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Asian Pacific Community Fund- Verizon $20,000 in Scholarship Awards!

The Asian Pacific Community Fund partners with Verizon to financially assist students in pursuit of higher education as they face the challenge of significantly rising costs of obtaining a college degree. These awards will support those who excel academically, are leaders amongst their peers and are making a positive impact in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.


  • Be a citizen, national, legal permanent resident of the U.S., or citizen of the Freely Associated States.
  • Be a resident of California, Oregon or Washington or attending college in one of these states.
  • Be enrolled in a U.S. accredited 4-year college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, student majoring in math, science or related field.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Selection Criteria:

Awardees will be selected based on the following criteria:

1. Essay questions (2)

2. Grade Point Average (GPA)

3. Community Involvement

4. Leadership

Apply Online: You may complete the application online through–>>

Deadline: The deadline to submit your application for the 2011-1st Cycle is March 30, 2011. Hard copies of applications must be received by the Asian Pacific Community Fund office no later than the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will be ineligible. Submission of more than one application will also result in disqualification.

Join Teach For America!

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college
 graduates and professionals – of all majors, backgrounds, and career
interests – who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public
 schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity.

Each year, we select a diverse corps of individuals who have the skills and
 commitment to improve the quality of education for students growing up today
in low-income communities, and to help break the cycle of educational
inequity. We will train you during a rigorous pre-service summer training
program; place you as a teacher with full salary and benefits in an urban or
rural public schools; and continue to support you through a two-year
professional development program to ensure your success as a teacher and

Right now, 8,200 corps members are teaching in 39 regions across the country
while over 20,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and 
outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to
 ensure educational excellence and equity.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2.5 Minimum Cumulative GPA
  • US Citizenship or National/Permanent Resident Status

Sign up online today to learn more and to be notified about future 

Positions are full salary and benefits. Federal student loans deferred. All 
majors and professional experiences.

Purple Comet Math Meet!

The Purple Comet! Math Meet is an annual, FREE, international, team,
mathematics contest designed for middle school and high school
students. Although the competition is designed for students, the
contest has a non-competitive category which is open to teams with no
age or grade restrictions. Non-competitive teams do not have their
contest results posted for others to see, and they do not receive
awards, but they can compare their results to the results of the
competitive teams.

It is our hope that interested college students and, in particular,
math education students, will form teams and participate in our
contest. We see it as a good way to show these current and prospective
mathematics teachers what middle and high school level mathematics
competitions can be like.

There are two levels of competition:

  • the middle school contest consists of 20 problems to be completed in 60 minutes;
  • the high school contest consists of 30 problems to be completed in 90 minutes.

There are four categories of teams:

  • teams whose members all attend the same large school;
  • teams whose members all attend the same small school;
  • teams whose members attend more than one school or are home schooled;
  • teams with no restrictions that do not compete for awards.

For more information about the rules and instructions please visit:

Science In the Park

In this week-long workshop, you’ll learn about ecological roles of organisms as you record and reflect on experiences using a simple but significant tool—the science journal. Topics covered include the ecology of the park and the plant and animal interactions found in our local environment.

When: Monday through Friday, June 6-10, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Throughout Golden Gate Park

Who: Kindergarten through 5th grade teachers

Participating partners also include the deYoung Fine Arts Museum!

Download the application today at

Video Lessons From The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

The purpose of (TIMSS) is to make available to the public the 53 public use video lessons that were collected as part of the TIMSS video studies. A team led by Dr. Jim Stigler, Professor of Psychology at the University of California Los Angeles, constructed and manages the site. They plan to add features as requested, and so welcome feedback posted to the site’s discussion forum about what would improve its usefulness and how you will use the video lessons. On the site you will find not only the 53 videos, but also translations of the videos into English, linked by time codes to the videos, and various resources that accompany the videos such as textbook pages and teacher commentaries. The site is intended for use by education researchers, teachers, administrators: in short, anyone interested in exploring the teaching practices of different countries. Each video comes with full English-translation subtitles, a searchable transcript, and accompanying resources such as scanned text materials and teacher commentaries.

Access requires free registration. In the nine days since the site launched, more than a thousand people from over 57 countries have signed up. TIMSS is a project of UCLA and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is funded by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For more information about TIMSS or to access the videos please click here

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