Black Girls CODE Bay Area Chapter Presents: Code A Brighter Future Hackathon

Black Girls CODE is teaming with Colgate to deliver a free girls-only hackathon (6th – 12th grade) as they push young women to “Code a Brighter Future”.


When you picture a promising future, what do you see? What changes do you envision in your community? How is your day-to-day life improved? What challenges do you anticipate we’ll experience with our environment or wildlife? What would you build to make the future you foresee a reality? Use your imagination to create a mobile app that paves the way for a brighter future.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event designed to bring groups of people together as they work collaboratively to solve a wide-array of problems through computer programming. Black Girls CODE youth hackathons are education focused and allow students to work in teams with experienced mentors over a weekend building apps and tools.

This hackathon will provide each Tech Diva with the opportunity to take part in a three-day youth focused hackathon that encourages creativity and teamwork. Ladies will learn how to design and build apps, concluding the weekend with team presentations and solution demos live on stage!

Who can participate in the hackathon?

The Code a Brighter Future Hackathon is open to girls, grade 6 – 12, of all experience levels. Previous computer camps and STEM exposure are great, but young ladies new to coding and app development are welcomed and encouraged to register as well!

Inviting Tech Divas fitting into the following categories to register today:

  • Girls of all experience levels
  • Girls entering 6th through 12th grade next year
  • Girls who are interested in computer science, STEM, mobile applications, and gaming

What’s the schedule?

Friday, September 22nd: 6:00pm – 9:00pm (registration begins at 5:00pm) – Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, SF, Ca

Saturday, Sepetmber 23rd: 9:00am – 6:00pm (registration begins at 8:00am ) – Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, SF, CA

Sunday, September 24th: 9:00am – 6:00pm (registration begins at 8:00am ) – Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, SF, CA

Click here to register.

PAASSC Host’s Equity and Inclusion Workshop

  • Equity and Inclusion Workshop
  • Brainstorming with Mandarin Immersion Administrators
  • Developing Collaboratives!

PAASSC is working in partnership with Administrator’s from local Bay Area Chinese Immersion school sites. We have developed a three part seminar addressing Equity and Inclusion. We understand that our children have an increased opportunity to succeed when the school is committed to creating equitable classroom experiences for students.

Our first seminar took place at Yu Ming Charter School in Oakland, CA. Yu Ming has recently partnered with the National Equity Project in their efforts to provide equitable and inclusive experiences for each of their youth.

equity-vs-equalityWe are clear that Equity and Equality involve very different strategies and that both do not lead to better outcomes for all youth. As indicated in the picture we have to ensure equity before we can address equality.

Administrators at Mandarin Immersion school sites from San Francisco, Hayward and Oakland attended our seminar. The Administrators were motivated, engaged and goal oriented in their discussions.

We have two additional seminars. On March 21st we will discuss strategies regarding “Assessing School Readiness: Strengths, Gaps, Needs”. On May 3rd we will discuss “Developing a Vision” and next steps. PAASSC is committed to working with Administrators to develop structural changes necessary to create equitable classroom experiences for our youth.

20 Scholarships for Students Traveling to China

Chinese is easyThis article is part of a three-part series on finding scholarships in China. For more information, check out Finding the Right Scholarship for China Study and Your Guide to Chinese Government Scholarships.

by Austin Groves and Francis Miller

Scholarships for study in China can be challenging to find on your own. Each has its own eligibility requirements, deadlines and essay topics. So how do you know a scholarship is worth it?

Here are twenty scholarships that we think are worth the extra effort. The first ten are scholarships that just about anyone can apply for while the rest have a more specialized focus.

If you want to study in China, we want you to know that not only is it possible but there’s money out there for you to do it. Good luck!

(Scholarships are listed in alphabetical order.)

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Award Amount:
 Up to $5000; an additional $8000 for critical need language
Deadline: March 2014

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State support students who enroll in a study or credit-bearing internship abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the recipient of a Federal Pell Grant.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowship Language Grants
Award Amount:
Full program tuition
Deadline: December 31, 2013

The Blakemore Foundation awards fellowships to individuals who spend a year abroad in a full-time intensive language program. Tuition is provided for the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University or the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with an undergraduate degree and have an advanced command of the target language.

Boren Scholarship for International Study
Award Amount: $8000/summer; $10,000/semester; $20,000/academic year
Deadline: February 5, 2014; check with your university’s Boren campus representative

The National Security Education Program funds students to acquire language skills and academic credit in programs and areas that are of critical importance to national security and sustainable development. All applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in an undergraduate degree-granting program at a U.S. university and be able and willing to fulfill the NSEP service requirement. A separate competition is available for graduate students.

Chinese Government Scholarships
Award Amount: Full program tuition, room and board, medical expenses, monthly living stipend
Deadline: April 2013

Chinese government scholarships provide an opportunity for students to pursue an undergraduate degree, graduate degree or language acquisition at a Chinese university. These scholarships are merit-based and include tuition, housing and even a monthly living stipend. Programs usually last two or more years, although you do not need to participate in a degree-granting program. The Chinese Scholarship Council oversees many Chinese government scholarships.

Confucius Institute (Hanban) Scholarships
Award Amount:
 Full program tuition, room and board, basic health insurance, monthly living stipend
Deadline: Varies

The ”Confucius Institute Scholarship” program seeks to promote Chinese language and culture and cultivate qualified Chinese language teachers. This program provides financial aid for students, scholars and Chinese language teachers worldwide to get a master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages in Chinese universities. This program is also geared toward students interested in majors like Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy.

Critical Language Scholarship Program
Award Amount:
Full program tuition, room and board, overseas health benefits, travel expenses, visa fee, cultural activities
Deadline: November 15, 2013

The U.S. Department of State sponsors summer institutes all over the world to provide intensive language training. Chinese programs in Chengdu, Qingdao, Suzhou, and Xiamen offer full-time intensive language instruction and cultural activities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree granting program at an American university.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Program (FLAS)
Award Amount: $7500/summer; $15,000/academic year
Deadline: Varies

The International Education Program Service of the U.S. Department of Education provides grants to universities to support students for either domestic or international language acquisition. Applicants must explain how a FLAS will help them in their future studies or career. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and apply through a university that has received an allocation of grant money. A separate competition is available for graduate students.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Award Amount:
$3000/summer; $5000/semester; $7000/academic year
Deadline: Not available until 2014

The Institute of International Education of the U.S. Department of State oversees students to participate in a credit-awarding study abroad program in Asia. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate degree-granting program with demonstrated financial need and have little or no experience in the target Asian region. Participants must complete a service project sharing their experiences upon their return.

Luce Scholars Program
Award Amount: Full program tuition
Deadline: November 1, 2013

The Henry Luce Foundation provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia to 15-18 Luce Scholars each year. College seniors, graduate students and young professionals who have had limited exposure to Asia are welcome to apply.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: October 15, 2013

The U.S. Department of State funds candidates who design projects lasting for 10 months beginning in early September 2014 or early March 2015. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and possess a bachelor’s degree before the beginning of the grant. Candidates should not have spent considerable time in their project region. Applicants can add three to six months of intensive language study to their grant by applying for the Critical Language Enhancement Award.

Americans Promoting Study Abroad
Award Amount: Full program tuition, room and board, travel expenses, visa fee, cultural activities
Deadline: 2014 date not announced yet

High school students with prior Chinese language learning experience are encouraged to apply to this four to six week summer program in Beijing. This trip will include intensive Chinese language study, as well as exposure to Chinese culture and society. The program will also include field trips to cultural sites, participation in a community service project, and exposure to a range of international careers in business, government and other areas.

Foundation for Global Scholars General Scholarships
Award Amount:
$1000 – $2500
Deadline: Spring programs: November 22, 2014; summer: April 11, 2014; fall: June 27, 2014

The Foundation for Global Scholars supports the development of future global leaders with over 200 scholarships. Dedicated funding is available for students underrepresented in overseas programs, including students with ethnically diverse backgrounds and disabilities, science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) majors and students from the Rocky Mountain region in the U.S. Applicants must be able to transfer credit from the study abroad program toward their degree.

2013 James Bradley Peace Foundation to China
Award Amount: Full program tuition, room and board, travel expenses, visa fee, cultural activities
Deadline: January 15, 2014

The James Bradley Peace Foundation Scholarship, provides academic year scholarships to China and Vietnam. Open to all U.S. high school students, but students attending specific high schools will have selection priority. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Only U.S. citizens may apply.

National Security Language Initiative For Youth (NSLI-Y)
Award Amount: Full program tuition, room/board, insurance, travel expenses, cultural activities
Deadline: November 5

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State provides summer and yearlong language learning programs in critical-need regions. Participants will engage in rigorous language training and have the opportunity to participate in cultural immersion activities. Applicants must be U.S. high school students in good academic standing and may not be a dependent of an employee of the U.S. Department of State.

New England—China Scholarship Program
Award Amount: Full program tuition
Deadline: Rolling

The New England—China Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for New England public and private university students and graduates to attend a Chinese institution of higher education. The scholarship covers tuition and fees and is available to undergraduate- and graduate-level students. Individual scholarships will have a duration of up to one year and are renewable upon review. Students must first register on the program website, apply to an eligible university and then apply for the scholarship.

The Academy Scholars Program and The Academy Graduate Fellows Program
Award Amount: Varies significantly
Deadline: October 1

Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs provides stipends to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows to conduct research in non-Western areas of the world. This program is very competitive, accepting only 1-2% of applicants. Anyone may apply as long as they are within three years of completing a Ph.D. program or have already received their Ph.D.

The Fund for Education Abroad General Scholarships
Award Amount: Up to $10,000/academic year
Deadline: Applications open in November 2013

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is committed to increasing the opportunities for students to participate in rigorous study abroad programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled at undergraduate programs in the U.S. and be committed to supporting education abroad through work with FEA after completion of the program. Special consideration will be given to students who are pursuing a foreign language, studying in a non-traditional study abroad location or are from an underrepresented group.

The Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Award Amount: Up to $45,000/academic year for up to two years
Deadline: November 8, 2013

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or be a college senior in good standing. Applicants must be naturalized citizens, permanent residents or children of naturalized U.S. citizens and accepted to a graduate institution in the United States. This fellowship is to be used for graduate studies in the U.S. but international study is encouraged.

Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Award Amount: Up to $40,000/academic year
Deadline: Applications open summer 2014

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, this fellowship award supports students who have an interest in joining the Foreign Service. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens in their junior year of undergraduate study or seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program. Participants must attend a U.S. university degree-granting program but international study is encouraged.

Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program
Award Amount: Up to $35,000
Deadline: Varies

The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field. The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook. Special consideration is given to applicants with language capabilities to carry out projects in non-English speaking countries.

Tips for Planning for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference in Dual Language Programs

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I cannot believe it is that time of the year already! Parent-Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. It seems like it was yesterday when I was running around trying to set up my classroom and getting ready to start the new school year. But, time flies. It is already November and before we know it, a new calendar year is upon us.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are a great opportunity to check on your child’s progress and mastery of academic standards. With Common Core implementation already rolling in many schools, it is always helpful to be proactive and know what the new changes/expectations in curriculum are. For example, with the new standards, there is a major emphasis on reading informational text (not just narrative), writing opinion pieces, and supporting both reading and writing with textual evidence. When it comes to math, children are now spending more time on major concepts; therefore, giving children the opportunity for more practice and understanding.

So, do you know what specific questions to ask during this precious time? Conferences do not last more than 20 minutes. Actually on average parents and teachers meet for about 15 minutes.

Below I have compiled a few tips to help you navigate this time with ease and more importantly – success:

  • Have a discussion with you child prior to attending the conference. Ask him/her about his/her academic progress. What are the areas he/she feels successful? What areas have room for improvement? As a parent, you want to make sure you walk into the conference informed of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Educators WANT parents to be involved. If you have an honest understanding of where your child stands, it will be a much more productive conversation
  • Draft a list of questions you want to ask. If you have them written down, chances are that you will ask them.
    • Ask about your child’s reading level and what that means
    • Is his/her reading at grade level?
    • What about your child’s fluency and expression?
    • Homework. How long should it take to complete?
    • Mathematics. How is your child performing? (Fact fluency, number sense, geometry, problem solving, etc.)
    • How is your child’s writing? Is he/she writing fluently?
    • What genres is he/she most successful and what genres should he/she spend more time practicing?
  • Leave the conference with a plan of action. Discussing progress is great, but what next? Make sure you discuss a plan of action with your child’s teacher. What do you and him/her commit to do and how is progress going to be determined? If your child needs help mastering multiplication tables (for example), what are you going to do at home to help?
  • Request to see work samples. Your child’s teacher will most likely have plenty of samples for you to see. But, what does an exemplary paper look like? What should your child be aiming at? I am not saying this for you to compare your child to others, but to rather see where he/she should be
  • Assume always the best intentions. This applies to every aspect of our lives. Assume positive intent and keep in mind that teachers wan the best for your child
  • Give your child feedback about the conference. Children want to hear how they are doing. Do not forget to share the major points of your conference with your child

The truth is that I could draft an infinite list, but ‘keeping it short and sweet’ is always a plus. Remember that you and your child’s teacher are a team – together you can work great things.

Top 10 Reasons for African American Students to Go Abroad

APSA Travel Abroad - Great WallBy Starlett Craig

Before going abroad, I was an armchair traveler. I sat at my desk semester after semester doing my job as an international student adviser. I was fascinated by all the students I met, but I was most impressed with the commitment of the Jamaican teachers. For the first time in their lives they were a minority in another country. Yet they never stopped pursuing their educational goals. Against the odds, year after year, they came and went, each with that prized possession: a bachelors or masters degree in education.

I wondered what enabled them to be so confident in their ability to succeed in the U.S. Over the years, it became apparent to me that no one had told them that they could not be successful. Study abroad was the ultimate means to achieve the best possible education.

The students I advised became my role models. They are also the model I put before all African American students.

Click here to see Craig’s top 10 reasons.

Benefits of Experiencing Life in China



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