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COMMON FAQs

The Rutgers Computer Science Education Hub seeks to support educators and school leaders surrounding computer science in as many ways as possible.

Below you can find information to common questions, but we are always available to answer your specific questions if you reach out.

Who can attend professional learning opportunities through Rutgers CSE Hub?

We do our best to ensure that our professional learning can impact the greatest number of people as possible. That being said, we are limited due to budgetary and logistic constraints. Sessions are first available to our partner school districts, and depending on remaining seats, will be opened to the statewide educator community afterwards. Even if you are unable to attend sessions, we will do our best to record sessions when possible and make them available in our video gallery.

What stipends are available for my participation in Hub related activities?

To compensate teachers for their time, we have stipends available for professional learning that takes place outside of regular school hours, mainly for sessions that occur during the summer and weekends throughout the school year. Stipends are not available for administrators or school leaders. Funds are also available to compensate a total of four teacher leaders who spearhead cross-district working groups.

What is the computer science virtual community of practice?

A community of practice (CoP) is a collaborative structure where practitioners can share ideas, exchange experiences, and work together to solve common problems of practice. Our virtual CoP will be open to all members of partner districts and consist of discussion forums, quarterly virtual meetings, and ongoing discussion.

How do I become a partnered district or join the community of practice?

At present, we are currently recruiting member districts based on need and available funding. If you are not affiliated with a member district but would still like to attend professional development sessions, we do offer any remaining seats to the broader educational community, and recordings are available to anyone. To join the CoP without being affiliated with a member group, you may apply for an account on this website and we will be in touch!

Where will professional learning opportunities be offered; will they be virtual or in-person?

We hope to offer professional learning sessions in-person whenever possible, though we are prepared to pivot to virtual whenever needed. Additionally, all in-district professional development sessions can be joined virtually through the Zoom platform, and recordings will be posted to be viewed asynchronously, where appropriate.

What coaching opportunities are available for educators from member districts?

For our partnered districts, we offer in-district and virtual sessions with our computer science instructional coach by appointment. Contact us to set up an appointment. All members of the CoP are also eligible to attend office hour sessions, which are drop by Q&A spaces. Office hours are hosted 3x weekly for one hour each sesison.