100Kin10 leads innovative effort to name the grand challenges in STEM teaching

January 11, 2016

100Kin10 is continuing the potentially revolutionary work to identify, understand, and activate solutions against the large, system-level barriers that stand in the way of achieving our goal of recruiting, training, supporting, and retaining 100,000 excellent STEM teachers.

100Kin10 began this work in winter 2015, developing an initial list of challenge areas through interviews with STEM teachers, principals, and other stakeholders. At the annual Summit, over 200 partners workshopped the challenges areas, providing context and nuance around the root causes and envisioned solutions that respond to them. That input was used to develop the next iteration of draft grand challenges.

100Kin10 has continued to gather feedback on this draft challenge tree. With an invitation from the Office of Science and Technology Policy, 100Kin10 hosted a workshop at the White House with the winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Participants provided feedback on the root causes while also sharing personal experiences of how they had overcome or worked around some of these challenges. More than 100 partners also engaged with it at Back-to-School breakfasts held in regional hubs around the country this past fall.

By mid-late 2016, 100Kin10 will develop a finalized set of grand challenges, root causes, and bright spots, supported by rich data, nuance, and texture. The work will also result in a compendium of white papers on each facet of the challenge areas, documenting root causes, contexts, policies, bright spots, and relevant research. Important components of this work include:
• Establishing a Leadership Advisory Panel to inform our research approach, data collection methods, and findings;
• Creating a Partner Working Group to gather insights on various STEM teaching and learning topics and dig deep into the “bright spots” of our partners’ work;
• Forming a STEM Teacher Advisory Panel to provide context, share on-the-ground or “in-the-classroom” experiences, and ensure our project is comprehensive, thoughtful, and well-rounded; and
• Collecting input from teachers, principals, sector leaders, and other stakeholders through surveys and interviews.

Get involved with this work. You can:
Track progress on the work: Stay up-to-date with the development of the challenge areas, and be ready to act on them when the final set is distributed later this year. Navigate to the News section of 100Kin10.org for information and updates.
Contribute to the conversation: Take a survey – whether you’re a STEM teacher, a principal, a STEM undergraduate, or a nonprofit leader – to share your insights on the challenge areas and their root causes and to highlight bright spots that showcase strong work already happening within the challenge area. Access the surveys through 100Kin10’s webpage as soon as they are live (mid-March).
Spread the word: Connect us to your networks of STEM teachers, STEM teacher candidates, principals, and other STEM education stakeholders so that they can get involved and contribute to the conversation. Contact us at grandchallenges@100Kin10.org for next steps.

Stay tuned to www.100Kin10.org for more opportunities to contribute to identifying the STEM teaching grand challenges.