Archive for November, 2011

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

Training will be provided on the following dates:

Orientation: Wednesday, December 7th at SFSU

Location: Trailer P (CSME Annex) – Room P4 from 3:30 – 4:30


Saturday, December 10, 10am-3pm at Romberg Tiburon Center, RTC (team practice included)

* Note that the December 10th training date at RTC has been rescheduled for January, we apologize for this confusion.


Wednesday, January 25 at RTC from 6-8pm

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

Location: Trailer P (CSME Annex) – Room P4

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

For more information, go to

If Interested Please Contact:
Brandy Wiegers
Regional Coordinator

P: (415) 338-7616

F: (415) 338-0572

Holly Harris,

P: (415) 405-0540

Requesting CSME & UGM Volunteers

Dear CSME Fellows and Members,

Have you ever wondered what its like to work with a non-traditional high school? Stop
wondering and volunteer at San Francisco International High School! SFIHS is a SFUSD small school
providing academic, linguistic, and cultural development for immigrant students. The mission of San
Francisco International High School is to enable each of our recent immigrant students to develop the
academic, linguistic, and cultural skills necessary for success in high school, college, and beyond. Our
diverse students develop strong academic English skills through interdisciplinary projects, collaboration,
and actively participating in their community.

As we reach the end of our semester, our students will be working on portfolios and portfolio
presentations. During this process, students are required to write a great deal in English, showcase some
of the work they have done in each class, and present, in English, to a group of students, staff, and
community members. We have had some volunteers in the past who have supported our students by
volunteering their valuable time to read, edit, and help students write their essays.

Once again, we are requesting volunteers to help with our portfolio process. In particular, we are
requesting volunteers from CSME’s pool of future teachers. We are looking for classroom volunteers on
12/6 – 12/9, and 12/12-12/13 between 8:00 am and 3:10 pm (12/7 8:00-1:30). Volunteers will support
students in preparing their portfolios, which involves helping students organize and write portfolio
essays, and listening to students rehearse presentations. Specific help may include working with
individual students to write and/or edit drafts of a personal reflection or college essay, or working with
students on pronunciation and delivery as they practice their presentations. Additionally, if you know
somebody who may have time to volunteer, please connect him/her with our school.

We would also like to invite you to be part of an audience during the presentations on 12/14 and/
or 12/15. Seeing the students present in English is an incredible experience, and we hope that you can
join us as we celebrate our students’ on these days.

If you are available to volunteer (bilingual volunteers especially requested) for portfolio
preparation support any time during the school days of 12/6 – 12/13, please contact Amanda Chui
(CSME alumnus) at, and she will help connect you with a classroom. If there
are specific students whose presentations you would like to see, please let us know, so we can let you
know when those students are presenting.

Thank you,
SFIHS Teachers and Staff
San Francisco International High School
1050 York Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Seeking Tutors!

Overview: Buckley Tutors! seeks individuals who are experts in their academic discipline. At the Buckley Education Center, our staff works with students on a range of subjects teaching them the essential skills necessary for academic success. Our process is holistic in nature and we are known for our individualized curriculum.  Salary is $15-25, depending on education and experience.

We work with students on the following:

  • Academic proficiency and foundational knowledge in all subjects, grades K-12
  • Test Preparation for the following:
  • College placement exams- SAT I, SAT II, ACT, AP Exams
  • High school  placement exams- HSPT, SSAT, ISEE

If you are interested in joining our Academic Support Team, email your cover letter and resume to

Seeking Coordinator, Early Learning (Pre K-3rd grade)

Position: Coordinator, Early Learning (Pre K-3rd grade)

Location: San Mateo County Office of Education

Work Year: 230 days (Position funded for one year, pro-rated to start date)

Start Date: November 15, 2011 (negotiable)

Salary Range: $92,112 – $115,200

Benefits: Employee medical benefits, employee dental benefits, life insurance; other benefit options available

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the STEM Director and the Curriculum Services Administrator, plan, organize, coordinate and implement the educational services, training activities, instructional resources and support functions for local school districts to enhance student learning and achievement in mathematics in grades Pre K-3rd grade; provide consultation and professional development activities to administrators, staff and faculty to enhance the educational effectiveness of mathematics instruction as it relates to Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM).

Required Qualifications:

Education & Experience:

§ Valid Administrative Services Credential or willingness to enroll in an administration credential program

§    Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

§ Five or more years of Pre K-3 primary teaching experience

§ A Master’s Degree in education or related field

§ Valid California Teaching credential

Licenses & Other Requirements:

§ Valid California Driver’s license

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

§ Plan, organize, coordinate and implement the educational services, training activities and instructional resources of the STEM subjects with an emphasis on mathematics for local school districts;

  • Provide consultation and technical assistance to school districts, faculty, administrators, staff and others concerning educational services;
  • Plan, design and implement training and professional development activities;
  • Coordinate activities and provide training and assistance to enhance faculty and administrative skills and understanding related to educational practices;
  • Serve as a liaison and coordinate communications, activities and information between County Office administrators, personnel, school districts, outside organizations, governmental agencies and the public;
  • Develop and implement strategies and training activities to enhance educational effectiveness and student learning, Pre-K-3, in mathematics (STEM);
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel;
  • Assist in the development and preparation of annual preliminary budgets; review and evaluate budgetary and financial data;
  • Participate in researching, obtaining and maintaining grants and other funding sources; prepare proposals and assist with developing and maintaining contracts as required;
  • Compile, review and analyze a variety of technical data and information related to instructional area; prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports;
  • Drive a vehicle to conduct work; visit sites and classrooms to monitor educational activities;
  • Attend and participate in a variety of meetings, task forces, seminars, in-services and conferences as directed;
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Best practices in providing in closing the achievement gap and promoting equitable programs and practices for all students.
  • Principles, theories, standards, practices, strategies and procedures involved in enhancing student learning and achievement.
  • Practices, procedures and techniques involved in the development and implementation of professional development activities.
  • Curriculum standards, interpretation and application in assigned subject or instructional area.
  • Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of County students.
  • Basic budget preparation and control.
  • Local, State and federal standards and requirements governing assigned subject or instructional area.
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Public speaking techniques.
  • Operation of a variety of office equipment including computers projectors and assigned software.

Skills and Ability to:

  • Provide consultation and technical assistance concerning assigned subject or instructional area.
  • Design, develop, implement and conduct training and professional development.
  • Facilitate groups in planning, problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Collaborate successfully with diverse groups.
  • Prepare and deliver oral presentations.
  • Coordinate activities to enhance faculty and administrative understanding of educational practices, curriculum standards and instructional strategies.
  • Interpret, apply and explain laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Meet schedules and time lines.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Prepare and maintain various records, reports and files.
  • Operation of a variety of office equipment including computers, projectors and assigned software.

Working Conditions:


§ Indoor and outdoor work environment

§ Driving a vehicle to conduct work

Physical Demands:

§ Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard

§ Seeing to read a variety of materials

§ Sitting for extended periods of time

§ Hearing and speaking to exchange information

Application Information & Selection Process:

§ Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed, evaluated, and considered for an interview.

§ Meeting the minimum qualifications does not assure the candidate an interview.

§ Reference checks will be conducted for finalists.

§ The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) reserves the right to contact former, current, the most recent employers, and others to investigate past employment records of applicants.

§ All materials in the applicant’s file become SMCOE property, will not be returned, and will be considered for this vacancy only; SMCOE may re-advertise, delay, choose not to fill the position, or choose to fill more than one position.

Procedure for Applying:

§ Apply online at EDJOIN at

§ A complete application package consists of an application, a cover letter, a resume, and three recent letters of recommendation within the last year. All items must be received prior to the closing date in order to receive consideration for an interview. Incomplete or late documents will not receive consideration.


Rona Jawetz, Manager, Human Resources

Telephone: (650) 802-5385 or (650) 802-5480 for TDD Fax: (650) 802-5388

The San Mateo County Office of Education provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons. The recruitment, screening, and hiring of all personnel will be without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability.