Archive for January, 2012

A Look Behind the Science at Livermore Laboratory

Ever wonder what goes on behind the fences at Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory?

Here’s your ticket to take a virtual field trip to see exciting,
state-of-the-art science, presented by world-class scientists…and you
won’t need a security clearance to see it.

Here is how:  Watch a LIVE broadcast of the Science on Saturday
lecture series starting Saturday, February 4 at 9:30 a.m. and again at
11:15 a.m. PST.

Overview: Join thousands of students and teachers taking this virtual field trip
to Livermore Laboratory.  On the first trip you will learn about, “The
Gamma-Ray Spectrometer at Mercury: A Seven Year Journey to the
Innermost Planet,” by LLNL scientist Morgan Burks, and teacher Dan
Burns.  This lecture will discuss NASA’s MESSENGER mission with a
focus on the gamma-ray spectrometer and the importance of gamma-ray
science in helping to understand the planet Mercury.  This talk also
discusses the science and engineering that allowed for the
spectrometer to work at cryogenic temperatures in one of the hottest
places in the solar system.

Many teachers award extra credit to students attending these talks in
person.  Download and complete the Student Notes Worksheet to show
your teacher that you haveparticipated in this “cutting-edge”,
real-world scientific exploration and perhaps you will earn extra
credit as well.  Student Notes Worksheets are available by download
the week of each talk at:

Science on Saturday Program Guide

The Gamma-Ray Spectrometer at Mercury: A Seven-Year Journey to the
Innermost Planet
Feb. 4 at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Sleuthing Seismic Signals: Understanding Earthquake Hazard and
Monitoring Nuclear Explosions
Feb. 11 at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Space Junk: Traffic Cops in Space
Feb. 18 at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Restoring Sight to the Blind: Bridging the Medical Gap with Technology
March 3 at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

NatureBridge offering workshops throughout the semester

Overview: NatureBridge offers an ecology and stewardship focused professional development series in the Santa Monica Mountains for Los Angeles-area teachers.

Workshop: Ecology and Stewardship Series

  • Discover hands-on lessons and activities
  • Develop a stewardship action plan
  • Explore and overnight in the Santa Monica Mountains
  • Receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series

Series 1:
February 11-12, March 10, and April 23, 2012 at Circle X Ranch TENT CAMPING

Series 2:
February 25-26, March 23, and April 23, 2012 at Camp Shalom DORM STYLE CABINS

This program is valued at $350 dollars, and you can register now for only $10 to reserve your spot.

Series 1 at Circle X Ranch (Register Now)

Series 2 at Camp Shalom (Register Now)

Only 20 spaces available for each series.


Workshop: The Enchanting Elwha River Workshop

Join us as we discover the intriguing story that is unfolding as the Elwha River is restored. In September 2011, the first concrete pieces were removed from two dams on the Elwha River as part of the largest dam removal and the second largest watershed restoration project in US history.

  • $65 for three days, including food, lodging and education
  • 14 clock hours available
  • Families welcome! (Teacher program sessions are available only to teachers.)Register now for February 17-19

    For more information:
    Contact Gillian Hagamen at  or 206-382-6212 ext 13.


    Bring the natural world into your classroom to help teach science, math, and language arts standards.

    Bring the Outside In  (Free)
    Saturday February 25th, 2012  Register now!
    Learn simple strategies for building community, using nature in lessons, and getting your students outdoors.
    Open to any educator, traditional and nontraditional.

    Lessons from the Ocean
    Saturday March 10th, 2012  Register now!
    Use the ocean to teach math, science and language arts skills. Learn a plastics in the ocean activity, more about ocean acidification’s affect on food webs and explore cultural connections to the bay and the ocean.

    Our Changing Climate
    Saturday April 21st, 2012 Register now!
    Learn to teach basic climate science and how to empower your students to take action. Practice teaching the carbon cycle, investigate “garbology” and develop simple student action projects. Content is focused on grades.

    More information

Free Seminar: CA Common Core Standards Assessments & Curriculum

The Alameda Contra Costa Council of Mathematics Educators, ACME, is
pleased to invite you to our fourth FREE seminar on the new CA Common
Core Standards in Mathematics:

When: Saturday, February 11, 2012

Where: Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
Auditorium from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00

Examples of Assessments & Curriculum
for the Common Core Standards
Speaker: David Foster, Executive Director
Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative

Overview: How will the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) affect your teaching
and your students’ learning of mathematics? How might the CCSS
influence state and district assessments? How are the Standards being
addressed and embraced? What innovations in curriculum and assessment
are happening now? This Seminar will address these questions and share
current efforts that embrace the new Core Standard. Learn what you can
and should do.

All educators are welcome to attend. There is no pre-registration and
no charge. Those attending will be admitted free to the Lawrence Hall
of Science and after the Seminar are welcome to view the Hall’s many
wonderful science and math exhibits. Parking is ample–though there is
a cost per hour for parking–carpooling is recommended.

San Francisco Math Circle January 2012 Newsletter

Overview: In this update we have information about the following…

(1) SFMC Begins Again!
The San Francisco Math Circle High School Program begins Monday, January 30th
For more information go to
This program is free to students and teachers.

Additionally we have weekly programs for 2nd/ 3rd graders and 4th/ 5th
graders at SFSU
and monthly programs for teachers at SFSU. Visit our website to learn more.

(2) Bay Area Circle for Teachers 2012 Winter Workshop – January 28th,
Register Now!

(3) Bay Area Julia Robinson Math Festivals – REGISTER NOW!
Berkeley Festival- January 29th

(4) AMC Test Hosted at SFSU – February 22, 2012
Interested in taking AMC 10 or AMC 12? Contact us ASAP to take the
test at SFSU.

Please contact me if you have questions about any of these announcements.
Brandy Wiegers, PhD, San Francisco Math Circle Associate Director


San Francisco Math Circle Begins Again JANUARY 30th
SFMC Meetings are on Mondays throughout San Francisco

Bayside Math Circle Meetings
The Bayview Math Circle will meet at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School
(45 Conkling St.), Room 218. Snacks will begin at 3:45. Class will run
from 4:00 – 5:00.

Mission Math Circle Meetings
The Mission Math Circle will meet at Mission High School (3750 18th St.),
Room 317. Snacks will begin at 3:15. Class will run from 3:30 – 4:30.

Lowell High School Math Circle Meetings.
The Lowell High School Math Circle will meet at Lowell High School
(1101 Eucalyptus Dr.),
Room 272. Snacks will begin at 3:45,  class will run from 4:00–5:00.

Elementary Math Circle Meetings
We will be offering weekly classes for
2nd/ 3rd graders and 4th/ 5th graders at SFSU
on Thursday afternoons. For more information contact us, 

SFMC Teachers’ Circle
We are sponsoring monthly dinner programs for teachers at SFSU on the
1st Tuesday
of the month.
Visit the website to learn more:
Our next Teachers’ Circle on Tuesday, Feb 7, will have Matthias Beck

Keep up-to-date with the latest SFMC News….

- The Calendar for the Math Circle year is found online:

- The website always has the monthly newsletter. To see Jan’s news Click Here:

- Teachers – Download a SFMC flyer for your classroom here:

- Student/ Teacher participation Waiver Available here:

Bay Area Circle for Teachers Winter Workshop – January 28th

Date: Saturday, January 28th, 2011.
Location: UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
More information at our website,

Please join us on January 28 on the UC Berkeley campus for a one-day workshop.
We have sessions by Josh Zucker, Michael Serra, Tatiana Shubin and others!
To learn more visit the website
To register go to and
follow the “register” link.

Lunch is provided. Hope to see you there.

Ted Courant. Director . BACT
* Also, Apply Now for Summer 2012.

Bay Area Julia Robinson Math Festival – Sunday, January 29th.

Designed for those in grades 6 through 12, the Julia Robinson Math
Festival encourages collaboration and creative problem solving and will
appeal to a wide range of students from those in middle school who are
beginning to discover their mathematical aptitude, to the best and
brightest of high school scholars.

You can learn more about the festival at and register as an individual or a
school group by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page or by going
directly to


Brandy Wiegers PhD
San Francisco Math Circle, Associate Director

Day of Emergency: 

Volunteer Opportunities for Sea Lion Bowl

Volunteer Opportunities for the 2012 Sea Lion Bowl
Calling all ocean enthusiasts!  Motivated northern California high
school students need your support to achieve ocean literacy. The Sea
Lion Bowl, a regional competition for the National Ocean Sciences
Bowl, will be hosting about 100 high school students and their coaches
in an all day competition at San Francisco State University on
Saturday, March 3, 2012.  Teams of four students and one alternate
will be coming from schools in many locations around Northern
California to compete.  In order to have the competition run smoothly,
60-70 trained volunteers are needed.

There are a number of volunteer positions:

Moderator reads questions and keeps the competition running smoothly), Science Judge (addresses
any challenges to the content of the questions and answers), Rules
Judge (overseer of competition rules), Score Keeper, Time Keeper,
Runner, Question Graders, Set-up and Clean-up and help during the
training sessions. For information on the different roles for
officials, go to

Potential volunteers should plan to attend at least one session,
ideally including a team practice,to get the best feel for the actual competition.

Training will be provided on the following dates:

Saturday,  February 4 – at the Bay Model,  Sausalito 10am-3pm (team
practice & lunch included),

Thursday,  February 9 – location SFSU – from 6-8 pm,
Location: Trailer P (CSME Annex) – Room P4,

Saturday,  February 18 at SFSU from 10am-3pm (team practice & lunch included),
Location: Trailer P (CSME Annex) – Room P4

To help keep track of everyone who is volunteering we are asking you to please
visit the following website below to sign up for a training date and
volunteer role:

For more information, go to As always, feel
free to contact us if you have questions.

Please Feel Free To Contact:
Brandy Wiegers,
Regional Coordinator

Holly Harris,

Seeking High Level Math Tutors for Non-Profit Work

The Tutor Corps Foundation is looking to hire tutors with immediate slots availabvle in the following location:

  • San Francisco with experience teaching/tutoring ACT
  • After-school availability 2 days per week

Note: Please read full posting before submitting material. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please.

Job Description: Minimum Qualifications for Applicants:

  • Have a B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Commit to working until June 2012 at the minimum
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Have experience working with underserved communities and  at-risk youth
  • Have at least one year of tutoring or teaching experience

Position Overview:

Through the Tutor Corps Foundation, tutors are matched with students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Tutors work as independent contractors and provide tutoring services for students in grades K-12 in a variety of content areas and in learning-related skills such as study strategies, organization, motivation, and confidence.

Your primary responsibility will be the educational development of your students. This includes:

  • Educational assessment and curriculum planning
  • Engaging in focused one-on-one tutoring sessions
  • Communication with students, parents and teachers
  • Managing your own schedule and recording hours billed
  • Writing regular progress reports
  • Participating in quarterly meetings with the Director of Tutor Services


If you are interested in applying please visit our website:

We look forward to hearing from you!

CMSESMC Spring Conference


CMSESMC is the acronym (and a palindrome) for the Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County. This professional grass-roots organization of educators and others interested in science and math education, pre-K through college, represents both public and private institutions within San Mateo County and the greater Bay Area. Its active members meet on a monthly, after school basis, to plan and provide appropriate activities and events that support teachers of math and/or science. CMSESMC is supported by the San Mateo County Office of Education and is affiliated with the CA Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the California Mathematics Council Northern Section.

As a Conference participant, you automatically become a one-year member of CMSESMC through which you can receive, via e-mail, the periodic newsletter and invitations to attend any CMSESMC-related meetings, activities, and events. If you are interested in becoming more involved with CMSESMC, please contact someone at the Conference Registration Area or e-mail April Cherrington We are always seeking active members with exciting ideas!


When you arrive, please come to the Registration Area, located inside the front door. You may register for the Conference on-site, or if you are pre-registered, you may pick up your Conference materials there. Your Conference name tag will serve as your brunch “ticket” so be sure to wear it during the event.

When: March 3, 2012

San Mateo County Office of Education
101 Twin Dolphin drive, Redwood Shores

Register here

Registration Form

If you are a presenter or exhibitor, please check in to let us know you have arrived, and to receive your materials, plus room assignment or exhibit location.

Questions? Please contact Janet Shi at or by calling (650) 802-5355.

Apply to be a MATCH Corps Member

Apply to be a MATCH Corps member for 2012-2013!

The MATCH Corps, a highly selective one-year urban education fellowship, is looking for top-notch seniors who are interested in joining next year’s Corps.  To apply, just fill out this form.

The MATCH Corps program began in 2004 and operates in our three MATCH Schools, all of which are open-admission charter public schools in Boston, MA. The Corps is a group of 135 top recent college graduates who work year round as tutors at our schools, providing one-on-one instruction to six to nine MATCH students each day for an entire academic year.

This full-time service year program is designed to fully close the academic Achievement Gap between minority students and their non-minority peers, one student at a time. Each Corps member works to guarantee the academic success of their students, while also building close personal relationships with them. Corps members also undertake secondary projects working as teaching assistants, administrative assistants, sports coaches, and extracurricular program leaders.

We also offer an optional teacher training program called MATCH Teacher Residency. In MTR, Corps members receive additional training on the weekends with the aim of becoming unusually effective first year teachers in high-poverty schools. Graduates of MTR go on to teach at some of the most highly regarded charter schools in the country and tend to outperform other rookie teachers in the classroom.

To learn more about MATCH 6-12 or the MTR program, watch this video or have a look at our website!

Last but not least, we have some exciting news from here in Boston!  Applications are now available to join the MATCH Corps at our newest school, MATCH Community Day. This school focuses on English Language Learners, and the majority of our students come from families where English is not the primary language of the household.  Since its opening in fall 2010, the school has attracted significant attention on the state level. On November 9th, Governor Deval Patrick stated that “MATCH Community Day is an example of the type of new-era charter school brought online by the Achievement Gap Act, using innovative ways to target English Language learners.  In a school where 85% of students speak another language other than English at home, students are tutored by an elite group of recent college graduates called MATCH Corps.  With a focus on reaching students at a young age and growing partnerships with other charter schools, MATCH Community Day is a grand experiment for us to learn from.”

To learn more about our elementary school, visit our website here.

MSRI Workshop

Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2012: Teacher education in
view of the Common Core
Mar 21, 2012 to Mar 23, 2012

Organizer(s): Dave Auckly, Hyman Bass, Amy Cohen-Corwin, and William McCallum
To apply for funding, you must register by Mon, Mar 05 2012.

The wide adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
(CCSSM) offers a helpful curricular coherence to the environment of
teacher education.  And so the CCSSM present both an opportunity and a
challenge to teacher education.  An opportunity because of the greater
focus made possible.  A challenge because not only of the ambitious
level of the CCSSM, but also of the prominent role in them of
Mathematical Practices.  While most mathematicians will find these
congenial, much needs to be done to make them meaningfully understood
by teachers and teacher educators, and, still more, how to enact them
as an organic aspect of instruction.  The CIME workshop aims to gather
and stimulate ideas for how to meet this opportunity and challenge.

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
17 Gauss Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-5070

Job Opportunity

Overview: One Stop Education Shop is an educational services
organization that provides budget-priced tutoring for schools and
families of any socioeconomic status. We have a great opportunity
to mentor high school students in Pacifica in Algebra starting
the week of January 23rd.

Please send your resume Zubin Koshy at for consideration.