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August 16, 2018

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The following is a note from Fran Trees concerning the 2018 CS Summit on Scalability and Diversity, held on 5/17 at Rutgers:

The day was filled with presentations, panels, and breakout sessions. But more importantly were the conversations that were happening all around us throughout the day. Facilitating dialog between K12 educators, 2- and 4- year faculty and student representatives, Department of Education representatives, legislative representatives and Industry partners has always been the intention of the Summit. We believe that these conversations support our efforts to make NJ #1 in CS Education. Thank you for your participation and support!


Thanks to Google’s grant program, we were able to plan the inaugural summit two years year. We had approximately 30 attendees. This year we had 139 registrants and 95 attendees. 

~40%   K-12 

~32%  4 year colleges/universities

~9%    2 year colleges

 ~6%   Government 

~5%   Industry

 ~8%    Other


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 Professional Development Opportunities

CS4NJ maintains and coordinates a comprehensive list of professional development opportunities and programs for educators and students of New Jersey and surrounding areas.  More information can be found here.

Launching the Computer Science Revolution in Connecticut
Friday, March 16th
8:00am – 4:00pm
Cromwell, CT

The Computer Science for Connecticut (CS4CT) Summit brings together K-12 educators from across the state to promote and advance computer science education. The summit is designed to empower school districts across the state with resources and strategies to bolster CS education across all grade levels. A core focus of the summit is to promote equity in computing, such that all students across our state have access to high-quality CS education.

The Summit is for current CS teachers and any educator across K-12 interested in introducing new CS topics or coursework into your curriculum at any grade level.

Join us to improve K-12 Computer Science Education within your classroom, school, or district. Learn from national and state leaders how K-12 Computer Science Education is being advanced within the state and nationwide.

More at:


AP Computer Science Principles

Kean University is hosting an AP Computer Science Principles professional development workshop during July 23-28.   The workshop is based on the Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC), one of the College Board approved AP CS Principles curriculum developed at UC Berkeley and is funded through an NSF grant.  Participating teachers will receive a stipend of up to $500 plus travel and lodging expenses and Continuing Education credits for attending and completing the workshop.  Attending this PD is equivalent to attending an AP Institute.  There is a $75 registration fee.  

Please read the attached Save the Date and informational BJC flier for additional information.  If you are interested in attending please let us know and complete the application at http://bjc.link/BJCApp2018 



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.