With the goal of training a hundred thousand science, technology, engineering, and math teachers by 2021, 100Kin10 has announced the addition of forty-one programmatic partners and six funding partners.
The seventh and final cohort of programmatic partners announced by the network includes Chicago Public Schools, LEGO Education, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Funders joining the effort to end the STEM teacher shortage include the Grable Foundation, College Football Playoff, Infosys, the STEM Next Opportunity Fund, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and Lyda Hill Philanthropies. With the latest cohort included, 100Kin10 now works with more than three hundred and twenty organizations and has trained sixty-eight thousand new STEM teachers since 2011. According to the organization, it is on track to meet its goal of training a hundred thousand new STEM teachers by the end of 2020.
The organization's final push to achieve its goal is focused on addressing what it has identified as the root causes of the STEM teacher shortage by providing catalysts such as teacher bonuses, scholarships and loan forgiveness, additional professional development opportunities, and state-level tracking of STEM teacher supply and demand.
"The 100Kin10 network provides a unique opportunity to explore potential solutions to some of the more persistent challenges we face related to STEM education in a large urban district," said CPS chief education officer LaTanya McDade. "As educators, we know the importance of collaboration to support continuous improvement and growth. The diverse perspectives from partners across this network will be a great support for us, and we look forward to the conversations and learning that will inform our strategies for supporting our teachers and students."
"This group is a welcome addition as we enter our final push in achieving our goal and look toward our future in solving systemic issues around the teacher shortage in America," said 100Kin10 executive director Talia Milgrom-Elcott. "Each organization is doing incredible, inspiring work to build the movement for better, bolder, and more accessible STEM education. We're thrilled to have them as our newest partners in collaboration, learning, and continuous improvement to creatively solve the STEM teacher crisis."