break out room midway through K-12 ideas
CSTANJ November Chapter Meeting 2021-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

FREE CSEdWeek Webinar Recording & Slides with links

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FREE CSEdWeek Webinar
October 28, 2021 Recording & Slides
 
 
We had a successful CSEdWeek Webinar last week with some amazing resources and ideas shared by award winning NJ teachers.
Thank you to Shirley from NJSPN for hosting, as well as Paige, Samantha, Regina and Kim for presenting.  And lastly, thanks for all who were able to attend. These teachers shared their success and ideas on how you can participate this year.   
FREE CSEdWeek Webinar Recording & Slides with links Daryl Detrick 2021-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
Presentations from Oct, 6 2021 Chapter Meeting Daryl Detrick 2021-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

CSTANNJ Chapter meeting 7pm Tues 1-/05/2021

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We are pleased to present our first chapter meeting of the school year.  For the first time ever (that I know of - LOL), our meeting has something for teachers in all grade bands K-12!   This is a big deal for our chapter and we are psyched!
 
Looking forward to seeing the miniature faces of so many great teachers!
 
Best,
--
Anne Kohart
CSTANJ VP
 
For Zoom Login Info and Agenda Please Click > READ MORE
CSTANNJ Chapter meeting 7pm Tues 1-/05/2021 Ann Kohart 2021-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Upcoming CS PD sessions for K-5 and 6-2 teachers from FDU CS Hub

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There are two upcoming CS PD sessions for K-5 and 6-2 teachers from FDU CS Hub. 
Select links for more information
This event is part of a state funded program for enhancing computer science education for all students in the state of New Jersey and constitutes hands-on, problem based Professional Development for teachers with extensive support including sharing lesson plans and strategies. The event is organized by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Florham Campus in collaboration with FDU's STEM Institute of Education."
 
The registration links provide users all the information one would need (dates and timings of the PD sessions) and a FAQ section.
Upcoming CS PD sessions for K-5 and 6-2 teachers from FDU CS Hub 2021-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Register for the CSTA "New Member Orientation" Ann Kohart 2021-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Fairleigh Dickinson University CS Hub 6-12 PD

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This (Aug 10-11, 2021) virtual event is part of a year -long program (additional virtual sessions until Dec 2021 will be announced later) for registered teachers and constitutes 12 hours of hands-on, problem based Professional Development. Includes classroom lessons and strategies.
 
NOTE: If you attended our July 13-14, 2021 (6-12) CS PD sessions then you are automatically registered for this event - please do not register again! The workshop fills up rather quickly. If this happens, kindly add your details to the waitlist, we'll give you a preferred option to register for an upcoming session - that is, before opening up for general registration.
 
Fairleigh Dickinson University CS Hub 6-12 PD Kim Smith 2021-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

NJ Rocked the 2020-21 CS Teaching Excellent Awards!

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The 2020-21 CS Teaching Excellent Award winners where just announced at the CSTA Conference and NJ rocked!!!!   Most awardees of any state!!!!
 
Below if the list of NJ winners and here is a list of all winners.
 
National Winners:
Mary Ann Cassidy 
Kathleen Effner
Regina Nabielny 
 
National Honorable Mention:
Amy Wright 
 
Regional Winners:
Gary Hull 
Nancy Ricca 
Danielle Vandenberg 
 
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who applied.   
CS4NJ proud!!!!!
NJ Rocked the 2020-21 CS Teaching Excellent Awards! Kimberly Smith 2021-07-15 04:00:00Z 0 CSTA Conference 2021

The Equitable CS Practices workshop being offered during NJCSPD Week is now being offered for FREE!

Lilibeth May Mora, Vice President of CSTA Sacramento and CSTA Equity Fellow is our presenter. See the workshop description:

NJ CS Educators will define equity in CS, explore the CS teacher standards, evaluate their programs to identify inequity gaps, and gather resources to support each other. Participants will set equity goals for the 2021-2022 school year and will collaboratively develop action plans. 

All members of the CS4NJ community are urged to attend!

Register NOW

The Equitable CS Practices workshop being offered during NJCSPD Week is now being offered for FREE! Anne Kohart 2021-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

Join Us!  CSTA Conference Chapter meetup.

Posted by Kimberly Smith
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If you are attending the 2021 CSTA Annual Conference PLEASE join us for a Chapter Meetup!  Wed Jul 14, 2021 3:20pm - 4:05pm (EDT) Each chapter will have a separate breakout session/room during this time. All rooms will be set to “open” so that anyone in the room will be able to get on screen, sharing audio and/or video.
Join Us! CSTA Conference Chapter meetup. Kimberly Smith 2021-07-14 04:00:00Z 0 CSTA Conference 2021

July 1st News  It's Official!

Posted by Ann Kohart
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As of today (July 1st), the first-ever officers of CSTNJ officially begin their duties.  
It's a good day for you to begin a journey with us!
  • All Computer Science teachers, administrators, and friends are encouraged to join CSTA (select CSTANJ as your chapter).  It is free to sign up for a basic membership, however, your membership can have more of an impact if you become a CSTA+ member which costs $50 a year.  Join CSTA National
  • Visit our website!
  • There is still time to register to attend the CSTA National Conference, 7/14 - 7/16.  I've attended the last few conferences and they are truly worthwhile.  
Lastly, I can't not remind you to check out professional development opportunities within our own state!  Thanks to generous sponsors, CSTANJ has partnered with CS4NJ to offer our first ever virtual CSPDweek (8/2 - 8/6).  We are committed to providing learning opportunities for all teachers.  We especially want our K-8 friends to gain knowledge, experience, and confidence with computational thinking and coding.  We have a limited number of scholarships for K-8 teachers!  Check us out!   
July 1st News It's Official! Ann Kohart 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

CSforAllNJ Webinar Recap and Links

Posted by Daryl Detrick & Mayra Bachrach
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Thank you so much to those of you who were able to attend today's webinar on CSforAll in NJ hosted by NJ STEM Pathway Network and CS4NJ Coalition.   We were excited to have nearly 60 attend and about 20 join the CS4NJ Google Group.  
 
Our goal is to help ensure that all students in NJ have access to quality and equitable Computer Science Education as outlined in the Governors CS Action Plan.   As part of CSforAll, the newly adopted 2020 NJ Students Learning Standards for Computer Science and Design Thinking are required for all students in K-8 starting in September 2022.  Now is the time to start planning and we would be glad to help.
 
Here are some links that you might find useful:
   CS4NJ.org - Repository for all things CS in NJ
   CS4NJ Google Group - nearly 500 members discussing CS in NJ
      - Use Chrome and Click "Ask to Join Group".   You will be approved within 24 hours.
   CSPD Week Registration - scholarships available for NJ K-8 educators
   NJ CS Hubs - opportunities of K-12 PD
 
Please let me know if you have any questions and feel free to share this information with your administrators.
Sincerely
Daryl and Mayra
CSforAllNJ Webinar Recap and Links Daryl Detrick & Mayra Bachrach 2021-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

NJ CSPD Week Scholarships Available

Posted by NJCSPD Week
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Through the generosity of CSTA, we now have a limited number of scholarships available!
 
Hopefully at this point your 2020/21 school year is in the books and you are getting some much needed time to relax and rejuvenate.   It sure has been some great weather in NJ to start the summer!
 
We would like to share an update with you on NJ CSPD Week (Aug 2-6).   Registration is now open at the low cost of $25 for CSTA+ members and $75 for non-CSTA+ members for 5 days of PD.   Through the generosity of CSTA, we now have a limited number of scholarships available.
 
K-8 offerings include (see schedule here): 
  • Microbit - MakeCode or Python
  • BootUp - ScratchJr
  • CMU CS Academy CS0 -  Python
Reminder: Starting in September 2022, all K-8 students in NJ must learn CS.   We can help districts get that process rolling.
 
9-12 offerings include (see schedule here):
  • Cybersecurity - Garden State Curriculum 
  • CMU CS1 and CS2 - Python
Friday workshops include (see program here):
  • CS standards implementation (k-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12)
  • CS for administrators - Invite your admin to attend
  • CS Extracurricular Activities
  • Equitable CS Practices
  • CSTA benefits
Visit CS4NJ.org and click on CSPDWeek at the top to register.
 
This is an event that is being run by CSTANJ and CS4NJ with generous sponsorship from CSTA, PSE&G, CMU, Microbit, BootUp and Code.org.
NJ CSPD Week Scholarships Available NJCSPD Week 2021-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Brand New Chapter selects Officers!

Posted by CSTA on May 26, 2021
The newly UNITED chapter has elected its first officers:
 
President:  Ben Isecke,
Vice President:  Anne Kohart
Secretary:  Michelle Wendt
Treasurer:  Lee Hayden
  
  
  
  
 
Brand New Chapter selects Officers! CSTA 2021-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

United we Stand!

Posted by CSTANJ on Apr 22, 2019
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The four NJ CSTA Chapters, North, Central, South, and Southwest, have merged together to form a single CSTANJ chapter.  This change will allow us to streamline and combine our efforts.  We are absolutely committed to bringing the best CS Professional Development and CS advocacy to NJ educators and students.
 
We are looking for people to become involved.  Contact us to see how you can be involved!
United we Stand! CSTANJ 2019-04-22 04:00:00Z 0