Archive for September, 2009

MSTI Afterschool Enrichment Internships

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MSTI Afterschool Enrichment Internship

The MSTI Afterschool Enrichment Internship is offered in collaboration with Children’s Empowerment, Inc. (CEI). CEI is a non-profit corporation that provides in-school and after-school academic programs to at-risk middle and high school grade students in Daly City, California. The MSTI Afterschool Enrichment Internship allows SFSU students to teach in these afterschool programs.  Students are eligible to apply if they are a current MSTI Fellow or Member. Awardees will be given $1500 per semester, to work in one of three Daly City middle schools. Interns will design and deliver hands-on, inquiry-based activities in math or science to children in their regular afterschool programming.

Qualifications: Applicants should be able to commute to the school site and work between the weekday hours of 3-6 PM. Some experience working with middle school aged children is desirable. Internship awards are based on merit and are not dependent upon financial aid status. Awardees will be notified by E-mail.

The three school site locations are:

Thomas R. Pollicita Middle School
550 E. Market Street
Daly City, CA 94014

Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School
700 Stewart Avenue
Colma, CA 94015

Robertson Intermediate School
One Martin Street
Daly City, CA 94014

Expectations: Interns will be assigned to one school site per semester. Interns will instruct for 2 hours a week for approximately 10 weeks. Hours will be documented and supervised by MSTI Staff. Interns will submit weekly reflections to MSTI Program Director. MSTI and CEI staff will be available to help develop lesson plans.

To apply, DOWNLOAD and complete the application form and supporting materials and return these to SCIENCE BUILDING Room 211

START DATE: Week of OCT 12th

Have questions or need help with your application? Want to become a MSTI member? It’s Free to Join! Contact Jamie Chan, MSTI Program Director, Ph: 415-405-4047; E-mail:

Congrats National Professional Development Awardees

Congratulations to the following MSTI students who received the $500 Bay Area National Professional Development Stipend….

NPD awardees

Jupei Hsiao, Helen Lee, Erin Pikula, Genovefa Pinnick, Juliana Ron, Michelle Wen, Laura Cooper, Paul Fox, Emily McCullough, Marilyn Ong and Robert Pablo-Hoshino

Stipend recipients will develop and deliver a math or science curriculum to teach middle or high school English Language Learners in Fall 2009.

CSME Newsletter 09/24/09

MSTI Community Meeting Friday Oct. 2nd 4-6PM

Interested in becoming a middle/high school Mathematics or Science teacher? Want to learn some hands-on, minds-on teaching techniques for your future classroom?

Attend the Math & Science Teacher Initiative(MSTI) Community Meeting…


Guest Speaker and Instructor:
Philip Gonsalves

Philip Gonsalves is a Mathematics Coordinator at the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE). He has been teaching mathematics at California State University, East Bay since 1986 and is also a former Oakland public middle school teacher. Philip is the Executive Director of the Alameda County Collaborative for Learning and Instruction in Mathematics (ACCLAIM) and Co-Director of the Mathematics Development Center @ ACOE, which provides direct support, professional development and coaching to over 30 districts throughout California.

Participants will learn how to effectively implement current K-12 mathematics education research into daily classroom practice. The “research-into-practice” will include strategies for developing relational thinking, effective use of alternative algorithms, and developing connections within and through mathematics. This workshop is accessible to all levels of mathematics backgrounds!

Friday Oct. 2nd from 4-6PM HH 245
FREE to Attend * Food & Drink * Space is Limited so RSVP Today!
RSVP by E-mail to

Volunteer Opportunities

Willard Middle School Looking for Tutors and TAs
Willard Phoenix Rising provides a wide range of enrichment opportunities to Willard Middle School students.  They have a wide range of opportunities available — tutoring students, teaching or assisting with all sorts of enrichment classes, leading or assisting with youth groups, coaching or scorekeeping for sports, etc.  Programs run from 3-6pm M, Tu, Th & F, and from 2-6pm on Wednesdays. Contact Zoey Zotigh, Coordinator  Phone:  (510) 644-6557


The College of Science and Engineering offers exclusive  scholarships for students in all departments: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy. Award amounts range from $1,000 – $2,500 per student!  Download applications here. If you have any questions contact .



CSTA is pleased to announce that, through the generosity of a grant provided by Northrop Grumman, they will be offering seven (7) new teachers a scholarship to attend the 2009 California Science Education Conference in Palm Springs. The applicant criteria details of the scholarship and application form are provided below. CSTA asks the favor of sharing this information with your networks in order to get the information out to those science teachers that may be eligible for this scholarship.

Applicant Criteria:
-> Science teacher in a diverse student population elementary or middle school.
-> Science teacher in their first five years of teaching.
-> Teacher has received approval to be absent from the classroom on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, 2009 for purposes of attending the conference.

Scholarship will cover the following expenses:
-> Full conference registration
-> Three nights hotel accommodation
-> One year membership in CSTA
-> Up to $100 in travel expenses

Application Deadline: October 9, 2009
California Science Education Conference
Palm Springs, October 22 – 25 for the 2009
For Full Details Click Here to Download Application Form

UC Irvine has developed free online classes for CSET test preparation – See for these classes.  They have all the math ones completed and are now
working on science.

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Seeking: Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education, San Francisco State University


San Francisco State University has created a Center for Science and Mathematics Education to recruit and support new science and mathematics teachers, foster educational research, and develop a K-18+ community of educators. We invite applications from visionary individuals for the position of Director.

The Director of the Center will:
> manage the day-to-day operations of the Center, including budget administration and staff supervision;
> coordinate and supervise the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Center activities;
> cultivate relationships among Center participants, partners and stakeholders;
> work to secure external funding to supplement the Center’s budget;
> collaborate with the faculty to accomplish the Center’s goals; and
> provide innovative leadership to advance the work of the Center.

Candidates should have a PhD in math, science, or math or science education, and a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible administrative experience with educational programs, including experience working with K-12 education systems. In addition, candidates should have excellent organizational, supervisory, leadership, management, and interpersonal skills; effective oral and written communication skills; and good computer skills. Other desirable qualifications include experience in teaching, writing proposals, publishing, developing curricula, assessing programs, administering budgets, and working with diverse groups of people.

The position is a full-time, non-faculty, management position. The Director will report to the Dean of the College of Science & Engineering. Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes excellent health and retirement benefits.

Applicants should send a cover letter, detailed resume, a letter of intent detailing your goals and aspirations for the position, and contact information for a minimum of three references to: CSME Director Search Committee, College of Science & Engineering, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132.

Review of applications will begin on 2 November 2009. The position will remain open until filled; the starting date is flexible.

San Francisco State University, a campus of the California State University system, is located in San Francisco and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. SFSU is an Equal Opportunity/American with Disabilities Act employer and has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity. More information about the Center for Science and Mathematics Education is available at

For further information, contact Sheldon Axler, Dean of the College of Science & Enginneering, at or 415-338-1571.