The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced nearly $20 million in funding from a dozen corporate and foundation partners in support of 100Kin10, a multi-sector initiative developed by Carnegie in collaboration with Opportunity Equation to prepare, deploy, and support 100,000 STEM teachers over the next ten years.
Since the initiative's launch at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago earlier this year, more than eighty partners have joined the effort. The initial funding base of $20 million can be allocated to any of the 100Kin10 partner organizations at the discretion of individual funder. For example, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, an early funder of the effort, committed $3 million to support partners that are preparing, training, and retaining excellent STEM teachers in California. Other partners include NASA, Google, the New York City Department of Education, Stanford University, and Teach for America.
As part of the initiative, California State University will prepare 1,500 new math and science teachers annually through 2015; Google and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT will work together to build out a blueprint for a high-profile recognition program for the top 5 percent of STEM teachers nationwide; and NASA will leverage its resources to support training and development of educators by providing access to research opportunities, science and engineering activities, and innovations and technologies applicable to the classroom.
"President Obama and I believe that recruiting and preparing one hundred thousand excellent new teachers in the STEM fields is essential for our students' success in the twenty-first century knowledge economy," said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City last week. "We need an all-hands-on-deck strategy to make this happen. I applaud the work of Carnegie Corporation and the Opportunity Equation and the eighty organizations including corporations, universities, nonprofits, states, and districts that are coming together under the banner of '100Kin10' to provide our students with a world-class education in the STEM subjects."