2018 to See More Emergency Hiring to Cover STEM Teacher Gap

January 22, 2018

THE Journal features a piece on 100Kin10’s 2017 Trends Report:

It’s five years into the launch of 100Kin10, the organization that’s focused on getting 100,000 K-12 teachers prepared to teach on science, technology, engineering and math topics in the nation’s schools. Right now, the non-profit has hit slightly more than 40 percent of its goal with five years to go. Recently, the organization offered several predictions for the new year, which included an emphasis on school culture, the use of “emergency credentials” to fill STEM hiring gaps and more political engagement to make sure the current administration doesn’t forsake a national interest in science altogether.

According to 100Kin10, the “highest-leverage root causes” for the current STEM teacher shortage are linked to school culture and, in particular, to the culture of professional development, collaboration and accountability. According to a teacher survey, 69 percent of respondents said their principals give “little to no time for them to collaborate and learn from other STEM teachers in their school or district.” Lately, however, the organization has seen a shift with a renewed emphasis on “making schools great places to work.” That includes principals supporting STEM and giving teachers the time they need to work with other STEM educators.

Read the full piece here.