Archive for April, 2010

Fun Exchanges of Activities for Science Teachers-free session

This month’s Fun Exchanges of Activities for Science Teachers (FEAST) session will continue to cover technology for your classroom, including Google Earth.We will also learn about how to share websites and documents on the teacher networking site.

All are welcome to come, even if you missed Part 1 of this session.

Bring a website or document to share on the networking site!

Date: April 24, 2010
Time: 9am to 12pm
Location: Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450
Room: Chem/Physics

Please click here for more information about the Feast Program.

Workshops for Professional Developers at the Institute for Inquiry

For more than 30 years, the Institute for Inquiry® has served as a professional development center for teachers, administrators, and professional developers interested in exploring the theory and practice of inquiry-based teaching and learning.  Our workshops and custom collaborations illuminate the power of learning scientific content through inquiry and introduce strategies for providing inquiry experiences in the classroom.

Two groups of workshops will be held for the 2010-2011 school year:

The first group workshops will focus on the Fundamentals for Inquiry, which will be held October 25-29, 2010. Using hands-on experiences and focused reflection, Institute for Inquiry® workshops give teachers a thorough grounding in the pedagogy and practice of science inquiry. Participants examine different ways of teaching hands-on science, explore the process skills of inquiry, engage in a full scientific inquiry, and consider ways to include inquiry in their own classrooms.

The second group of workshops will focus on Assessing for Learning, which will be held  February 7-9, 2011. These workshops introduce the Formative Assessment Cycle, a process by which teachers gather evidence of students’ thinking and use this evidence to decide next steps for teaching.

Please click here for a detailed workshop brochure or call (415) 561-0397 for any additional questions.

Grade 6 Teaching Position at Convent of the Sacred Heart

Convent of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic and independent girls school in San Francisco, is seeking an experienced 6th Grade Homeroom teacher who is particularly strong in teaching math and science for the 2010-2011 Academic Year.

Criteria of our national Network of Sacred Heart Schools
Candidates need to understand the developmental needs of girls at this age, take delight in young adolescence, have a strong command of the subject matter and be able to integrate technological into their teaching. They must also possess excellent communication skills, be able to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles, and truly desire to actively support the Goals and

How to Apply
Applicants should submit an Employment Application for Schools of the Sacred Heart, a cover letter, and current resume to:

Ms. Joanna Gallegos, Middle Form Dean
2222 Broadway
San Francisco, CA  94115

Please click here to download the application form from their website.

Volunteers Needed for Maker Faire’s Young Makers Day

Maker Faire is seeking enthusiastic volunteers for Friday, May 21st (8am-Noon) to help with Young Makers Day. Hundreds of students will attend this educational, preview event held before the 5th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area, which is held at the San Mateo County Event Center over the weekend of May 22nd and May 23rd.

About Young Makers Day
Young Makers Day (previously Education Day) is a unique preview opportunity at Maker Faire Bay Area 2010. We’ve invited Makers to come meet school groups at our third annual Young Makers Day, as Maker Faire is being set up for the weekend. Student participants will get a sneak peek at some of the exhibits and workshops. Young Makers will get time to meet and interact with select Makers, they will participate in some Make activities, and they will get a glimpse of the set-up process for the very large-scale event the day before it begins.  We’ll encourage students who come on Friday to return on either Saturday or Sunday, and every class that comes gets a one-year subscription to Make magazine!

Volunteer Description
Volunteers will help with a wide variety of tasks, including check-in, tours, and interactive experiences. Please note: volunteers must be 18 years and older.

Volunteers will receive:

  • A rare, inside glimpse of Maker Faire in “set-up” mode
  • Maker Faire T-shirt
  • Day Pass to Maker Faire ($25 value)
  • Satisfaction that you helped inspire tomorrow’s Makers and Innovators (priceless!)

To sign-up, follow this link and check on the education day/Young Makers Day box:

Maker Faire.

For more information, please contact Coral Clark at .

New Director for Center for Science and Mathematics Education

Sheldon Axler, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering has announced Dr. Eric Hsu as the next Director for The Center for Science and Mathematic Education.

Eric was an undergraduate math major at Harvard. He then received a PhD in mathematics from UC Berkeley, followed by a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Texas, Austin. Eric came to SF State in 2001 as an Assistant Professor in our Mathematics Department, where he is now an Associate Professor. Since coming to SF State, Eric has been awarded a prestigious NSF CAREER grant and a large NSF Math Science Partnership grant and a California Math Science Partnership grant.

MSTI Presents: Effective Teachers in Urban Schools: The Gangsta, Wanksta, Rida Paradigm

Jeffrey Michael Reies Duncan-Andrade is an Assistant Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition he teaches 9th grade English at Mandela High School in East Oakland and for the past 18 years has practiced and studied the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools. Before joining the faculty at SFSU, Jeff taught English and coached in the Oakland public schools for 10 years, and completed his doctoral studies at the UC Berkeley. He has lectured around the world about the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children.

His research interests and publications span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and ethnic studies.  He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on the conditions of urban education, urban teacher support and development, and effective pedagogy in urban settings.  In addition, he recently completed two books, The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools and What a Coach Can Teach a Teacher, with Peter Lang Publishing.

This event is open to all Students, Teacher & Faculty. Please RSVP in SCI 211 or online at

Date: May 6, 2010
Time: 4:00-6:00PM
Dinner will be provided

CSME Teaching Fellowship Application for Fall 2010 Now Available

Like working with young people?

Interested in sharing your passion for science & math with others?

Explore the profession of middle or high school teaching!

The Center for Science & Mathematics Education announces a fellowship for prospective math and science teachers. You can receive up to $1,500 in stipend money for Fall 2010 to explore the teaching profession. You’ll also receive advising, opportunities to meet other prospective teachers, access to special internships, help with your credential application, use of the CSME Fellows lounge, and other opportunities!

You are eligible to apply if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are an undergraduate majoring in, or have a degree in, a mathematics or science discipline (physics, biology, chemistry, geosciences, engineering, or computer science)
  • Enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teaching credential program (Math or Science Education)
  • Pursuing an introductory (through 8th grade) or foundation-level (through 9th grade) subject-matter authorization to teach math or science.

Fellowships are based on merit and are not dependent upon financial aid status.  We have created several levels of support that will include students at the different stages of their academic progress. All Fellows will be eligible to apply for the CSME Excellence in Pre-Service Teaching Award, which are awarded at the end of every school year.

Deadline: Friday, May 7th in SCI 211

Please click here to download an application.

Bay Area Circle for Teachers Summer Workshop & April Newsletter

Bay Area Circle for Teachers Summer Workshop 2010, June 21-25  - APPLY NOW!

This is a FREE week-long professional development opportunity at UC Berkeley. Our funders will provide housing, food and supplies for the week for all participants.

We ask that all participants remain on site, even those within commuting distance, since collegial interaction and evening activities form an important part of the workshop.

Have you attended BACT previously? This is still an opportunity for you!

This year we’re going to be opening up the Summer BACT Workshop to repeat teachers, with new sessions for teachers who have attended previously. We’re just asking that teachers who have attended previously also find another teacher to apply with you.

Please note: This year we won’t be offering an honorarium/ stipend. We decided instead to support having more teachers attend the workshop.

Applications will be evaluated on a first-come first-served basis, and spaces are expected to fill up fast, so please apply ASAP! Decisions will be sent via email to applicants on a rolling basis.

Applications currently being accepted:

For more information visit the website,

Flyer for the workshop:


Find us on Facebook.

We’ve started a Bay Area Circle for Teachers Facebook Page.

We’ll post upcoming events (like those below) that may be of interest.  Don’t worry – we’ll still send out this newsletter but this way you’ll receive more regular updates.


Additionally, in this month’s newsletter we have information about ….

1. Julia Robinson Math Festival – at Stanford, May 2

2. National Labs Day – May 12, 2010

3. Math Teachers’ CIrcles (MTC) Network Special Session at NCTM 2010 Annual Meeting (Wednesday, April 21, 2:00-5:30)

4. American Institute of Mathematics Math Teachers’ Circle Summer Workshop

5. NYTimes Mathematics Series by S. Strogatz


Julia Robinson Math Festival – at Stanford, May 2

This math festival is intended for students in grades 6-12.  It consists of mathematical activities, a math-circle style talk, and of course, prizes.  The festival is named in honor of Julia Robinson, the Berkeley mathematician who, among other important discoveries, made significant contributions to the solution of Hilbert’s Tenth Problem.

The mathematical activities will cover a wide variety of mathematical topics, including abstract problem-solving techniques like symmetry and parity as well as content ranging from arithmetic and algebra through combinatorics and topology. Students will have time to visit at least five or six activities during the morning session.  A sample activity can be found at if you like.  Each activity table will be staffed by a math expert, and upon reaching certain milestones in their understanding of the mathematics behind the puzzle or game or activity, students will be rewarded with raffle tickets for the prize drawings. Thanks to our sponsors (the desJardins/Blachman fund, as well as Stanford’s Mathematics Department and Education Program for Gifted Youth) we have an impressive array of prizes!

The sign-up pages are active now.

We’re doing one festival in the AM and another in the PM

- obviously each student can only choose 1.
are the registration pages.

The registration fee for this event is $10 PER STUDENT.

You will be taken to the payment page after you click the registration button.

We are using PayPal to collect registration fees and T-shirt orders, but you do not need a PayPal account to make a payment.

If you are financially unable to pay the registration fee, you may request to have your registration fee waived. Your registration will still be accepted and the students can still attend the event. However, payment is still required for any T-shirts ordered.

For more information about the Julia Robinson Math Festival, visit


National Labs Day – May 12, 2010

National Lab Day is more than just a day.It’s a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support that will foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators.

Volunteers, university students, scientists, engineers, other STEM professionals and, more broadly, members of the community are working together with  educators and students to bring discovery-based science  experiences to students in grades K-12. When an educator posts a project, our system will help them get the resources needed to bring that project to fruition.

Visit the website to learn more:


Math Teachers’ Circles (MTC) Network Special Session at

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



American Institute of Mathematics Math Teachers’ Circle Summer Workshop

We are currently recruiting for our Summer 2010 workshop,

which will be held at AIM in Palo Alto, July 6-9. For more details, visit the website:


NY Times Mathematics Series by S. Strogatz

The New York Times is doing some very interesting articles centered around public awareness and appreciation of mathematics.

Steven Strogatz is a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. In 2007 he received the Communications Award, a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public. He previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received the E.M. Baker Award, an institute-wide teaching prize selected solely by students. “Chaos,” his series of 24 lectures on chaos theory, was filmed and produced in 2008 by The Teaching Company. He is the author,  most recently, of “The Calculus of Friendship,” the story of his 30-year correspondence with his high school calculus teacher.

The first article:

The entire series can be found here:


Recruitment for SPIKE and SPECTRUM Programs

The Science Education Partnership & Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) is currently recruiting students for their SPIKE and SPECTRUM programs.

Science Partners in K-12 Education (SPIKE). Semester-long partnerships between elementary, middle or high school teachers and SFSU science undergraduate and graduate students.

The SPIKE program:
• Supports teachers in addressing science standards
• Supports the teaching of hands-on science activities in the classroom
• Provides college role models for K-12 students
• Allows SFSU science students to revisit and apply their science content knowledge by sharing it with K-12 teachers and their students in the classroom

For SFSU science students, the Science Partners in K-12 Education Program is a cross-listed course that will be offered as Science 652/Biology 652 this fall. Students will learn how to develop biology and physical science lessons and get practice teaching them.

Must be an SFSU undergraduate or graduate science major.

Applications due Friday, May 21st in Sepal Resource Center (HH 236) or email to Please click here to download an application.

Spectrum is a community of women of color in the biomedical sciences. Spectrum brings together women scientists of all ages together — SFSU undergraduate students, SFSU Masters students, SFSU alumni in local doctoral and biotechnology positions, SFSU Faculty, and middle and high school students and teachers. SFSU Spectrum scientists collaborate to learn and share their knowledge about the biology behind women’s health issues and current research being conducted by women biomedical researchers of color.

Each Spectrum participant will receive a $1000 honorarium, academic credit, and formal training in communicating the biology they know!

Must be a current SFSU biology student

Applications due May 7, 2010.

Please click here to download an application.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact SEPAL Senior Coordinator, Allison Busch, at or (415) 405-3756.

Mathematics Teaching Resource Center: Grand Opening Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the grand opening of the CSME Annex Mathematics Teaching Resource Center!

Grand Opening CSME Annex
Students, faculty and staff enjoying lunch together in our new center.
Grand Opening Guests
L-R: Brandy Wiegers, Sheldon Axler, Eric Hsu, Adrienne Cool & Jeanne D’Arcy

The CSME Annex offers…
- Library of math education tools, supplies and textbooks
- Computer lab with wireless access
- Classroom space available for use
More info here:

Donations Being Accepted!

Slide rule
(During our event, Larry Klingenberg of the Engineering Department generously donated his Three Foot Slide Rule to the resource center. Pictured above is Dr. Hsu admiring this lengthy donation!)

We are accepting donations to the resource center. If have mathematics education tools, books and materials you would like to donate please contact Andrea Spillane at  or 415-405-4049.