Archive for September, 2012

Asian Pacific Community Fund – Verizon Scholarship Awards Program

Kelli Kosaka is the Scholarship Program Intern for the Asian Pacific Community Fund, a network of 29 community organizations focused on transforming the lives of Asian and Pacific Islanders throughout Los Angeles County. Through a partnership with Verizon, we are offering $10,000 in scholarships to 2nd year college students. The scholarship application along with other information can be found in the link attached:

The second cycle of this scholarship program offers 5 – $2,000 awards for 2nd year college students who are attending a 4-year, accredited college/university in California, Oregon, or Washington, or are a resident of those states. Scholarships are open to students majoring in math, sciences, engineering, or a related field. The deadline for the 2nd cycle is October 31, 2012. Please forward this email to interested students and all appropriate listservs. And if possible, please post on your department/college webpage and office. An informational flyer with specific requirements is available here: Announcement Flyer

Please feel free to contact Kelli at or if you have any questions or would like additional information. Thank you for your time and interest!

San Francisco Teacher Residency

The San Francisco Teacher Residency is recruiting aspiring teachers in critical subject areas. We are looking for future math, science, bilingual, and elementary education teachers who are committed to teaching in an urban setting.

San Francisco Teacher Residency (SFTR) is recruiting talented college graduates, career changers, and community members of all ages.  The program will give candidates the tools to make an immediate impact in the classrooms of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).  Combining a yearlong classroom  apprenticeship with targeted master’s level coursework, the program offers much more than just an affordable route into teaching. SFTR provides Teacher Residents with the practical learning, hands-on experience, and ongoing support essential for successful careers in teaching.

What You Get By Joining SFTR

  • A Master’s degree from University of San Francisco or Stanford University at reduced cost.
  • A CA Teaching Credential
  • An $12,100 stipend for living expenses
  • An AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 for those eligible
  • A great transformative career making a difference in the lives of students
  • A network of colleagues dedicated to student excellence

Who Are We?

The San Francisco Teacher Residency is a partnership between the Community Initiative, San Francisco Unified School District, University of San Francisco, Stanford University, and United Educators of San Francisco. All partners are committed to improving the quality of training for teaching in San Francisco’s hardest to staff schools and subjects.

What is the San Francisco Teacher Residency?

SFTR is a program designed to provide teaching candidates with a:

  • Yearlong classroom apprenticeship with a master teacher
  • Rigorous, aligned coursework
  • Focus on the San Francisco context
  • Collaborative learning environment

The program’s unique blend of theory and practice, combined with an emphasis on collaborative learning and peer support, gives Residents a strong, field-tested foundation for success in the urban classroom. By the time SFTR graduates become the teachers of record in a SFUSD classroom, they will have gained valuable teaching experience, an understanding of the challenges that lie ahead, and an ever-expanding support network of fellow educators to lean on for support and advice.

An Affordable Route into Teaching

Upon admission to SFTR, Residents will be eligible for reduced tuition at the University of San Francisco’s School of Education. To help with living expenses during their yearlong preparation, SFTR provides a $12,100 stipend and eligibility for health care benefits, made available through AmeriCorps.  Upon successful program completion, residents will also be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award, which can be applied to the cost of the master’s degree.

At the end of the residency year, graduates earn a California Preliminary Teaching Credential and coursework leading to a master’s degree in education, which can be completed in a total of eighteen months. Upon successful completion of the residency, candidates commit to teaching in one of San Francisco’s hard to staff schools or subjects for a minimum of three years.


SFTR seeks strong candidates who are committed to teaching in urban public schools in math, science and bilingual literacy.

To be eligible to apply, candidates must:

  • Hold a Bachelors degree from an accredited university
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Pass and submit scores from the CBEST and CSET by set dates (see below)
  • Apply and be admitted into University of San Francisco School of Education’s Preliminary California Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential program with M.A. degree (MAT) for the 2013-2014 school year or
  • Apply and be admitted into Stanford School of Education’s Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) for the 2013-2014 school year
  • Please note, applicants MUST be seeking a secondary math or science, Spanish bilingual (single or multiple subjects) credential for consideration of SFTR. Space will be limited for candidates for the elementary multiple subjects credential.
  • Meet the admissions requirements for the San Francisco Teacher Residency and complete the supplemental application online at

More information

To learn more about the San Francisco Teacher Residency program and application process please visit our website at http: or contact us at .

Iron Science Teacher

Save the date for the NOVA “Iron Science Teacher” competition!
On Saturday, September 22, cheer on the competitors in this zany science cook-off, where teachers compete before a live audience at the Exploratorium for the sought-after title, “Iron Science Teacher” as they devise classroom activities using a particular ingredient. The Exploratorium is teaming up with NOVA to present a special presentation based on NOVA’s “Hunting the Elements” program.

But you don’t have to be at the Exploratorium to participate! Join our facebook event to watch the live broadcast. Then submit an idea for your own “iron science”  activity for the classroom!

Chemistry teaching position at Novato High School available now!

Ray Mayoral, the principal of Novato HighSchool, is looking for someone to teach 5 sections of high school Chemistry, 3 regular sections and 2 honors sections.  If you are appointed, you will be able to get a waiver for a teaching credential given that they need someone now.  If you know of anyone who would be interested, please forward this message to them and call Ray directly at 415-305-9276.