Archive for March, 2013

Summer Institute for Teachers at Exploratorium

The Exploratorium Teacher Institute offers a summer professional development program for middle school and high school science and mathematics teachers. Since 1984, we’ve provided summer institutes on a variety of secondary science and mathematics topics for teachers new to the Exploratorium. Our institutes support the content and pedagogy described in the National Science Education Standards and the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. After completing one of these professional development institutes, you become an alumnus of the Teacher Institute and are eligible to attend alumni institutes and workshops. The Learning Commons (our library and information hub) also becomes available for project research.

Applications for the 2013 Summer Institute are now available. The dates for the Summer Institute are Monday, June 24, to Friday, July 12 (9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.). There will be NO CLASS on July 4.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2013

More information here.

CSME Teacher Fellowship Workshop 3.15.13

Find The Scientific Model In You!

Presented by Alton Lee (Mission High School) Jesse Tsai (Noyce Science Scholar), Mia Hiles (Noyce Science Scholar).

Explore scientific modeling  in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  Participants will cover a broad range of scientific phenomena through the physical exercise of our bodies! Come have fun with us in moving about and exploring the many benefits of  kinesthetic modes of learning.

Topics covered:  Physics, Astronomy (orbits and periods), Chemistry (Molecular Gastronomy) and Biology (Molecular enzymes and substrates).

Friday March 15th 2013
Trailer P/CSME Annex Rm 4
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Dinner will be provided

RSVP Online at

Cal Teach Student Advisor Position

UC Berkeley is seeking a full-time Student Advisor for Cal Teach Berkeley, an undergraduate teacher preparation program that allows science, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors to explore K-12 teaching as a career and supports them in obtaining their secondary science or math teaching credential. (Job Title: Student Services Advisor 3)

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Cal Teach Student Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Advising prospective, new, continuing and transfer students about the Cal Teach program, including enrolling in Cal Teach courses, completing prerequisites, declaring a Cal Teach minor, applying for the credential program, participating in summer opportunities and study abroad programs, and sharing information about teaching credential options, scholarships and requirements
  • Matching students in Cal Teach courses for their field placements with mentor teachers in local K-12 schools, and overseeing the field placement experience and its integration with Cal Teach courses
  • Counseling students on careers in K-12 science and math teaching, and supporting students to secure teaching jobs in California public schools
  • Recruiting new students to the program and supporting interested students to continue taking courses in the Cal Teach minor sequence
  • Creating, implementing and updating a marketing and outreach strategic plan
  • Coordinating the admissions process for the credential program and supporting students to submit required documentation for the credential
  • Scheduling courses and sharing Cal Teach and campus-wide policies with Cal Teach faculty
  • Planning and coordinating events, including orientations, receptions and a variety of informational workshops
  • Collecting, archiving and analyzing student records and survey responses, e.g. for making projections for future program needs, for accreditation with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and for continual program improvement
  • Representing Cal Teach at professional meetings and conferences

The Cal Teach Student Advisor will work with the Cal Teach Program Director, Project Manager, administrative assistant, and other Cal Teach faculty and staff to fulfill the student advisor duties and responsibilities.

Qualifications:  The successful applicant will have the following:

  • Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques
  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training (science, math, engineering, or education degree preferred but not required)
  • Ability in problem identification, developing original ideas, reasoning, problem solving and organizing strategic plans
  • Skills in judgment and decision-making, and identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, and the ability to multi-task and balance competing priorities
  • Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of University-specific computer application programs preferred, as well as knowledge of University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment
  • Experience with K-12 education and Bay area public schools preferred

Application: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  The position is currently funded for up to 2 years; extension of the appointment beyond that date is possible based upon funding. Salary range is $42,000 to $55,000, depending upon experience.  The University of California is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To apply, please visit the link below or contact Elisa Stone, Executive Director at or by calling 510-642-6965.

$2500 plus Scholarship Award!!

What’s your major? We are happy to annouce the new Great Lakes National Scholarship. If you are a college student majoring in science, technology, engineering or math, then you may be eligible to apply! Our scholarship can help you reach your goal of earning a degree in a STEM discipline—science, technology, engineering, or math if you will be enrolled as a full time student, have a minimum GPA of 2.75, are a U.S citizen or permanent resident, and have demonstrated financial need. Scholarship applications will be accepted through May 11, 2012, or until we receive 20,000 applications. Up to 750 awards will be granted. Finalists will be notified by June 1, 2012. Apply online by visiting the following link and good luck!