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  • 7 Mar 2023 7:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Piper Workshop, March 28, 9am-3pm
    PRISM, 1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield NJ
    Full-day session - limited space!! - NO CHARGE! Lunch provided
    Funded by NJ-DOE CS Grants
    Bring your device and learn how to use it effectively in your classroom! 



    March 8th 5:00p-8:00p: Computer Science Devices and Hardware Showcase more details and registration.   ($125 stipend available)

    March 13th 5:30p-7:30p: Networks and Technology  more details and registration. ($100 stipend available)

    March 14th (Date change) 9a-11a: Morning-Administrators ONLY: Developing District's Mission in Computer Science  more details and registration.

    March 22nd 5:30p-7:30p:  Real World Problem Solving with CS more details and registration ($100 stipend available)

    March 27th 5:30p-7:30p (NEW DATE) : Counselors: Supporting Inclusive CS Education - more details and registration. ($100 stipend available)

    All workshops at PRISM (Montclair State University), 1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 2nd floor.

    Professional development is funded by the Computer Science for All: Expanding Professional Learning (HUB Grant) (22E00173) and the by Computer Science for All: Implementing the 2020 Computer Science Student Learning Standards(22E00178)

    Questions: Feel free to contact us at or call 973-655-7753.


  • 16 Feb 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Montclair State University
    Full-day sessions - limited space!! - NO CHARGE!
    Funded by NJ-DOE CS Grants
    All workshops at: PRISM, 1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield NJ
    Bring your devices and learn how to use them effectively in your classroom!
    All workshops will be 9am-3pm 
    Lunch provided
    5.5 PD hours

    Makey Makey

    Friday, March 3, 2023

    A hands-on experience in invention literacy. Participants will learn what a Makey Makey is, how it works, how to use it with the Scratch programming tool, and best classroom practices.  They will then learn ways to create an interactive learning experience for their students.  The workshop will end with participants engaging in a design thinking challenge similar to what they may create for their students.

    Sphero - Bolt and Little Bits 

    Wednesday, March 8, 2023

    Including intro to Sphero and computational thinking, programming with the Bolt, building confidence using littleBits, classroom management techniques while working with robots, creating content for varying grade and ability levels.

    Kibo - Operational skills and in-depth curriculum integration 

    Thursday, March 9, 2023

    Including an intro to KIBO and its research foundation, constructing your own KIBO, overview of the KinderLab curriculum and how KIBO will be integrated into your own classroom.

    Arduino - Intro to Coding

    Thursday, March 23, 2023

    We’ll explore how Arduino CTC Go! Core Module can be used to effectively address New Jersey’s Computer Science and Design Thinking standards for high school students. We’ll cover topics such as:   

    • Setting up your class and accessing the CTC Go! content   
    • What’s in the kit? – Exploring the CTC Go! hardware   
    • Overview of the lessons, guided projects, and self-directed projects   
    • Creating programmable electronic devices    
    • Using the Arduino Software (IDE) (Integrated Development Environment) to write, compile, and transfer code   
    • How CTC Go! addresses specific New Jersey Computer Science and Design Thinking standards   
    • Tips for implementation and troubleshooting


    Professional development is funded by the Computer Science for All: Expanding Professional Learning (HUB Grant) (22E00173) and the by Computer Science for All: Implementing the 2020 Computer Science Student Learning Standards(22E00178)

    Questions: Feel free to contact us at or call 973-655-7753. 

  • 14 Feb 2023 8:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please see the upcoming Professional Development Institutes being offered this summer for K-12 STEM teachers through QUEST 2023. Teachers will receive an honorarium ($150) and 30 professional development hours upon the completion of a QUEST unit. 

    QUEST is designed to enhance teachers' knowledge of science and mathematics aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Science and Math. Each session is co-taught by Princeton University researchers, content experts, and lead teachers. QUEST builds on teachers' knowledge of science and math content along with practices through experiments, field experiences, data analysis, and discourse. These learning experiences aim to increase teachers’ enthusiasm, knowledge, and confidence in teaching science and math.  

    This summer the QUEST Institutes for STEM teachers include: 

    • July 17-21: Phenomenal Fusion: Energy and Climate Justice (grades 6-12)

    • July 23-28: In our Backyards: Human Impacts on Pollinator and Plant Populations in Local Environments (grades 3-12)

    • July 24-28: Buried Secrets: The Geological Significance, Formation and History of Iron Ore Deposits in the NJ Highlands (grades 3-12)

    • August 14-18: Climate Change: Exploring Solutions to a Complex Problem (grades 5-12)

    Register here: 

    Please contact Dr. Jessica Monaghan with any questions. 

    Please note: 

    • Register before 4/28/23 for a discounted rate. Fee schedule as follows: Early Bird $250; Full Rate $300. The two QUEST units highlighted above are free of charge. Space is limited and we may not be able to accept all applications. Registration is required no later than June 16th.

    • Participants MUST adhere to University Visitor Policy | Office of Environmental Health and Safety (linked)No exemptions will be allowed.

    Explore the images and website below for additional information!

  • 4 Feb 2023 6:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Montclair State University

    Pathways to Computer Science

    All teachers and administrators

    3 PD hours

    The first 50 (non-PLC*) registrants will receive a $125 stipend  for attendance and GIVEAWAYS

    *PLC - Professional Learning Community member.


    Come join us for a night of interaction with future computer scientists and those who are already in the industry.

    Stories from the University: Undergraduate students' stories to access and enter CS studies and their career trajectory. Panelists from Howard University and Montclair State University.

    How did I end up in this industry? How can computer science be applied towards a career pipeline in the industry? Panelists from NextGen Studios, Google, and others.

    Join administrators and teachers for dinner and discussion with the panelists and leave with knowledge to share with you peers and students.  

    WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - REGISTER HERE

    TIME: 5pm-8pm (Hot Dinner included)

    PLACE: PRISM, 1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ

    No shows will result in ineligibility to register for future workshops.

    OTHER Computer science PD offerings at MSU:

    February 7th 5:30p-7:30p : Understanding the WWW (Networks and Technology) - more details and registration. (stipend available)

    February 27th 5:30p-7:30p : Counselors: Supporting Inclusive CS Education - more details and registration. (stipend available)

    March 7th, 9a-11p: Morning-Admins: Developing District's Mission in Computer Science more details and registration.

    March 13th 5:30p-7:30p: Networks and Technology  more details and registration. (stipend available)

    This professional development is generously funded by Computer Science for All: Implementing the 2020 Computer Science Student Learning Standards(22E00178)

    Questions: Feel free to contact us at or call 973-655-7753.

  • 4 Feb 2023 6:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Library of Congress Onsite Workshops

    Come join us at the Library of Congress for a Teaching with Primary Sources workshop.

    2023 Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Onsite Workshops

    Join us onsite at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. for a free three-day professional development workshop, where you’ll learn and practice strategies for using primary sources with K-12 students. Three sessions will be offered this summer:

    • July 5-7
    • July 12-14
    • July 17-19

    Apply now!

    In each session, Library of Congress education specialists will model a variety of hands-on, inquiry-based teaching strategies for using primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, construct knowledge, and launch original research. Activities will feature some of the millions of historical artifacts from the Library’s collections – photographs, prints, manuscripts, maps, multimedia, and more – which are digitized and freely available online.

    Before the workshop, participants will be invited to to join an orientation webinar to prepare for their time at the Library. Once onsite, participants will both engage in activities and reflect on how the strategies apply to their students, subject areas, and classrooms or school libraries. Participants will also draw on the Library’s collections to draft a primary source activity that they can implement with their students during the school year. Finally, participants will be invited to a follow up webinar to share their experiences implementing the activity with students.

    Tuition and materials for the workshops are offered at no cost to participants. However, please note that participants are responsible for all other costs, such as transportation, meals, and lodging. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation upon successful completion of the workshop.

    Additional Application Information

    As space is limited for the three 2023 Library of Congress Summer Professional Development workshops, participants must apply to attend one of the three workshops. Before applying, please review the additional information below.

    • Who may apply to the workshop?

      The Library of Congress Summer Professional Development workshops are appropriate for K-12 educators across many disciplines, including: Social Studies/History, English Language Arts, Science, Art, Music; and for any other educator who feels primary sources could be used with their curriculum. Librarians and Curriculum/Professional Development specialists are also encouraged to apply.

    • What is the deadline to apply?

      The deadline to apply is February 10, 2023.

    • May I apply to multiple workshop dates?

      Please note that the three workshop sessions are identical. Please apply to only one session.

    • When and how will I be notified regarding my application’s status?

      After submitting an application, you should receive an automated confirmation email that the Library has received your application. If you do not, please check your spam folder. If you are still not sure, please email Applications will then be reviewed and applicants notified regarding their application status by mid-March 2023.

    • What other documents do I need to submit?

      In addition to answering a series of application questions, applicants must submit a letter of support from an administrator or supervisor with their application. Letters of support should describe the candidate's overall qualifications for this program and support for the educator to implement what they learn in the subsequent school year. Please note that applicants must submit this letter at the same time they complete the application form, so please wait until you have an electronic copy of your letter available before filling out the form.

    • What if I have additional questions?

      Please send any questions to and we’ll answer as soon as we are able.

    Apply now!

  • 18 Jan 2023 7:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join hosts Dr. Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Luke Henke, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, Feb. 2nd at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they welcome Dr. Sharon Bowers, Joan Harper-Neely, and Betsy McAllister from NASA eClips to learn about two NASA opportunities for your students to interact, engage, and share with learning with peers across the nation.

    This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12.

    Access registration here!

    Also, we are pleased to share our past episodes with you from our updated NASA Community Page. Feel free to watch former episodes and reach out to the guests for further resource information!

  • 10 Jan 2023 7:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Applications are now open for’s Professional Learning Program for middle and high school educators! If you’re interested in teaching computer science for the 2023-2024 academic year, this is your time to explore the CS curriculum and collaborate with educators of all experience levels to develop lesson plans and teaching strategies.
     Learn more
    What is the Professional Learning Program?
    Hosted by highly trained facilitators, our professional development workshops will prepare you to confidently bring CS to your students as well as connect with an online and in-person community of peers. Most workshops have scholarship funding available. 

    Elementary teachers can sign-up for a one-day workshop near you! Applications are not required for Computer Science Fundamentals workshops and take place throughout the country, year-round. 

    Middle and high school teachers

     will begin with a 5-day workshop on Computer Science Discoveries, Computer Science Principles and Computer Science A in the summer, with academic year workshops thereafter.

    Click HERE for more information. 

  • 9 Jan 2023 9:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did your students' scores on the NJSLA-Science stun you?

    Wish you had known the Science and Engineering Practices

    (SEPs) were a major emphasis on the test? Attending  this workshop will help you find out more about the NJSLA-Science 

    and learn more about the modeling SEP.

    There are 35 modeling SEPs embedded in the Performance Expectations
    (PEs) for grades 5 through 12.
     This interactive six-hour workshop contains
    three parts. Part 1 provides classroom-ready modeling activities and time
    for creating/revising your own modeling activities. Part 2 is an overview of
    the principles of the NGSS, the three Dimensions, and the PEs. Part 3
    includes background information about the NJSLA-Science, test
    construction, and scoring. Participants will receive resources in the form of
    handouts, activities, and websites.


    Date: Friday March 24, 2023
    Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake
    Cost: $175.00

    Time: 8:30-2:30

  • 1 Dec 2022 6:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Montclair State University

    K-5 CS Plugged and Unplugged Workshop

    2 PD hours

    The first 35 (non-PLC*) registrants will receive a $100 stipend  for workshop attendance.

    *PLC - Professional Learning Community member.

     REGISTER here

    Date: Tuesday, December 13th

    Time: 5:30p-7:30p snack served

    Location: PRISM 1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ

    **Registration required - $25 refundable fee to hold reservation for all non-PLC registrants receiving a stipend. 

    K-5: Computer Science Plugged and Unplugged:

    Computers, Computers everywhere – now what do we do with them?  Overwhelmingly, there is a push to get students on computers but a lot of computer science can be taught without a computer.  These "unplugged" techniques can be especially effective with younger children and engage students who do not learn typically, who may have language challenges or who may not like computers or think computers are not for them.  They can help those students engage in individual and group activities, play games and participate in activities that help their social and emotional learning – all while addressing the NJ Learning Standards!  This session, dedicated towards K-5 teachers but open to everyone, will look at Computer Science activities that are “unplugged” and then connect them to the “plugged” concepts.  No programming or computer science experience necessary.

    All workshops are led by MSU faculty in computer science and education.

    2-hours of professional development credit will be awarded for each workshop attended.
    MSU HUB Grant is funded by the Computer Science for All: Expanding Professional Learning (HUB Grant) (22E00173)

    ***Registration is still open for the Teacher CS Standards Hack-a-thon on Saturday, January 21st from 9a-1p. Hack-a-thon registration

    Questions: Feel free to contact us at or call 973-655-7753.

  • 1 Dec 2022 6:33 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Princeton University invites middle and high schools in the State of New Jersey to nominate an exceptional teacher, or team of two co-teachers, for the Princeton Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching.  

    Princeton Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching was established in 1959 and each year four honorees are chosen from applicants from public and private schools in New Jersey. These teachers represent the finest secondary teachers in the state and are honored at Princeton University's Commencement. Through the generosity of an anonymous alumnus, each of the prize winners receives $5,000, and the winner’s school receives an additional $3,000 for the purchase of library books.

    Please review registration requirements HERE. 

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