Archive for February, 2013

SAT mentors needed!

CollegeSpring – California’s largest non-profit providing SAT prep and college-readiness services to students from low-income backgrounds - is looking for mentors in San Francisco! If you are still looking for a job that gives you the chance to make a difference, as well as build leadership and communication skills, consider being a mentor with CollegeSpring this upcoming spring semester!

CollegeSpring mentors work with small groups of high school students, reviewing SAT material and sharing their own college experience. On average, our students see an improvement of 176 points on the SAT, making them more competitive candidates when applying to universities. Many of our students will be the first in their families to attend college. As a mentor, you can play a powerful role in your students’ lives by sharing your own insight into the college application process, financial aid, and choosing a school.

Help us make potential possible! Mentor sessions are beginning now, and the number of positions available are limited, so apply ASAP! Work 4 to 6 hours per week, and get paid $10.55 an hour. For more information, and instructions to apply, please see our website. Feel free to contact Melissa Speener, Bay Area Programs Associate, with any questions!

Nature Bridge’s Spring 2013 Teacher Professional Development workshop series

Please help spread the word about NatureBridge’s Spring 2013 Teacher Professional Development workshop series!

Bring the Outside In this Saturday, February 23, 2013: 9:30am-3:30pm.
Learn simple strategies for building community, using nature in your lessons, and getting your students outdoors.

Lessons from the Ocean:
Saturday, March 23, 2013: 9:30am-3:30pm
Use ocean themes to improve science, math, and language arts skills.

Our Changing Climate
Saturday, April 13, 2013: 9:30am-3:30pm
Learn basic climate science and empower your students to take action.

Workshops will be held in San Francisco. They are FREE and include lunch and take-away teaching toolkits. STIPENDS are available for teacher teams from the same school who attend two or more workshops AND for teachers who can evidence implementation of any climate change materials.

For more information or to register, please visit our website:

BEETLES California Leadership Institute August 11-16, 2013

Please join us! Improve your program by designing and delivering more effective professional development for your staff.

The BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, Expertise & Sharing) California Leadership Institute for residential outdoor science school leaders will take place at Walker Creek Ranch Outdoor School in the beautiful rolling hills of West Marin County, August 11th-16th 2013. The California Leadership Institute is open to pairs of leaders from 12 selected California programs.

The BEETLES team at the Lawrence Hall of Science along with our national advisers and program leaders from partner sites throughout California, has designed and tested a set of engaging professional learning experiences and trail activities for residential outdoor science schools. These science experiences inspire exploration, wonder, curiosity, and critical thinking in both students and naturalists. BEETLES creates resources to encourage learning cycle-based activities, learner-centered discussion strategies, and scientific habits of mind in outdoor science schools that deepen students’ exploration and understanding of the natural world. Our goal is to support program leaders to deliver high quality professional development experiences to their staff.

The BEETLES California Leadership Institute will provide materials, tools, and opportunities to share and build leadership expertise to prepare participants to incorporate effective practices into professional learning experiences for their staff. Professional development sessions modeled during the institute will include:

  • Teaching and Learning,
  • Constructing Understanding, Questioning
  • Strategies
  • Promoting Discussion

What is Science, Evidence and Explanations, Observation in Nature, Assessing for Learning and Big Ideas: Energy and Matter in Ecosystems. Participants will receive a presenter’s guide for implementing the BEETLES professional development program, including several additional sessions. We will address implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards throughout the Institute. We will facilitate collaborative planning time, to prepare participants to field test BEETLES professional development sessions with their staff during the following year. Participants become official BEETLES field test partners, and will be credited for their input into the design of the final versions that will be available free of charge via the BEETLES web site.
Our commitment to you: 5 days of shared professional learning in a beautiful setting; stimulating discussions with colleagues aboutpedagogical research and big ideas in science; modeling
effective practices and student-tested trail activities; room and board; 2 days of on-site technical assistance in the following year (e.g., coaching, leading a demonstration session, or co-presenting with program leaders). And all of this, free-of-charge!

Your commitment to us: 5 days of time, focus, creative energy, and willingness to share expertise, from two program leaders (e.g., Director, Lead Naturalist); a commitment to incorporate BEETLES professional development into your program, to field test at least six of the professional development sessions with staff in the following year, and to provide us with feedback as requested.

If you are interested in applying, or would like to learn more, contact: Emily Arnold, BEETLES Project Manager.

or visit: (web site in progress) Please make sure we have your application by April 1, 2013!!!

Ecoliteracy for All Conference & Optional Training – ELL Strategies

Ecoliteracy for All 1st Annual Educator’s Conference - Saturday 5/4/13 – 10:00am-2:30pm

The Teacher Event Working Group is proud to announce that the 1st Annual Educators Conference will be happening on 5/4/13 at James Lick Middle School.  We decided to move the date back to allow for more planning time and we hope that you are still able to participate.  The conference will be centered around the 5 Ecoliterate Practices that are guiding SFUSD’s Ecoliteracy for All program.  To learn more about these practices, visit the Center for Ecoliteracy’s website.

What you need to know:
- We are seeking workshop presenters.  To apply to present a 1 hour workshop, please fill out this form
- We are seeking organizations to table at the resource fair. To apply to table, please out this form

Conference Schedule:
10:00-10:45 – Keynote Speaker and Other Presentations
10:50-11:50 – Workshop Session 1
12:00-1:20 – Lunch and Resource Fair
1:30-2:30 – Workshop Session 2

Other Important Details:
- This event will be free for all SFUSD teachers and pre-service teachers
- Revolution Foods will be providing lunch
- Teachers will register to attend the conference but will pick their workshop sessions day-of
- There will be parking

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association Events

You are invited on Saturday, February 23rd! We will be walking on a docent-led tour above the Point Reyes Elephant Seal breeding population during peak breeding and pupping season. Here are the details:

Point Reyes Elephant Seal Walk: Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Farallones Marine

Sanctuary Association Present: Sanctuary Explorations

Saturday, February 23rd, 2pm-4pm

Come Visit the Elephant Seals of Point Reyes with Sanctuary Naturalists and NPS Staff!

WHERE: Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore to catch the shuttle.

WHEN: Saturday, February 23rd, 2-4pm

COST: $10/person includes park shuttle; $5 for youths 16 and younger.

Join us for an elephantine adventure in Point Reyes! Hop on board the park shuttle and explore the life cycle of the northern elephant seal during pupping and mating season. Check out one of the most northern haul-outs for this marine mammal and glimpse some blubbery love, as February is the month of pupping and mating for elephant seals!

This is a Docent Led Walk: Point Reyes Docents will meet our group in the park to view groups of elephant seals in the midst of pupping and mating seasons.


Contact Erica Warren at: /232 or

Space is limited.

Thank you for your interest in Sanctuary programs, particularly Sanctuary Explorations.

Upcoming program: Historic Tour of Sausalito’s Wooden Boats!

Saturday, March 16th



Join us for an afternoon immersed in the history of the handmade wooden boats of Sausalito. View the hand-built ferry boats, the boat building school and meet the craftsmen that share their craft with youth from the bay area. check out the bohemian history of the house boats of Sausalito and traipse into the cottage for tea.

Upcoming Evening Program: Abalone Soiree

Saturday, March 23rd 7-10pm

Half Moon Bay, location TBD

Join us for an evening dedicated to the celebration and understanding of Red Abalone.

Only caught north of the center of the GOlden Gate Bridge, these Abalone have been farmed in Half Moon Bay for the past 13 years.

Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and lectures on the life cycle and ecology of the red abalone.

If you’ve ever been to one of our Soirees, you’ll know they are an active evening filled with science, art and conversation. I hope to see you there! For registration or information please contact Justin: 

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming programs!

SFMC Math Circle

======== Julia Robinson Math Festival ==================
* May 11 (Saturday) – Stanford Julia Robinson Math Festival
This festival is aimed at students in 6th—12th grade and will appeal
to a range of ability levels. Activities are designed to encourage
collaboration,  creative problem-solving,  and inspire curiosity.
Register online:
=== Upcoming Bay Area Teacher Events ==============

* April 2 (Tuesday) – SFMC Teachers’ Circle, Tatiana Shubin.
SFMC is sponsoring monthly dinners just for teachers with a special Math
Circle speaker. This program supports a professional learning community
built from the strong foundations of the SFMC. Join us for our next event
(April 2, 2013) for a presentation by San Jose Stat’s Tatiana Shubin.
SF Math Circle Teachers’ Circle – meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month;
to see more details and register please visit us online:

Register Now for Spring and Summer Field Trips @ CalAcademy

Plan a trip for this Spring or Summer!

Are you in school from June through August, 2013, or have a summer youth group?

Registration is now open for summer 2013 field trips!

You can bring a group of kids on either weekdays or weekends, except on or around holidays.

And remember, admission rates for both preK-12 school groups and those for youth-serving organizations such assummer camps, church groups, youth development programs, and sports clubs, are a healthy discount off general admission.

Reserve seats in advance for a Planetarium Show!
You can request seats in either the 10:30am or 3:30pm showing. Please note that school and youth groups will not be able to attend a show without a reservation and children must be at least 7 years old.

You can still plan a Spring 2013 field trip!
Dates are still available for school and youth trips through May 2013.

Apply soon as the popular spring months are filling up fast.

While you’re at the Academy…
If you are planning a trip to the Academy this spring or summer, you can check out our newest addition to African Hall.

Institute for Teachers of Color Applications Ready

Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice
San José State University; June 19-21, 2013
Applications Due: April 1, 2013

In California, students of color comprise over 70% of the public school population, but teachers of color make up less than 30% of the teaching force. With barriers such as limited resources, testing pressures and culturally-disconnected mandated curriculum, teachers of color with a commitment to racial justice face many challenges in realizing their vision, and can feel isolated in their work.

June 19-21, 2013, San José State University is hosting the third annual Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, a three-day conference to support the development, success and retention of teachers of color struggling to achieve racial justice in schools. It is intended as a community building, professional development space for teachers of color to explore the racial climate of their schools, receive training to navigate these realities, and strategize how to create racially transformative classrooms and schools. We are also accepting applications from school administrators of color and teacher educators of color who are interested in building alongside teachers.

The cost for attending the Institute is $150, which includes breakfast, lunch and materials for all three days (a limited number of scholarships are available for those who are not receiving district funding). Applications should be submitted by April 1, 2013 and we will notify applicants by early May. If you are interested in attending this Institute, please complete the application through the following link:

We are looking for teachers, school administrators and teacher educators of color who:
• Are committed to racial justice.
• Work at schools serving a significant population of students of color.
• Want to build a like-minded community.
• Have specific needs that can be met by the Institute.

We are also hoping to achieve racial and gender balance among participants to represent the diversity of teachers, school administrators, and teacher educators of color. Please submit any inquiries to Dr. Rita Kohli at .

Program Coordinators:
Rita Kohli, Department of Elementary Education, San José State University
Marcos Pizarro, Mexican American Studies, San José State University

Tickets for Math of Planet Earth at Palace of Fine Arts

We would like to invite you, your colleagues, science and math teachers and students, and any others who have some interest in science and math to a special lecture at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at 7:30 on March 4. The talk is by Dr. Emily Shuckburgh who is Head of Oceans Research at the British Antarctic Survey. Emily is an absolutely amazing speaker! This talk will be of interest to everyone and of particular interest to those who like math and science. Please pass this on to interested students as well!

The talk is entitled:

Climate disruption: What math and science have to say

You can get complimentary tickets by going to the website

and entering the discount code


The talk is sponsored by the Simons Foundation and will be hosted by AIM ( and MSRI ( – the two Bay Area mathematics institutes. The talk is part of the Mathematics of Planet Earth initiative that is going on this year. (See and )

FREE ACME/LHS Common Core Math Seminar

The Alameda Contra Costa Council of Mathematics Educators, ACME, is
pleased to invite you to our seventh FREE seminar on the new CA Common Core Standards in Mathematics this Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Lawrence Hall of Science, in Berkeley in the LHS Auditorium from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Dr. Alan H. Schoenfeld: Graduate School of Education, University of California at Berkeley, Teaching for Mathematical Sense-Making in the Spirit of the Common Core.

Part of what we love about mathematics is how beautifully it fits together. When you think about math in the right ways, the concepts and procedures we teach make sense and the formal mathematics brings it all together. From this perspective, the goal of teaching mathematically is to help students learn to think mathematically and
see math as a sense-making enterprise. This is what the Mathematical Practices in the Common Core State Mathematics Standards are all about.

In this talk Dr. Schoenfeld will give some examples of how mathematics can be viewed as a form of sense-making—and what happens when it is not. He will discuss how the Common Core Mathematics Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessments will support the kinds of teaching we want to do in order to help students become better mathematical thinkers. Alan will discuss some lessons he and others have been building which help to focus on student thinking and build productively on it. He will also discuss a framework that is being developed for focusing on productive behaviors in mathematics classrooms.

All educators are welcome to attend FREE. There is NO PRE-REGISTRATION. Those attending will be admitted FREE to the Lawrence Hall of Science and after the Seminar are welcome to view the Hall of Science’s many wonderful science and math exhibits.

Parking is ample—though there is a cost per hour for parking.
Carpooling is recommended.

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