Monthly Meetings: 4th Thursdays, 4-6 pm at MGHPCC in Holyoke and Virtual.

  • Thurs., March 30 - ScratchEd Meetup - location TBA (details below)
  • Thurs., April 27 - Algorithms & Alligators: Easy & fun ways to implement computer science standards into K-5 (facilitator: Melissa Zeitz, Liberty Elementary School Springfield)
  • Thurs., May 25 - Integrating Digital Literacy Standards into Middle School (facilitator, Lisa Manzi, South Hadley Middle School)
  • Thurs., June 22 - Year End Social - location TBA

Thurs., March 30 - 4- 7 pm: Scratch Educator Meetup
Please join the Western Massachusetts Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology (CAITE) for the first 2017 Western Massachusetts Scratch Educator Meetup. 

You can register for the event through Meetup.com . Event URL to cut and paste into a browser: http://meetu.ps/e/CnFLG/yZQ4k/f 

This event is being held in conjunction with CSTA- W. Mass from 4 - 7pm at location TBD. Full event details below. There will be food. 

All levels of Scratch users are welcome. You don’t need to be a computer science teacher to attend. You don’t even need to have a Scratch login. You do need to be curious and ready to meet, share and learn! 

Past meetings:
Tues., Sept. 27, 2016 - Share-a-thon & Elect and meet new officers and members
Tues., Oct. 25, 2016 - 
Tues., Nov. 29, 2016 - Mobile Computer Science Principles "hangout" & meeting

Announcing 2016-17 CSTA-Western Mass Chapter Officers

·      President: Dr. Kathleen Gorski, Science Dept. Chair, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Wilbraham, Mass.

·      Vice President: Linda Courtney, Business & Technology Dept. Chair, Ludlow High School

·      Secretary: Suzanne Baker, Math & CS Teacher, Longmeadow High School

·      Treasurer: Melissa Zeitz, Technology Teacher, Liberty Elementary School, Springfield

·      Community Manager: Lisa Manzi, Technology Teacher, Michael E. Smith Middle School, South Hadley

The Computer Science Teachers Association -Western Massachusetts Chapter was formed in 2013. CSTA is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn.

The mission of the Chapter is to further the mission of CSTA and to:
  • Promote professional development & leadership of CS teachers
  • Create a community of CS teachers in Western Massachusetts
  • Share CS education, knowledge, and expertise
  • Evaluate CS teachers needs
To get involved:
  1. Join our googlegroup listserv by emailing: cstawmass@gmail.com
  2. Join us at our next meeting
  3. Become a member of CSTA here: http://www.csta.acm.org/index.html
  4. "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cstawma
  5. "Follow" us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cstawm  (@cstawm)

For the CSTA Greater Boston chapter's meeting dates and information on how to join the discussion, click on the link on the sidebar to the left.

Read about our chapter in the CSTA Voice
 newsletter (3/14 issue, go to p. 6).