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.  


** 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 or call (973) 443-8680 and visit the FDU CS Hub website at


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. 
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:
    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:
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

$2 million in Governors FY23 Budget for CS (AGAIN!!)

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We are excited to announce that Governor Murphy has included another $2 million in the Fiscal Year 2023 NJ State Budget for Computer Science.    If approved, this brings the total grants for Computer Science education under Governor Murphy to $6.8 million.
Here is the wording from page 188:
The amount hereinabove appropriated for the K--12 Computer Science Education Initiative shall be used exclusively to support approved applications for the expansion and support of professional development of K--12 computer science teachers, and for advanced computer science course offerings as determined by the Commissioner of Education based on a district’s demonstration of its readiness to implement such a program, subject to the approval of the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting  
This must pass the legislature before being reaching the Governor's desk for signature.

If you would like to testify at the legislative hearing (written or verbal) use this link to register.   The hearings will be virtual.
Please let me know if you have any questions
Excited about the continued success the CS community in NJ has had.  We are positively impacting the lives of students.
When you click on the link and read the instructions there are other ways to participate if you cannot testify in person! 
  • In order to accommodate as many witnesses as possible, some variations in the time schedule may be required. Those persons scheduled to participate during a session are asked to log into the session within the hour prior to the start of the session, to guarantee participation.
  • Oral testimony will be limited to three minutes.
  • In order to facilitate the operation of the hearings, those persons wishing to present written testimony are asked to submit the document in advance to
  • Written testimony should include the name of the person(s) speaking, organization name, address, phone and fax number and email address. Written testimony submitted to the committee will be made public on the Internet and become part of the permanent record. Personal contact information will not be made public.
  • In the event you cannot appear to testify, you may email: or mail your testimony to the Legislative Budget and Finance Office, State House Annex, P.O. Box 068, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0068.
  • You will be allowed to testify at one Senate public hearing. Those participants from statewide or national organizations with multiple chapters, offices, locations, etc., should consolidate their efforts and select one person to represent the organization."


$2 million in Governors FY23 Budget for CS (AGAIN!!) 2022-03-31 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! 
~ 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   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 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.
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
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
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

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Exciting news!!!!!

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


The CS4NJ Coalition was recently awarded a $56,000 grant from 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.
      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!
Anne Kohart
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: - 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.
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 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
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