CSTA of Western Mass Meetings

Welcome to the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) of Western Massachusetts!

Join CSTA-WMass for free by emailing cstawmass@gmail.com

Next Meetings:

Jan. 12th: Code.org Fundamental Workshop (Registration Required)

Jan. 17th Thursday 4-7 PM: Scratch Educator Meetup

April 18th 4-6 PM: DLCS Licensure Workshop

Monthly Meetings: 3rd Thursdays, 4-6 pm at MGHPCC in Holyoke and online.

2018-19 CSTA-Western Mass Chapter Officers

·      Co-PresidentMelissa Zeitz, Technology Teacher, Liberty Elementary School, Springfield

·      Co-PresidentScott Wohlers, 5th grade teacher, Dryden School, Springfield

·      Vice-President and Social Media ManagerLisa Manzi, Technology Teacher, Michael E. Smith Middle School, South Hadley

·      TreasurerDan Manseau, Technology Teacher, Boland Elementary, Springfield

·      SecretaryDenise Matuszczak,  Administrator of Digital Learning and Assessment, Springfield Public Schools

·      Web ManagerKevin Murphy, Frontier Regional School

·      Faculty Advisor: Beryl Hoffman, Elms College

2018 Panel Discussion: College Computing Programs in the Age of “CS for All”

Slides from panel here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KR1C_PuTJBaRh4Z6bVX9OtavzthrTNyZ

Compared to the national market, a higher percentage of jobs in Massachusetts require computing skills and a bachelor's degree; and information technology adjacent jobs requiring computer science skills are growing 5 percent faster in Massachusetts than the overall national growth (2017 Technology Jobs in Massachusetts report by Burning Glass Technologies and Achieve). In 2016, Massachusetts approved new K-12 standards in Digital Literacy and Computer Science and is taking steps to expand access to computational thinking and computer science in K-12 as well as to draw more students into college computing programs. More high schools are offering computer science courses to more students. How are post-secondary computing programs adapting to meet workforce demands and respond to the call for “CS for All”?  This panel brings together faculty from a range of post-secondary computing programs in western Massachusetts to provide insight into these programs for teachers, guidance counselors, district leaders, parents, and the interested public.


  • Dr. Heidi Ellis, Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Information Technology, Western New England University

  • Jason Alves, Asst. Professor, Computer Information Technologies, Springfield Technical Community College

  • Dr. Beryl Hoffman, Assoc. Professor, Computer Information Technology, Elms College

  • Dr. Michelle Trim, Chief Undergraduate Advisor, Informatics Program, College of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Dr. Valerie Barr, Chair of Computer Science; Jean E. Sammet Professor of Computer Science, Mount Holyoke College

  • Moderator: Renee Fall, College of Information and Computer Sciences, UMass Amherst

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).