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  • 22 Nov 2022 6:54 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    3-day mini-series: Putting 'Talk' into STEM for Science teachers

    • Grades 3-8, specialists, coaches, and supervisors
    • $150 stipend, light dinner, 6 PD hours.
    • 5:00pm to 7:00pm on: January 26 | February 2 | February 16 (snow date March 2)

    Looking to break away from the typical I-R-E (initiation, response, evaluation) discourse pattern in your classroom? If so, come join this multi session workshop. Over the course of 3 sessions, participants will experience and reflect upon numerous talk activities infused throughout a sequence of STEM instruction. After engaging in different talk protocols, participants will be able to determine which talk protocol best fits their planned lesson.

    Presented by PRISM at Montclair State University

    Register at:

  • 22 Nov 2022 5:45 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Montclair State University

    High School Teacher Computer Science Workshop 

    2 PD hours

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

    *PLC - Professional Learning Community staff.

     REGISTER here

    Date: Monday, November 21st

    Time: 5:30p-7:30p snack served

    Location: PRISM 1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ

    HS Teachers: Understanding Data Sciences: Data Analysis and Algorithms Our world is drowning in data.  One of the largest growth sectors in Computer Science is Data Sciences – the study of how we work with data.  This professional development experience will introduce faculty to Data Sciences and how algorithms and programming are related to it.  We will discuss innovative and effective ways people are currently working with data, how algorithms impact data and how we understand the behaviors of the techniques that use data.  This PD is dedicated toward teachers who teach high school students but everyone is welcome.  While computer science programming experience is not required, topics will be discussed in a way assuming you understand basic concepts of programming.  REGISTER here for Nov 21st

    **Registration required - $25 per workshop refundable fee to hold reservation for all non-PLC registrants receiving a stipend. Because it is within 5 days of the workshop, if you cancel you will not be refunded the fee.

    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)

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

  • 22 Nov 2022 5:44 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Computer Science Curriculum Hack-a-thon

    at Montclair State University

    Teachers and Admins of all grades


    4 PD hours 

    The first 100 non-CS PLC* registrants will receive a $100 stipend for attendance.

    *PLC - Professional Learning Community participant of the CS grants

    Date: Saturday, January 21st

    Time: 9am-1pm - including lunch

    Location: Montclair State University Camus - CELS Building, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ (Parking will be included at the CarParc Diem)

    **Registration required - $25 refundable fee to hold reservation to receive a stipend.

    Ready to shape the future of computer science education in NJ and earn PD hours? Come out to the First Annual CS Curriculum Hack-a-thon on the Montclair State University Campus! 

    Teachers and administrators bring your knowledge of what motivates your K-12 students to learn. Montclair State University will bring the Computer Science and Education experts. And together we will brainstorm curricula for all grades to help teachers with the new NJ Department of Education Student Learning Standards in Computer Science.

    We will develop new teaching modules as well as look at modules already developed and modify them to work with our New Jersey students.

    We will have other surprises in store for you including guest speakers and giveaways! 

    Register now for the Hack-a-thon 

    4-hours of professional development credit will be awarded.

    MSU HUB Grant is funded by the Computer Science for All: Expanding Professional Learning (HUB Grant) (22E00173)

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

  • 22 Nov 2022 5:32 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Rutgers has a variety of upcoming workshops:

  • 22 Nov 2022 4:58 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Ambitious Science Teaching (AST) for K-12 teachers

    With generous funding from Bristol Myers Squibb, PRISM is excited to announce this 4-day mini-series 
    *:  January 10, January 24, February 9 and February 23 (*snow date March 9th)
    Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM
    Where:  PRISM - located at 1515 Broad St. Bloomfield, NJ 07003
    Receive a stipend of $200 when you attend all 4 days. 
    A non-refundable fee of $30 is required for registration..
    A light dinner will be served.
    A certificate will be provided for 8 PD hours upon completion.

    Registration is limited, reserve your spot now!
    Ambitious Science Teaching aims to support students of all backgrounds to deeply understand science, engage with science practices and solve authentic problems.
    In this workshop, you will learn about and engage with the four core practices of Ambitious Science Teaching, University of Washington. The Ambitious Science Teaching framework is based on 30+ years of classroom research. Each workshop session will center around one of the practices:

    1.   Planning for engagement with important science ideas
    2.   Eliciting students’ ideas
    3.   Supporting ongoing changes in thinking
    4.   Pressing for evidence-based explanations
    Ambitious Science Teaching can be done at all levels, therefore this workshop is suitable for K-12 teachers. As much as possible, workshop participants will be divided into groups depending on the grade level they teach so that grade specific content can be used to implement newly learned strategies. Teachers are encouraged to sign up with 1 or more co-workers.  
    NoteThe workshop will follow the Ambitious Science Teaching suggested pathway for groups of educators working together to improve their practice. This pathway includes a 10-15 page reading to support the discussions during each face-to-face session. Sessions will operate from the assumption that participants have engaged with the reading materials ahead of time.

    Petra van’t Slot has been teaching science (mostly Chemistry) at the high school and college level for 15+ years. She currently teaches at the Dwight-Englewood school in Englewood, NJ. Petra is fascinated by how people learn science and she loves to improve her practice together with other educators.

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