Archive for February, 2010

New Job Opportunity: Program Manager Mathematics and Science Assessment

Job Overview

With leading research entities as strategic collaborators, Agile Mind develops high-quality online mathematics and science assessment and course services that enable middle and high school teachers and students – particularly those in underserved communities – to dramatically improve academic achievement. This position is responsible for the ongoing development of our formative assessment services in mathematics and science. The ideal candidate will have current knowledge of STEM assessment issues, mathematics and science assessment experience, and knowledge of formative assessment products and publications.  Telecommuting is an option.

Key Responsibilities

Manage the enhancement and spread of our formative assessment services, working with our research collaborators.

Advocate best practices in assessment in all Agile Mind services and across the organization.

Support Sales and Professional Services staff in promoting our formative assessment service and tools and assuring their beneficial use by teachers and students.

Background Desired

  • Strong knowledge of the middle and high school mathematics and science assessment field
  • 3-5 years of substantive editing or curriculum development of middle- or secondary-school math instructional and assessment materials, preferably in an online environment
  • Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills
  • Initiative and ability to work autonomously
  • Exceptional editorial skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Basic knowledge of document layout and production practices
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat

    Skills Needed

    • Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills
    • Initiative and ability to work autonomously
    • Exceptional editorial skills
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Basic knowledge of document layout and production practices
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat

    Please click here for further details.

    To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to .

    To learn more about Agile Mind, visit

    Pre-Collegiate Academy Summer 2010

    Program Goals:
    The Pre-Collegiate Academy (PCA) teacher enhancement project impacts three central goals: 1) Improve student achievement among a targeted group of students in East Oakland middle schools and high schools; 2) Strengthen mathematics teaching methods and content among current and prospective teachers, and 3) Increase the number of college/university mathematics and science majors and minors who choose teaching as a career.

    Job Description:
    We are seeking current upper division college/university mathematics/science majors and minors to participate in one-week summer institute and a special 4-week (5 weeks full time) mathematics summer enrichment for secondary students to be held at Merritt College.  The job includes:

    • Participating in a one week (June 24 – June 30) Teacher Institute on the use of manipulatives, cooperative learning problem solving, and other teaching strategies;
    • Teaching mathematics along with a credentialed mathematics teacher to middle or high school students in the morning for 4 weeks (July 1 to July 30);
    • Participating in after class evaluation preparation sessions for 4 weeks (July 1 to July 30);
    • Participating in one evening of curriculum training on Wednesday, June 23 (5:30-7:30pm);
    • Supporting and maintaining the program expectations of PCA students set by the East Bay Consortium / Cal-SOAP;
    • $2,500 stipend for the five-week program

    Current Mathematics majors or minors in upper division or graduate school or Science majors with a strong math background.  Candidate must approach this summer institute/academy with an open mind to the possibility of teaching math as a career.  Teaching credential is not required.

    Application Deadline: May 14, 2010

    Please click here to learn more about the Pre-Collegiate Academy

    To download an application, please click here.

    Upcoming Opportunities for Teachers

    Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad – Teacher 2010

    BAMO Exam: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 3 pm – 6 pm with dinner to follow at San Francisco State University

    Please visit the website for more information:

    Math Teachers’ Circles (MTC)

    Network Special Session at NCTM 2010 Annual Meeting (Wednesday, April 21, 2:00-5:30)

    Please click here to view the flyer.


    American Institute of Mathematic

    American Institute of Mathematics Math Teachers’ Circle Summer Workshop

    Please visit the website for more information:

    CMC Algebraic Thinking Symposium

    There is still time to register for the Algebraic Thinking Symposium. Let’s go to Monterey Bay for the weekend of March 12th and 13th! Begin your weekend with a great K – 12 algebra symposium and end it with a visit along the coast of Monterey Bay. There is no need for a sub because it’s Friday night and all day Saturday.

    The cost is $140 for the symposium, $55 for the banquet/keynote, and $177 for the hotel room.

    CMC-Central’s Algebraic symposium provides a unique opportunity for Professional development. Friday night will include a banquet and keynote speaker, Paul Giganti. On Saturday you will experience two intimate grade level sessions to engage you into a world of algebraic thinking. You will come away with an in depth understanding that will inspire you for an exciting Monday morning. In between sessions you will be able to visit vendors to find those treasures for your students and your classroom.

    Go to to register for the 2010 Algebraic Thinking Symposium. Be sure to make your reservations at the Embassy Suites in Seaside. We have a set of rooms set aside, make sure that you say that you’re with CMC Central to get the group rate.

    For additional information please contact Brandy Wiegers, Director Bay Area Circle for Teachers,  by email at:  or visit the website:

    Bay Area Circle for Teachers Summer Workshop 2010

    Applications are currently being accepted for the Bay Area Circle for Teachers Summer Workshop 2010. This workshop will be held on June 21-25, 2010.

    Please click here to apply.

    Applications will be evaluated on a first-come first-served basis beginning February 28 , and spaces are expected to fill up fast, so please apply early!

    Decisions will be sent via email to applicants on a rolling basis beginning March 10th.

    For more information visit the website,


    Followup for the Bay Area Circle for Teachers Winter Workshop 2010

    You can now find all the lesson handouts from the Bay Area Circle for Teachers Winter Workshop 2010, as well as the (CM)2 student posters and promotional information about upcoming opportunities on the website:

    UGM (Unifying Generations of Mathematicians) Apparel for Sale

    The Spring 2010 SFSU’s UGM Apparel is here!!!

    Get one, two, or all three to support the UGM community, events, and graduation festivities. UGM apparel is perfect for math loving friends and family. Standard apparel color not your taste? Pre-order the same design on a different color American Apparel t-shirt or hoodie. Apparel will be on sale during the “Battle of the Nerds” (March 5) and at other on campus UGM events. Pre-orders due March 22, 2010 to any UGM officer* or turned into the student pick-up box in the Math Department office (in a sealed envelope under the file U for UGM). Standard apparel available for immediate pick-up while supplies last.

    Click here to find the UGM Apparel Order form or to visit the UGM website.

    *MSTI UGM officers: Charity Fraiser, Norma Hernandez, Shauna Crawford, Amanda Chui

    Special thanks to CSME, MSTI, Dr. Hsu, and Jamie Chan for their endless support of the UGM student organization and community.

    Biology Department Newsletter


    Golden Gate National Recreation Area seeks Wildlife Monitoring Intern for western snowy plovers, northern spotted owls, mission blue butterflies and bank swallows.  Application deadline:  February 26.  $25/day plus housing in Marin Headlands, Sausalito provided.  Email resume and cover letter to William Merkle, 

    Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, California offers 4-week (June 25-July 24) microbial physiology, ecology and evolution lectures, labs and field work.  Application deadline:  March 1.  For more information, visit:

    Chicago Botanic Garden offers summer field research internships for NSF-funded evolution and ecology plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairies project.   Housing and stipend included.  Application deadline:  March 5.  For more information, visit: or contact Stuart  Wagenius, 847-835-6978, 

    University of Nevada, Reno and Great Basin Institute offers undergraduate summer research experience studying fire effects on watershed restoration, June 7-August 13.  $4250 stipend plus housing on campus included.   Full-time student with junior or senior status required.  Application deadline:  March 8.  For more information, please click here.

    Pennington Marine Science Center, Camp Emerald Bay, Santa Catalina Island, CA seeks Marine Science Education and Aquarist Interns, May 30-September 1.  Room, board and stipend included.  Application deadline:  March 12.  For more information, contact:  Kevin Erickson, , 310-510-1795 ext. 36

    SF State’s Department of Biology offers summer undergraduate Ecological and Evolutionary Developmental Biology research experience, June 7-August 13. Assistance with living and travel expenses plus $4,500 stipend included. Application deadline:  March 12.  For more information, contact: , ,  or visit:

    Field Assistant needed for 3-6 month (September 2010-March 2011) coral reef study, Comoros Islands.  Deadline:  March 15.  Send cover letter, resume and two letters of reference to:  

    University of Virginia’s Mountain Lake Biological Station offers summer field-based undergraduate and graduate courses and workshops focused on ecology, evolution, physiology and behavior.  Application deadline:  March 15.  For more information, visit:

    University of Glasgow seeks field assistants to investigate individual variation in steroid hormones and fitness in blue tits population, Loch Lomond National Park, Scotland, April-June.  Basic living costs provided.  Application deadline:  March 19.  For more information, visit: or contact Lindsay Henderson,

    NASA Ames Research Center offers paid 10-12 week summer graduate student internship opportunities in biotechnology and fundamental space biology.  Application deadline:  March 20.  For more information, visit: or contact 

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Science and Technology offers post graduate internship opportunity for Water Quality Standards Program (#EPA Water 2010-154).  Full-time for one year position.  Annual stipend:  $43K-66K.  For more information, contact:  ,, 

    University of Washington/Friday Harbor offers spring (March 29-June 4) and summer (July 19-August 20) courses.  For more information, visit: or

    Science Foundation, Ireland, offers undergraduate summer school program in evolutionary biology and bioinformatics beginning June 8.  $300 Euro stipend and assistance with travel included.  For more information, visit: or contact 

    University of Colorado, Boulder offers 2-week summer ecosystem field study courses, June 6-July 31. Cost:  $1,400 includes meals, camping, travel during course, and equipment.  To learn more, visit:

    Danta:  Association for Conservation of the Tropics and State University of New York, Oneonta offers summer tropical biology field courses in Costa Rica.  For more information, visit:  www.DANTA.INFO

    UCSF’s Division of Vascular Surgery seeks undergraduate and graduate students to study in vitro and in vivo models of vascular disease.  Email resume to 

    Smithsonian/Bocas del Toro Research Station 2010 Training in Tropical Taxonomy offers 2-week summer courses.  For more information, visit:


    California Pre-Doctoral Program supports educational and economic disadvantaged upper division or graduate CSU students who want to pursue a Ph.D.  Application deadline:  March 2.  For more information, visit: or contact Dr. Joy Viveros, 415-405-2128, 

    The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology offers a Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship ($1k) to support graduate research at a marine, freshwater or terrestrial field station.  Application deadline:  March 5.  For more information, contact Dr. Bruno Pernet, 562-985-5378, 

    San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals offers scholarships for full-time graduate and undergraduate students.  Application deadline:  March 15.  For more information, visit: (click on “student section”) or contact: 

    SF State Department of Biology offers multiple undergraduate and graduate student scholarships.  Application deadline:  March 18.  For more information, visit:

    SF State’s Alumni Association offers multiple undergraduate and graduate student scholarships for Fall 2010.  Application deadline:  April 8.  For more information, visit:

    National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors numerous awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  2010 deadlines:  May 1, August 1, November 1.  For more information, call 202-334-2760, email:  , or visit:

    Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarships provide students with the opportunity to study at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.  For more information, please click here.

    Free H1N1 Flu Vaccinations

    There will be free H1N1 flu vaccinations, February 23, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Nob Hill Room, Seven Hills Center.

    Must show SFSU I.D. or State of California driver’s license.

    For more information, visit:

    Free Equipment and Supplies to Educators

    Roche Palo Alto Giveaway of free equipment and supplies to Educators, February 27, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    To register, please email Michael Fong at

    Summer Job Opportunity at Galileo Learning

    Galileo Learning is looking for qualified, inspiring, and fun-loving educators of all backgrounds and experiences to work at their summer camps in 26 Bay Area locations, including 6 sites in the South Bay.

    There are three different programs, each unique and vibrant:

    Galileo Summer Quest (for entering 5th through 8th graders): Majors and Minors in a dynamic environment for older kids!  We offer specific subjects, such as Go-Kart Makers, Fashion Design, and Claymation, for in-depth learning and innovation.

    The Tech Summer Camps (for entering 4th through 8th graders): Hands-on science and technology in a world-class museum setting!  Campers take part in 2 classes each day and can choose from Lego Robotics, Junior MD, Inventor’s Workshop, Filmmaking, and 15 more!

    Camp Galileo (for entering K through 5th graders): Summer learning and fun in art, science, and outdoors!

    At each site and program, Lead Instructors are needed to teach the fantastic curriculum, engage in exploration and collaboration with campers, and develop professionally in their roles.  There are also openings for Operations Coordinators and Assistant Camp Directors.

    If you have a chunk of your summer free and would love to further inspire kids in an awesome setting, please go to

    For additional information please contact Stephanie Chang, The Tech Summer Camps Director, by phone at (408) 390-1773 or via email:

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    New C.Y. Chow Fund Established at CSME

    The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is delighted to announce the creation of a new fund which provides support for students intent on a career teaching science or math and which will advance the work of the Center as a whole, through a generous, anonymous donation in the amount of $25,000 which was given to the University in November 2009.

    The new C.Y. Chow Fund for the Training of Science and Math Teachers was established to honor the legacy of commitment to teaching which was one of the hallmarks of the life of Prof. C.Y. Chow.  The fund will honor his memory, respect the values for which he stood, and continue the tradition of charitable giving in the areas of teaching and learning which the donors have begun in both the United States and China.

    The purpose of the C.Y. Chow Fund for the Training of Science and Math Teachers is to provide:
    - C.Y. Chow Fellowships for Future Science and Math Teachers
    - Material for the Mathematics Education Library
    - An annual C.Y. Chow Science and Math Education Speakers Series

    C.Y. Chow Fellows are selected through applications to the MSTI Program. C.Y. Chow Fellows…
    - Are full-time students at SF State
    - Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
    - Have the intent to become a science or math teacher
    - Take all appropriate coursework to enter a teaching credential program upon graduation
    - Participate in education field work in the community

    All fellowship awards will be for one semester, with the possibility for renewal in subsequent semesters.

    Spring 2010 C.Y. Chow Fellows Include…

    Amanda Chui
    Amanda Chui
    Mathematics: Concentration in Mathematics for Teaching
    Career Goal: Middle School Mathematics

    Shannon Eaves
    Liberal Studies: Emphasis on Life Science and Physical Science
    Career Goal: Middle School Science

    Elizabeth Lopez
    Mathematics: Concentration in Mathematics for Teaching
    Career Goal: High School Mathematics

    Andrew Richmond
    Andrew Richmond
    Science: B.S. in Marine Biology
    Career Goal: High School Life Science

    Christine Sierra
    Christine Sierra
    Mathematics: Concentration in Mathematics for Teaching
    Career Goal: Middle School Mathematics

    The Center for Science and Mathematics Education wishes to express its deep gratitude to the donors for setting up this new fund.  Others wishing to contribute their own donations to the new fund are encouraged to do so.  (For more information, please contact Dr. Wendy Abraham, Director of Development for the College of Science and Engineering at or by phone: (415) 405-38267.)