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 About CSTA-NJ

The Computer Science Teachers Association of New Jersey (CSTA-NJ) is a group of 3 chapters of 
the CSTA, the national organization whose purpose is to support and promote the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. 

CSTA-CNJ is the Central New Jersey chapter of the CSTA.

CSTA-NNJ is the Northern NJ chapter of the CSTA.

CSTA-SNJ is the Southern NJ chapter of the CSTA

The mission of these chapters is to further the mission of CSTA and to encourage sharing of ideas and activities for computer science teachers in their respective regions of New Jersey .


In the News

July 21, 2017
CSTANJ is excited to welcome Esther Lewars, NJDOE's new Computer Science Specialist.   Ester joined NJDOE this week after a successful career in the Newark School system.  This makes New Jersey the 9th state to have a state level computer science position.   We would also like to thank NJDOE Chief Innovation officer Josh Koen for supporting computer science education and recognizing the need for a CS specialist in NJDOE.

We are working with NJDOE to create taskforces working on revising the CS standards, investigating curriculum needs and developing the CS teaching endorsement.   It is a very exciting time for CS Education in NJ.   We are making huge strides toward our goal to ensure all students in NJ have the opportunity to study CS.



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 Professional Development Opportunities


GIRLS WHO CODE SEEKS TO START NEW CLUBS THROUGHOUT NEW JERSEY

Girls Who Code, a national non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology, is expanding its network of free Clubs for girls in grades 6-12 at New Jersey schools, libraries, colleges and non-profits. 

Currently, less than a quarter of computing jobs are held by women. That number is declining and our organization is working to reverse the decline.  Last year we reached 40,000 girls in all 50 states and we hope to reach 100,000 girls by the end of 2018 through our Clubs Program.  Currently we have over 120 Clubs in New Jersey. We would love to work with many more New Jersey schools, libraries and non-profits to increase the number of Clubs in New Jersey and position our state as a leader in growing computer science education and reaching girls who are historically underrepresented in computer science.

Our Clubs are free after-school programs for girls to use computer science to impact their communities and join a growing sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. They can be hosted at schools, universities, libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations, or non-profits. There is ZERO fee to start a Club. 

Please contact Eve Balick,  eve.balick@girlswhocode.com 862.228.2213, the Regional Partnership Coordinator for Girls Who Code in NJ, for more  information or to put her in touch with a contact at your school or organization with whom she can coordinate. Eve is currently running a Girls Who Code club in Kinnelon, and she hopes to hear from you.







Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC)

Princeton / Central Jersey Section of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The Princeton/Central Jersey Section of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) will be hosting the Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC) on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  This conference  focuses on P-20 STEM education, using integrative project and discovery-based methods. This one-day event is held annually at Princeton University (just an hour south of Drew).  This year's theme will be "iSTEM: Lead, Engage, Succeed!"

The call for papers has been posted at http://ewh.ieee.org/conf/stem/author.html with submissions opening this Sunday, October 15, and closing on Sunday, December 31, 2017. All papers are refereed, with rigorous peer-review. Those accepted will be distributed to the conference attendees and published in the widely-read IEEE Xplore database. Full and work-in-progress papers, and 90-minute workshop proposals are solicited. A popular poster session featuring work by K-12 students (with optional papers) will again be held.

Pricing for the conference is deliberately low, in order to encourage attendance, with special rates for K-20 students, and also K-12 teachers and parents. Breakfast and lunch are provided for no extra charge.

To get an idea of the diversity of topics and quality of the papers and presentations, see the Archive at: http://ewh.ieee.org/conf/stem/archives.html The keynote speakers list features prominent researchers and scientists from noted organizations, in academia, industry, museums and government agencies.

  

If your organization is offering professional development for computer science educators within the next 3 months, please contact Lee Hayden (lhayden@
roxbury.org) so it can be posted here.