Archive for October, 2011

SFMC Teachers’ Circle Dinner (With Mathemagician Art Benjamin)

Overview: On November 1 Art Benjamin will present Mathmagic at the second meeting of the monthly of the San Francisco Math Teachers’ Circle program. At the November 1st event you can expect to see one of the world fastest calculators and more secrets of mental math.

SFMC is sponsoring monthly dinners with an engaging speaker to support a growing professional learning community that builds of the strong community and educational foundations of SFMC.

Join SFMC Teachers’ Circle today!!

Where: SF State Campus HSS 285

When: Tuesday, November 1st 6:00-9:00 PM (please note time change)

Dinner provided, please RSVP to ensure we have enough food.


Contact Brandy Wiegers

415-338-7616, 530-220-0324 (Day of)

Upcoming BASF including Nov 1 SFMC Teachers’ Circle – Register now!

The November SFMC Teachers’ Circle will be held on Tuesday, Nov 1.

Who Will Participate? Bay Area Math Teachers – Please Register
Register here:
What?  On November 1 Art Benjamin will present Mathmagic at the second
meeting of the monthly San Francisco Math Teachers’ Circle program.
In this new program, just for teachers, SFMC will be sponsoring monthly
dinners with an engaging Math Circle speaker. This will support a growing
professional learning community that builds off the strong community and
educational foundations of the SFMC.  At the November 1 event you can
expect to see one of the world fastest calculators and more secrets of
mental math.

Where? SF State Campus , HSS 285 (
When: Tuesday, November 1. 6:00-9:00pm (please note time change)
Who to Contact: Brandy Wiegers, , .
(day of)

More Bay Area Science Festival events…
From Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, the first-ever Bay Area Science Festival will
feature over 100 fun, interactive science
and technology events at local venues all across the Bay Area – with a
majority of the events being free.
With provocative lectures, hands-on activities, exhibitions, tours of
cutting-edge facilities, guided hikes
and neighborhood star-gazing - there will be something for everyone.
The Festival culminates on Sunday,
Nov. 6 with Discovery Day at AT&T Park, a free science celebration
with over 100 hands-on exhibits and activities.
Created by the Bay Area’s science, educational, and cultural
institutions and organized by the University of
California-San Francisco (UCSF), this ambitious initiative will
provide accessible science programming to
every Bay Area resident. By putting science at everyone’s fingertips,
we hope to engage our community
in its wonders and inspire the next generation of scientists and
engineers. Are you ready to unleash your
inner scientist?

For a full description and extensive schedule of events and activities, see:

Here are the events I was discussing that may be of interest to you
and your students.
Weds Nov 2, Contact,
Weds Nov 2, Ask a Scientist Trivia Night,
Saturday Nov 5, Star Party,
Sunday Nov 6,  AT&T Park Science,

Discovery Days at AT&T Park
AT&T Park will become a science wonderland when the Bay Area Science
concludes with this FREE science extravaganza on Sunday November 6th.
The event showcases the intrigue and pure fun of science with a
non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and
shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. Over 170 exhibits will
overwhelm AT&T Park – are you ready to unleash your inner scientist?

Keep visiting this page for an updated map & performance schedule.

The Physics Circus with Zeke Kossover
The Physics Chanteuse
Radio Disney – Science Rocks
Andrew Fraknoi – Why Pluto was Kicked out of the Planet Club
Physics of Baseball

Here are just a few of the over 150 wonderful activities planned:
(please also see side bar)

Cabbage Juice Chemistry
Forensic Science
Dissection Activities
Learn about your senses
Physics of Sports
When Your World Rocks!
Put your fitness to the test and get your body assessed!
Insect Discovery Lab
Who lived here before the Giants?
Shake your House Down
The Art of Nanotechnology
Shark Tent
Wetlands in the Delta
Astronmy Bonanza

When: Sunday November 6th, 11AM-4 PM
Rain or Shine!

We encourage everyone to take mass transit to AT&T Park. The park is
serviced by Caltrain, MUNI, and BART. For complete directions
including parking information, please visit AT&T Park Website.

10 More Guests Needed For “7 Live” TV Shoot

Overview: The Bay Area is a place full of opinionated, smart people and 7Live reflects that attitude. We take an unconventional look at the news that has people talking including tech, pop culture, entertainment and politics. 7Live engages viewers in real-time, candid conversations about the people and things making news.

We’re half-way there for our studio audience participants to promote the Bay Area Science Festival on this coming Monday’s “7 Live” show on KGO TV. However, I still need 10 participants. If you have anyone would like to be part of our live TV audience please email me ASAP with their contact info.
More info about the show:

When: Monday October 31, 2011 2pm -4pm

Contact Information
David Perry
Flood Building
870 Market Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94102-3008


Whose Curriculum Is It Anyway?

Teachers often have remarkable latitude for how to present their content, even when they are constrained by standards or other requirements.  How do teachers decide what to include? When? Who decides how different topics are connected to each other, and by what rationale?  Join the CSME Teacher Fellowship as we explore the options for teachers in the science classroom. Attendees will participate in an exercise to plan and manage a sample lesson. You will reflect on the intent of your lessons, time put in and approaches to expand future lessons.

Presented By: Alton Lee – Chemistry/Biotechnology Teacher – Mission High School

Alton entered the UC Berkeley’s Master’s and Credential Program in Science and Math Education (MACSME) in August 2005, finishing with an MA in Science Education and a single-subject teaching credential in Science: Chemistry in May 2007. MACSME is a full-time, 4-semester credential program that integrates research/theoretical coursework with 2.5 semesters of student teaching. During those two years, Alton Lee also participated in a large-scale research project looking at how to engage teachers in meaningful professional development around online curriculum materials-, which was the basis of his master’s project. After finishing his credential program, Alton Lee added on authorization onto his original credential based on what he was teaching. Using his undergraduate majors of Molecular/Cell Biology and Psychology, Alton Lee was able to add on authorizations for Biological Sciences and for Psychology.

When: Friday Nov. 4th from 4-6PM Trailer P (CSME ANNEX)

FREE to Attend * DINNER Provided* RSVP in SCI 211 or e-mail


The Teacher Fellowship Program is still looking for applicants! More details in SCI 211 or at

Huckleberry Wellness Academy Seeking Experienced Tutors

Huckleberry Youth Programs (HYP) is a critical provider of essential safety net services for high-needs youth and their families in San Francisco and Marin County. For over 40 years, HYP has developed and maintained prevention programs that promote the health and leadership of youth, and, as a result, divert youth from violence, crime and gang involvement, as well as other harmful behaviors, including running away, drug/alcohol abuse, risky sexual activities, and involvement in the juvenile justice system.   One of the programs we offer is the Huckleberry Wellness Academy Program. This is a program that recruits underperforming, high-potential, first generation college-bound SFUSD youth who are interested in health careers. The students in our program begin in their sophomore year of high school and are supported through their first year of college. A critical piece of our programming is tutoring. In order to maintain a high GPA and a challenging course load that will make them competitive for college admissions, Wellness Academy students rely on additional tutoring and assistance with homework.

The Huckleberry Wellness Academy is seeking several highly skilled math/science tutors for the current school year. We are looking for individuals with a high level of mastery in high school level math, science, SAT preparation, and/or college essay writing. Applicants must have previous tutoring/teaching experience. We also have a need for tutors who have experience working with students with learning difficulties; applicants with this type of experience will be given preference. Tutors will meet with students individually or in small groups during after school hours onsite at our Haight-Ashbury location in San Francisco. These tutors need to be available to work one or two weekdays for up to 4 hours per week, between the hours of 2:00pm and 6:00pm. There is also the potential for additional hours and varied scheduling in the area of SAT preparation.
For more information about our program, please visit out our website:

Compensation will be $15-$25 per hour, commensurate with experience. This project starts as soon as possible and is expected to complete at the end of the 2011-2012 SFUSD school year. Qualified candidates must be pass a criminal background check, have previous tutoring experience and possess a high level of mastery in high school level math, science, SAT preparation and/or college essay writing.
Huckleberry Youth Programs is committed to workforce diversity.  Qualified applicants will receive full consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin.

If interested in the position, please send resume and cover letter to F. Landin, Director of Human Resources, Huckleberry Youth Program, 3310 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA  94118, fax 415-668-0631, or e-mail . On the cover letter please include a list that includes a list of subjects you would feel comfortable tutoring, your afternoon availability and three professional references, including at least one that can speak specifically to your effectiveness as a tutor.

Interested in Climate Change Research?

The Climate Change Scholars program’s goals are to:

  • Increase the numbers of students completing Bachelor’s degree programs in fields related to climate change studies, overall and specifically from underrepresented groups.
  • Enrich the educational experience of GEO-relevant majors.
  • Increase the interest in climate change science across the whole College of Science and Engineering and campus overall.
  • Strengthen and develop student support programs for GEO-relevant majors.

Benefits of The Program Include:

  • Tuition paid every semester (Currently $3138.00 per semester) for up to two semesters
  • Participation in genuine climate change research on campus
  • Membership in a special community of scholars connected to the research world of Climate Change
  • Opportunities to enroll in academic support courses or tutoring
  • Opportunities to participate in summer internships teaching science or participating in scientific organizations
Fellowship Requirements

  • Particpation in climate change research for 8 hours a week
  • Enrollment in a Climate Change Scholars seminar series
  • 1-2 semester meetings with a scholarship advisor
For more information about the CSME Climate Change Scholars Program please contact Jamie Chan at
Application Deadline: Friday November 18th 2011
Applicant Interviews commence the week of November 28th 2011
Download Application Here

Call For Applicants: KSTF 2012 Teaching Fellowships

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation was established by Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles to cultivate and support exemplary science and mathematics high school teachers and develop the next generation of leaders in education. if you are, a Teaching Fellowship  from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) could change your world.

KSTF supports passionate, dedicated teachers to thrive in the profession, lead from the classroom and become change agents in education. The five-year fellowship is one of the most generous and comprehensive in the nation, providing tuition assistance, monthly stipends, cohesive and comprehensive professional development, and access to a close, collaborative community of like-minded colleagues.

If you are passionate about teaching high school math and science and dedicated to challenging and supporting all students, the KSTF Teaching Fellowship could help you succeed in ways you’ve never imagined.

Apply online:

CARP Seeking Math Tutors

Job Description:

Provide tutoring services for students in the following Math courses: MATH 109, MATH 124, MATH 226, MATH 227 (MATH 325- Linear Algebra is a plus) and college level algebra.

Facilitate tutorial sessions with individual students or small groups.

Prepare and present workshops or projects.


Applicant must:

Be a SF State student.

Have passed the courses (described above) with a grade of B or better.

Have an overall 3.0 GPA or better.

Be patient and willing to support students.

Be able to empathically and interactively communicate with others.

Be able to analyze problems logically and explain explicitly.

Be able to speak in front of large audiences (10 to 40 people).

Be available to tutor a minimum of 12 hours during CARP’s operation hours: M-TH 4pm- 8pm and F 11am – 2pm

-International students must refer to SF State’s policies for hiring international students.

Application Instructions:

Submit a cover letter, a resume, and unofficial college transcripts from all institutions you have attended.

Please submit your application packet in person at HSS 346 or via email to

Please additionally fill out the Student Work Availability Form located in the following link:

Please note, while the hiring committee is interested in previous work experience, it requests that resumes clearly articulate skills relevant to the successful execution of the Math Tutor position.

SF State Noyce Fellowship

Overview: The Robert Noyce Scholars program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program to provide scholarships to students who are committed to teaching science or mathematics in high need school districts upon the completion of a single subject credential program. The main goal of the program is to increase the number of teachers with strong science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) content knowledge in high need school districts. The CSME Noyce Fellowship Program will offer scholarship support for up to three academic years to each qualified participant.


  • up to $10,000 awarded each academic year from 2011-2012 through 2013-2014.
  • Support and advising through the CSME Teacher Fellows program
  • Funding to attend one science or math education conference a year.
  • Participation in summer internships with community colleges to help recruit and increase the profile of STEM teaching pathways.

Scholarships will be awarded to students entering their junior year, senior year, or credential year at SF State. Applicants should be majoring or have majored in a science, math, or engineering field and demonstrate aptitude in science coursework. Noyce Fellows who receive their award as undergraduates can complete their teaching credential at SF State or at any other higher education institution that grants teaching credentials.

For more information about the CSME Noyce Fellowship Program please contact Jamie Chan at or check out

Scholarships Fall 2011 Apply Now

Jessie F. L. York Scholarship Award  $1,000

This scholarship was endowed by the family to honor Jessie York. An alumna of San Francisco State University, Jessie York’s professional career as a mathematics teacher encouraged women to enter the field of mathematics. This scholarship in the spirit of Jessie York, will be awarded to an undergraduate mathematics major so as to further this goal.

The Mathematics Bridge Scholarship Award $1,000

This award was created and endowed by the Mathematics Department and other donors to encourage mathematics careers among groups historically underrepresented in mathematics. It will be awarded to an undergraduate mathematics major so as to further this goal.

Lawrence Chang Memorial Scholarship Award $1,000

Lawrence Change graduated from San Francisco State in 1968 and received his Ph.D in Mathematics from UC Berkeley in 1972. Blind from early childhood, he pursued a teaching and research career until his death in 1983 at the age of 39. The family of Lawrence Chang and the Mathematics Department endows this award to a graduate mathematics student whose academic career exemplifies Dr. Chang’s commitment to excellence in mathematics.

Sergio Martins Scholarship $1,000

The Sergio Martins Scholarship was established in 1996 by John Metzger, President of Western States Life Insurance Company in memory of Sergio Martins, a valued employee of the company, who had taught high school mathematics in Africa before coming to the U.S. The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student.

Milowski Scholarship $3,369

Alex Milowski is an SFSU Math Dept. alum who graduated with his Master of Arts in 2004. Alex’s commitment to the field of mathematics and his support of student access to education compelled him to make this scholarship available to one first year graduate student. Alex would like to help students continue their education and overcome the obstacle of the rising cost of tuition, therefore had pledged one semester of tuition for a promising student.

The criteria for these awards are achievement, promise and motivation in mathematics. Applications for these awards are available in the Mathematics Department (TH 937) and are to be returned to the Department by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 4, 2011.

Application available here: ScholarshipsFall11_Applications