Twenty-six individual representatives from nine 100Kin10 partner organizations have been selected to participate in 100Kin10’s third annual Fellowship Program:
- Center for Science Teaching and Learning, Northern Arizona University
- Center for the Future of Arizona
- Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum
- NC School of Science and Math
- National Geographic Education
- National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY)
- New Visions for Public Schools
- University of Missouri College of Education (Mizzou Ed)
Over the next four to eight months, 100Kin10’s 2017 Fellows will act as a collaborative community and will use human-centered design principles to brainstorm, prototype, test, and iterate on innovative solutions to the critical challenge area: in too many classrooms, PK-12 teachers lack flexibility to experiment with their instruction and permission to fail in service of deeper STEM learning. To better prepare students to solve the globe’s most pressing problems, we must help all students learn STEM content in active ways that support their creative use of this knowledge.
Solutions that prepare and empower teachers to experiment with their instruction in ways that lead them to do more active STEM learning in their classrooms may range from new approaches to teacher training and professional learning communities, to revisions to school norms and the structure of the school day, to shifts in a district’s testing priorities and approaches toward student and teacher evaluation, among others.
100Kin10 is eager to work with this outstanding group of partner organizations in designing solutions around this critical need. As 100Kin10 Executive Director Talia Milgrom-Elcott said in an article in The 74 on this topic: “How to allow for this [student risk-taking] in the classroom is a tough question, so tough that 100Kin10 instituted a fellowship to gather thought leaders on how to make this happen. But a starting point is creating teacher evaluations that encourage experimentation and creativity.”