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CSME Newsletter for December

Interested in becoming a middle/high school Mathematics or Science TEACHER?

Want to learn about life in the classroom? 

To meet fellow students interested in teaching and EXPLORE the teaching profession…

Attend the Math and Science Teacher Initiative

PhilG09Guest Speaker and Instructor:
Ed Marquez

Ed teaches math at Washington High School and is the founder/Program Director of Athletes in Math Succeed (AIMS), which earlier this year received congressional and media recognition for helping the most number of male minorities pass advanced math courses in the history of Washington High. He is responsible for developing the afterschool math tutoring program and is currently creating a nationwide model for a teen student athlete study center resembling CAL’s successful program. He also serves as an educational advisor on NBC’s Editorial Board and enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle and 3 kids.

MSTI Meetings are a place for SF State students to connect, talk about mathematics and science teaching, meet experienced teachers from the SF Bay Area, attend hands-on workshops and find out more about the requirements for entering our mathematics or science teaching credential program. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME!

Friday Dec. 11th from 4-6PM TH 513
FREE to Attend * Food & Drink * RSVP Today!
RSVP by E-mail to

Spaceward Bound

Mojave Spaceward Bound is a Field Expedition for Pre-Service Teachers and Undergraduate Science Majors interested in teaching K-12, in partnership with the The California State University Chancellor’s Office and San Francisco State University and the California State University Desert Research Station at Zzyzx, California.


Pre-service teachers and undergraduate science or math majors from San Francisco State University will study side-by-side with world-renowned planetary scientists who search for life in extreme environments. See pictures from past Spaceward Bound expeditions on our Flickr Page.

The 2010 Spaceward Bound program will be held in the Mojave National Preserve from March 28 – April 2, 2010 (SF State’s Spring Break), and will be based out of the CSU Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx (10 miles south of Baker, CA in the Mojave National Preserve).


For more information and to download our application visit our website:
Hard copies of the application are available outside SCI 211 – Applications Due Friday December 18th 2009


UC Irvine has developed free online classes for CSET test preparation – See for these classes.  They have all the math tests completed and are now
working on science.

Math Teachers K9-14: NSF Summer Fast-Track Math Training…Apply Now Limited Slots

The National Science Foundation awarded a major grant to CSU Sacramento to create Fast-Track Math (FTM) Administrators with a focus on bringing more women to STEM fields through increased enrollment and success in math courses. The NSF knows that achievement and persistence in math is a gate-keeper for entry into STEM careers. FTM-Women Trainees are encouraged to participant as two person teams. Participation for the FTMW Train-the-Trainer summer 2010 is limited. It requires a two week on site Practicum accompanied by video, animated flash, manuals, classroom management software and webinars.

Participants: Men and Women with math credentials (or equivalent).

Train-the-Trainer Program with two modules: Fast-Track Math (FTM) and Gender Equity in STEM (GES). Participants will return to their educational institution able to train their teacher-peers in:

1) Fast-Track Math an intervention that fills gaps in students’ math background, preparing them to succeed in the traditional curriculum.
2) Recruitment strategies to bring more women into math courses. Understand and share techniques to create classroom environments that encourage the success of women in math. The insight, skills and ability mastered by the newly created FTMW Administrators will benefit all students and can be offered to large numbers with the Fast-Track Math Teacher Training program coincident with the first FTMW offering at your institution. Application and Detailed Description available at:

Open Applications to Become a Biology Partner in the High School POGIL Initiative (HSPI)

This message is announcing a call for applications to become a biology Partner in the High School POGIL Initiative (HSPI).  Any current high school teacher of biology is eligible to apply.  Please forward this message to anyone you think might be interested.

We are seeking individuals to take a leadership role in the development of POGIL classroom materials for high school biology and chemistry courses, and in the dissemination of the POGIL pedagogy to high school teachers across the country.  Although some knowledge of POGIL and experience implementing POGIL in the classroom is important, this is not the only criterion that will be used in the selection of Partners.   Our goal is to assemble a diverse group of Partners who will work effectively as a team, whose teaching experiences and environments span a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives, and who provide us with representation from all parts of the country.  In this context, we encourage applications from any current high school teacher with a strong interest in this effort.

More information about the HSPI and the Partner application process can be found at the following address:
Completed applications are due by December 4th, 2009.
Please direct questions concerning the HSPI to

CSME Newsletter 09/24/09

MSTI Community Meeting Friday Oct. 2nd 4-6PM

Interested in becoming a middle/high school Mathematics or Science teacher? Want to learn some hands-on, minds-on teaching techniques for your future classroom?

Attend the Math & Science Teacher Initiative(MSTI) Community Meeting…


Guest Speaker and Instructor:
Philip Gonsalves

Philip Gonsalves is a Mathematics Coordinator at the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE). He has been teaching mathematics at California State University, East Bay since 1986 and is also a former Oakland public middle school teacher. Philip is the Executive Director of the Alameda County Collaborative for Learning and Instruction in Mathematics (ACCLAIM) and Co-Director of the Mathematics Development Center @ ACOE, which provides direct support, professional development and coaching to over 30 districts throughout California.

Participants will learn how to effectively implement current K-12 mathematics education research into daily classroom practice. The “research-into-practice” will include strategies for developing relational thinking, effective use of alternative algorithms, and developing connections within and through mathematics. This workshop is accessible to all levels of mathematics backgrounds!

Friday Oct. 2nd from 4-6PM HH 245
FREE to Attend * Food & Drink * Space is Limited so RSVP Today!
RSVP by E-mail to

Volunteer Opportunities

Willard Middle School Looking for Tutors and TAs
Willard Phoenix Rising provides a wide range of enrichment opportunities to Willard Middle School students.  They have a wide range of opportunities available — tutoring students, teaching or assisting with all sorts of enrichment classes, leading or assisting with youth groups, coaching or scorekeeping for sports, etc.  Programs run from 3-6pm M, Tu, Th & F, and from 2-6pm on Wednesdays. Contact Zoey Zotigh, Coordinator  Phone:  (510) 644-6557


The College of Science and Engineering offers exclusive  scholarships for students in all departments: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy. Award amounts range from $1,000 – $2,500 per student!  Download applications here. If you have any questions contact Lannie Nguyen-Tang.



CSTA is pleased to announce that, through the generosity of a grant provided by Northrop Grumman, they will be offering seven (7) new teachers a scholarship to attend the 2009 California Science Education Conference in Palm Springs. The applicant criteria details of the scholarship and application form are provided below. CSTA asks the favor of sharing this information with your networks in order to get the information out to those science teachers that may be eligible for this scholarship.

Applicant Criteria:
-> Science teacher in a diverse student population elementary or middle school.
-> Science teacher in their first five years of teaching.
-> Teacher has received approval to be absent from the classroom on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, 2009 for purposes of attending the conference.

Scholarship will cover the following expenses:
-> Full conference registration
-> Three nights hotel accommodation
-> One year membership in CSTA
-> Up to $100 in travel expenses

Application Deadline: October 9, 2009
California Science Education Conference
Palm Springs, October 22 – 25 for the 2009
For Full Details Click Here to Download Application Form

UC Irvine has developed free online classes for CSET test preparation – See for these classes.  They have all the math ones completed and are now
working on science.

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